March 2014 ASCA News 

Alaska State Council on the Arts Statewide Arts & Culture Conference
Latitude: 2014 Arts Convergence
Registration is now open for Latitude: 2014 Arts Convergence, ASCA's statewide arts and culture conference to be held May 1-3 in Anchorage! We have special early registration rates until March 21st. Register now at:

Latitude will offer traditional conference elements such as panels, plenary speeches, and networking opportunities, along with ways to connect with individual artists, arts organizations and their communities.

Additionally, we will expand the scope of conference activities through a number of innovations, including:
  • Integrated artist performances and presentations, including an off-site First Friday "Passport" event that activates public spaces, artists, and galleries beyond the conference rooms.
  • Artistic responses to general sessions
  • Pop-up arts activities and performances
  • Opportunities for attendees to impact the future direction of the arts in Alaska through high-level plenary sessions and working group break-out sessions.
And last but not least, we will be offering two high-level professional development sessions for individual artists:
  • An intensive Creative Capital professional development training for individual artists that will be held Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 3. Because space is limited, artists must apply to participate here: The deadline to apply is March 24, 2014.
  • A high-level professional development seminar for musicians that will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and led by the esteemed Storm Gloor, a music business professor at the University of Colorado-Denver. Because space is limited, musicians must apply to participate here: The deadline to apply is March 24, 2014.

Please note that a special 50% discount rate is being offered for independent professional artists and students (current I.D. required at check-in). For more information, please contact Keren Lowell at: ASCA will also offer a limited number of travel/tuition scholarships for participants traveling to Anchorage to attend. Applications for scholarships will open soon. 

In This Issue
Arts & Culture Conference
Contemporary Art Bank Call
Bethel Fish Skin Workshop
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Education and Youth
Employment and Internships
Announcements and Articles of Interest
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Congratulations to the 2014 Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists! 


The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announce the Alaska state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The annual competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Tuesday, March 11, at 5 pm, 10 high school students from around the state will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals at the new 360 North Studio at the KTOO Building.


The Alaskan Finalists are:

  • Vy Tuong Be from Unalaska City School, Unalaska
  • Katherine Carstensen-Zerbst from North Pole High School, North Pole
  • Owen Fulton from Sitka High School, Sitka
  • Tyler Kelly from Twindly Bridge Charter School, Wasilla
  • Angela Nashalook from Unalakleet School, Unalakleet
  • Maeva Ordaz from West Anchorage High School, Anchorage
  • Rafael Sales from Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau
  • John Sarmiento from Homer High School, Homer
  • Hazel Underwood from Kenny Lake School, Copper Center
  • ZoŽ Wassman from Skagway School, Skagway

To attend the State Competition at the 360 North Studios in Juneau reserve your seats now! Admission is free, but seats are limited.  


If you're not in Juneau and you would like to organize a watching party to support the state finalists, there will be a livestream webcast of the competition.  Click on the link, and the webcast will become active at 5 p.m. on Tuesday the 11th!  

Alaska Contemporary Art Bank 2014 Call for Art - Coming soon!

Tips for Alaskan Visual Artists:  

Submitting Your Work for Purchase by the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank


Have you wondered: how does ASCA purchase art for its lending collection, the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank? We're about to do it once again, so please get ready and do the following:

  • Set up a user profile on It's easy, and the only way to apply for this and many other art calls.
  • Make some great art! Our state-wide jury will be looking at all media, with an eye towards durability and suitability for a public setting. Then get some good-quality photographs made to show off your work.
  • Upload your artwork photos to your CaFE profile. Many people find this daunting; CaFE has technical help with formatting your images, help forums, and FAQs on their site to talk you through it.
  • Keep your eyes on our web site or for the announcement (soon!) that the call is open, and apply through CaFE. It's free and opens doors to many other opportunities. The call will have much more information - this notice is to help you get started.

If you have any questions about this call or process, please contact Janelle Matz or Andrea Noble-Pelant  

The deadline for entry is: April 30, 2014.


Master Artist Fish Skin Workshop in Bethel
Early morning frozen chum run


This February a group of artists, some of whom had traveled from Sitka, Homer, Aniak, Toksook Bay, Nunapitchuk, and Kipnuk, gathered at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska to participate in a week long intensive Master Artist Fish Skin and Artist Business Training Workshop.


Under the enthusiastic tutelage of master artists Marlene Nielsen of Kokhanok and Joel Isaak of Soldotna (Yup'ik and Athabascan respectively), twenty six adult students whose ages spanned more than five decades (19 to 74 years old), and who had no prior training or experience working with fish skin as a creative material, learned how to process, tan and sew Alaska salmon skin. An additional ten artists participated in the business training workshop presented by First Peoples Fund and Kawerak, Inc. instructors.

A student makes her first careful cuts


The program was the first of its kind and a product of a statewide group of university, non-profit, state agency, private business, Alaska Native tribal non-profit, and Alaska Native foundation partners who joined forces to design and deliver the rurally based traditional arts programming. UAF Native Arts Program, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, The CIRI Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska State Council on the Arts, UAF/KuC Campus, Bethel Partners in Growth/USDA, YupiitPiciryarait Cultural Center, and the Association of Village Council Presidents Yupiit Piciryarait Museum contributed to the success of the workshop.


The partners' collective goal was two-fold. The first goal was to provide ongoing, intensive training that supports the intergenerational exchange and transfer of traditional and culturally based art skills and knowledge. The second goal was to further enhance artists' business acumen and economic self-sufficiency through their creative work. We all look forward to continuing this type of collaborative traditional art programming in other rural regions of the state.


Finally and most especially, the instructors, art students, and partners extend our uniquely Alaskan gratitude to Bethel dogmusher, Bill Eisenbart and his dog team who generously lent us their frozen chum salmon to harvest the raw material! Include "How-to" articles or hints and tips on related subjects. Try a reader's poll. People love to give their opinion, and you can publish the results in your next newsletter. Drive traffic to your website by entering teaser text for the article with a link to your website for readers to view the full text.




Instructor Joel Isaak braces for student Nikki Nick as instructor Marlene Nielsen cheers them on

Photo credits: Saunders McNeill 


ASCA Notices

Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants are available for arts education projects in the 2013-14 school year, on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes 

for more information or  Click Here for applications and guidelines.  

Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are available on a rolling deadline. Contact Laura Forbes for more information or click here for applications and guidelines.  


Poetry Out Loud Statewide Competition--Tuesday, March 11th at 5 p.m., 360 North Studios in Juneau--Click here to reserve your seats. Click here to go to the livestream webcast.  


Arts Educator Fellowships--Deadline March 15--Contact  Laura Forbes for more information or click here for applications and guidelines.   


4th Quarter ASCA Teleconference - March 25, 2014 12:00 - 1:00 pm 


FY15 Annual Grant Panel for Annual and Biennial Operating Support - April 9-10, Anchorage


Artist in Schools Grants for FY15 open--Deadline April 15--Contact Laura Forbes for more information or click here for applications and guidelines. 


Art Bank Call for Art - Deadline April 30,2014 Apply through CaFE


ASCA Statewide Arts and Culture Conference

LATITUDE: 2014 Arts Convergence - May 1-3, 2014, Captain Cook Hotel and Downtown Anchorage

Register here: 


Creative Capital professional training for individual artists - May 2-4, 2014, Anchorage, AK

Deadline to apply: March 24, 2014 


Storm Sessions professional development seminar for musicians, May 2-3, Anchorage AK  

Deadline to apply: March 24, 2014 

FY15 1st Quarter Grant Deadlines - Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Master Artist and Apprentice, Workshop and Walker Arts Grants - Deadline June 1, 2014

ASCA Annual Council Meeting
, June 9-10, 2014, Anchorage AK

Go to to find out about ASCA opportunities, events and intriguing arts-related articles from across the web.



Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


Polar Lab

Anchorage Museum and around Anchorage, 2014, 2015 and 2016


Artists from Alaska and around the world utilize Anchorage Museum's public spaces, indoors and out, virtual and real, to engage the public and explore ideas related to the North. Their research will culminate in performance, print and new media and a major exhibition.


Polar Lab will include a variety of events, such as pop-up museums, temporary installations, live performances, community-action projects, lectures, events and presentations.


In 2015, Polar Lab focuses on the Anchorage Centennial, in collaboration with the Municipality of Anchorage and the Alaska Humanities Forum . The Alaska Design Forum and the  

University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Community Engagement & Learning will re-imagine Anchorage's buildings and structures through workshops, programs and an exhibition.

Alaska Public Media will document the projects and stimulate discussion through video and other presentations. Polar Lab and pop-up events will also enliven the museum's annual gala.  




Chugach Arts Council Call for Art

Deadline: March 15, 2014


Conservation and Environmental Awareness

Everyone is invited to submit artwork reflecting

            Pollinators, birds, bees, butterflies

            Endangered species


            Wildlife Refuges

Any age, any ability, any medium - send images for a chance to be included in these beautiful books to be released in connection with National Pollinator Week June 16-23, 2014, Endangered Species Day, May 16, 2014, World Oceans Day, June 8, 2014 and National Public Lands Day, September 27, 2014.


For more information, go to our website and look under the Creative Opportunities tab.

Request for Artist Qualifications

Deadline for Entries: Received by Thursday April 17, 2014 before 9:59 pm AKDST  

The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is requesting qualifications from artists for exterior and interior public artwork to be commissioned for the new Alaska Airlines Center, a multi-purpose sports arena located in Anchorage, Alaska.


Total Art Budget $600,000 USD

Applications will be accepted online only through CaF… at: This RFQ is open to all professional visual artists residing in the United States


Whitefish Review Call For Submissions in Art, Literature & Photography

Deadline: March 15


The editorial team at Whitefish Review recently selected "fire" as the theme for issue #15. Submissions for the summer 2014 issue are now being reviewed in art, photography, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. For writers and artists high school level and below, there is a special category.


Whitefish Review is a nationally-acclaimed, non-profit journal publishing the distinctive literature, art, and photography of mountain culture. In addition to a diverse mix of stories, interviews and conversations, a 16-page color art and photography section is featured with commentary from the artists and photographers.


In addition to publishing work from writers and artists at the height of their careers, the journal specifically seeks new, previously unpublished talent. Submissions are accepted through March 15 via Full guidelines are explained on the web site.  


IN THE SPIRIT Festival Exhibit

Application deadline: March 14, 2014


Held each year in August, IN THE SPIRIT: Northwest Native Arts Market and Festival encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. If you are a Native artist interested in submitting your artwork for display in the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts juried exhibition beginning June 19, 2014, download this application. 


Interested in being a vendor or performer for the IN THE SPIRIT Festival on August 9, 2014?  Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or  


Poems in Place is seeking poems for two Alaska State Parks   

Deadline March 15, 2014


Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers, and residents of Alaska, will place a poem written by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park's system in the coming years.  


Poems in Place will be accepting poems, both original work and nominated poems written by Alaskan writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Independence Mine State Historical Park, near Palmer, and Lake Aleknagik State Recreation Site/ Wood Tikchik State Park, near Dillingham.  No submission fees. An honorarium will be paid to the winning poets.  


For  more information, contest rules and entry form please visit Poems in Place at To see examples of current Poems in Place signs, visit the Alaska State Parks website.


8X10 Festival

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014


Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 13th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays.


Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 25 & 26, 2014, at FDA's Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks.


Guidelines for entering scripts:

Alaskan residents only.

One entry per playwright. One author per play. No musicals or children's plays.

For complete guidelines and submission requirements, click here.


Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2014 and sent or hand-delivered to:

8X10 Festival
Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre
1852 Second Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701


For more information, contact:

Peggy MacDonald Ferguson, Executive Director, Fairbanks Drama Association, 907-456-PLAY  


8th Annual F3 Fairbanks Film Festival

Postmark Deadline: Saturday, March 15, 2014 6 PM


F3 Fairbanks Film Festival is a juried survey of moving image arts by independent film and video makers, including both amateurs and students.Categories: Feature (Over 40 min.), Documentary (Nonfiction, any length), Short (Under 40 minutes), Music Video (any length), Animation (any length) Screenplays (any length), & Under 18 (Any length.) Official selections screened and winners announced at the F3 Fairbanks Film Festival April 18, 2014 at 7pm, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts Theater, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.


Entries must be hand delivered to Fairbanks Arts Association, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, or mailed to P.O. Box 72786, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Please include the F3 Prospectus/ Registration Form with your DVD and entry fee: $5.00 K-12, $10.00 Adult. Pay by money order or check, made payable to Fairbanks Arts Association.


Contact Jill Shipman at 907.456-6485 ext. 222 or visit for more information.


Watercolor U.S.A at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield MO

Deadline: March 18, 2014


Watercolor U.S.A. is a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. Featuring some of the country's best known artists and jurors, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. Approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $40.00 for up to two entries. For more information, including prospectus and application requirements, click here


ArtsNW Juried Showcase for 34th Annual Northwest Booking Conference Now Open

Deadline: April 4, 2014


The online Juried Showcase application is now open at . Apply today for consideration as a showcase artist or ensemble for the 34th Annual Northwest Booking Conference in Eugene, Oregon, October 13-18, 2014.

  • You or your agent must be a current member of Arts NW
  • Application fee: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Confirmation fee: $85 (if selected)
For more information or to apply, please visit our website: Click on the Conference 2014 tab.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center


June 7 - July 13, 2014
Artwork Entries Due: April 20 or Postmarked by April 19 


Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery & online, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 13, 2014. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 4. Artists may enter up to 6 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). No entry fee.

Mail your 6x6 artworks directly to:6x6x2014, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604


Northwoods Book Arts Guild Exhibition BOOKS AS ART: Structure, Image, Text

June 2014 - Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery.

Submission deadline: May 23, 2014


This show is open to all Alaskans who are members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. Wewelcome new members at any time.Annual membership fee is $25. New members may join during exhibit intake.

Go to the Northwoods Book Arts Guild website  to learn more about: 

-how to enter the show (download the prospectus)

-workshops and lectures offered throughout the month of June

-the DVD catalogue planned to document the exhibition


Deliver entries to the Blue Room, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts,Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Road, Fairbanks, 12:00-5:00pm, May 23-24, 2014. Mailed entries must be received by Friday,May 23. All shipping and insurance costsare the responsibility of the artist. Send entries to Margo Klass, PO Box 83657,Fairbanks, AK 99708. Mailed entries will be returned packed in the same or similar materials as received. Mailed entries must include a check for return postage.


Grants and Funding


Imagination Library Grants available

Best Beginnings is accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries and expand existing ones. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. Imagination Library mails a new, age appropriate book each month to enrolled children, birth to age 5, regardless of family income. Additional information at Contact Barbara Brown, (907) 297-3309 Click here for more information. 


WESTAF's TourWest Grants open for 2014

Deadline: April 1, 2014


The TourWest application cycle is now open. The TourWest 2014-2015 grant program application period begins on January 22, 2014. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at midnight MST. We are sending you the attached announcement to share with your constituents who may be interested in applying.


Please note: The TourWest 2014 site has moved! TourWest is now using GrantsOnline™ (GO™) as its new grant application management system. Visit to access the TW2014 grant application and updated guidelines. Please note that beginning this year (TW2014) and for all subsequent years, we will only accept applications and final reports on the GO™ system.


To complete final reports from previous years, including TourWest cycles 2011, 2012, and 2013 (application ID prefixes TW2011, TW2012, and TW2013), presenters will need to visit


New sign-up is required for TW2014. Presenters must sign up new starting this cycle, TW2014. You will need to complete the registration and organization profile before you can can apply to the grant. In subsequent years, you will NOT need to sign up again. You can use this newly created login in the future.  

Professional Development


Registration for the 2014 AAEC Administrators Retreat is now open.  

We are very pleased to offer an in-depth retreat  Integrating 21st Century Skills through the Arts  

for principals and school leaders.  

April 30-May 1, 2014 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.


Registration Cost: $150

An optional Administrators credit is available (additional cost)


Administrators attending this retreat will have a special advance notice and registration for teachers in their districts interested in attending a Special Topics Arts Institute that AAEC will be hosting in Kenai, Alaska in the summer of 2014 dedicated to working with students who experience physical and cognitive disabilities: "All Abilities: How the arts can help all students succeed in school."


This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Register at  


Alaska Arts Education Consortium Basic Arts Institutes Open for Registration


The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is pleased to announce four professional development opportunities for teachers is 2014:


Athabascan Cultural Arts Institute Twin Bears Camp, Fairbanks, June 1-6, 2014 (3 ED593 credits)


Celebrating all Abilities through the Arts Kenai, June 2-6, 2014 (3 ED593 credits)


Mat-Su Basic Arts Institute Burchell High School, Wasilla, July 28-August 7, 2014 (4 ED593 credits)


Ketchikan Basic Arts Institute Ketchikan, August 4-15, 2014


For more information, or to register, visit 


OWL (Online With Libraries) Videoconferences | Alaska State Library

Protecting Cultural Collections - March 20th from 5-6 p.m. The general public is most welcome, but this is geared towards Libraries and Museums


Creative Commons and Copyright - March 26th from 5-6 p.m.

What's best for you and your readers?


To participate in either of these videoconferences, contact Video Conferencing Services at 1-800-910-9601 or by e-mail at


OWL Webinars

Alaska History - March 13th from 12:15-1:00 p.m.

A how-to on exploring free online resources for broadening knowledge about Alaska. To register, click here  


Novelist - March 27th from 12:15-1:00 p.m.

A how-to on using this powerful database of fiction titles, authors, series, & reader-focused content. To register, click here.


For questions/more information, contact Jason Russell, Library Assistant at the Alaska State Library, 907-465-2940, 


Healing Children through Creativity: Art Therapy Training Workshop

The Holy Spirit Center - Loyola Conference Room, Anchorage AK 

Saturday April 26 & Sunday April 27, 2014


The Healing through Creativity: Art Therapy Training Workshop introduces the basic principles and practice of art therapy with emotionally, behaviorally, developmentally and medically challenged children and adolescents. This two-day workshop blends theories and experiential exercises offering a thorough introduction in the therapeutic use of visual art as a powerful treatment modality.


CEUs and Graduate Academic Credit are available through Portland State University. Portland State University is an approved provider of CEUs and graduate credit by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).


Presenter Catherine Rogers Jonsson is a registered/board certified art therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board and a credentialed professional member of the American Art Therapy Association. She is a graduate of Columbia University in NYC (School of the Arts, MFA: Visual Art) and the University of Wisconsin-Superior (MA: Art Therapy). Catherine has 24 years of art therapy experience and offers a mixture of creativity, humor, dynamic teaching and compassionate insights to her workshops.



Early-bird discounted tuition until April 4, 2014 - $300.00 (10% off early tuition for groups of 3 or more)

Standard Tuition - begins April 5, 2014 - $350.00 (10% off tuition for groups of 3 or more)


For more information and online registration, click here or visit our website: 


2014 STEAM Institute Registration Open:

Boreal House Art and Science Center Fairbanks STEAM Institute


A Botanical Immersion Through Multiple Lenses

Join this two-week immersion for teachers, artists, scientists, University students, and community members!


July 6th Orientation 6-8pm

July 7-11 and 14-18, 8:30am to 4:15pm



Outdoors:University of Alaska Fairbanks North Campus trails

Indoors: West Valley High School Fine Arts classrooms


Tuition: $500 all inclusive (tuition, special events, materials, fabulous lunches!) $50 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. $450 balance due on June 1, 2014

Optional: $100 extra for 4 UA credits (595 level) (payment for credit at first day of institute)


For Information please contact: Karen Stomberg (907) 590-2605

Find us on the web:


Transnational Cultural Remittances

Deadline- March 27, 2014



Open to individuals, collectives and community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America. Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between linked communities in two or more countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the U.S.



The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 24 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities and professional development training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field.


Native Arts Studies Program at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan

Spring 2014


Course offerings include Introduction to Power Tools, Beginning and Intermediate Northwest Coast Design, Tool Making for Carvers, Cedar Bark Weaving, Spruce Root Weaving, Bentwood Box Construction, Mixed-Level Ravenstail Weaving, and the History of Northwest Coast Art. The class schedule, with course descriptions, registration fees and more can be found here.


The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus provides university credit for many Totem Heritage Center classes. Call 907-225-5900 for more information.


2014 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The seven-month program includes a five-day seminar (July 22 - 26, 2014) at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA; advanced assignments; a 360-degree feedback process; and follow-up coaching.


The skills and knowledge gained through CAELI will prepare participants to manage competing priorities within their organizations, build effective, collaborative organizational cultures amongst their board, staff, faculty/teaching artists, and other stakeholders, articulate organizational vision and implement effective strategies in pursuit of institutional goals, and lead successfully. 


Click here for program details, application guidelines, and financial aid information.

For more information, contact James Horton, National Guild program director, at (212) 268-3337 ext. 12 or  


The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances lifelong learning opportunities in the arts.


NYTI/Summer Conservatory 

June 22 - August 1, 2014  


Summer Conservatory is a 6 week, 5 day a week intensive that focuses on the development of new plays and the collaborative process. Theatre artists, college age and older, come to NYC to work cross-genre as actors, writers and directors. Instructors and guest artists come from the ranks of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the oldest new play development organization in NYC. Students offer three public presentations at EST and see their work published in the NYTI Collective series available on as well as attend numerous readings of works in progress across the city. We welcome mid-career educators and artists who want to focus more deeply on their work and international artists eager to come to the US and connect with the NY new play development theatre scene.


More information is available on the website or by emailing us at An early registration discount is available until April 1, 2014. Professional development college credit and some scholarship assistance available for the summer program.


Poles, Posts and Canoes: the Preservation, Conservation and Continuation of Native American Monumental Wood Carving.--Symposium and Call for Papers 


July 21st - 22nd, 2014, Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Tulalip, Washington Opening Ceremony and Dinner, July 20th, 2014


This two day symposium (preceded by an opening ceremony and meal on the evening of July 20th) will gather Native and non-Native museum professionals, tribal members, and contemporary Native carvers to discuss the challenges of preserving and exhibiting historic monumental wood carvings from both a Native and Non-Native view point.  It will also serve to connect Native carvers and the museum community in the hope that the resulting dialogue will help support the continued development of this traditional art form.  The format of this gathering is aimed at encouraging discussion, so presentations will be relaxed and brief, and an equal amount of time will be scheduled for general discussion of the topics addressed.


Further information and details about the conference will be posted at


Education and Youth

College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Deadline: April 4, 2014  


The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6-12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. 


Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:  

  • Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects.   
  • Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
  • Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.  


The application deadline is April 4, 2014. Further details on award categories, full application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at     


2014 Administrators Retreat on the Arts in Education: Integrating 21st Century Skills  

Through the Arts

April 30 - May 1, 2014, Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage


Keynote speaker Mary Liniger, Executive Director of Art Enables, has designed and implemented professional development workshops for inclusive arts programs and worked extensively within the D.C. arts community as both the Arts Education and ADA/504 Accessibility Coordinator for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


         Learn why the arts are important for ALL students

         Focus on working with students with disabilities

         Learn how to integrate the arts with the Common Core and Alaska Standards

         Gain statewide and national arts and special education perspectives

         Assess your school's arts health

         Hear about state programs, resources and training opportunities

         Experience live student arts performances

         Collaborate with art leaders across the state

         Leave the retreat ready to increase the arts in your district!


1 Administrative Credit available


Register online now at  Questions? Contact MK MacNaughton, Executive Director, Alaska Arts Education Consortium at 907-957-2061

Summer Intensive Auditions

This summer, Alaska Dance Theatre is pleased to announce that we will be holding a two-week summer intensive with several guest instructors from the lower 48. This two-week intensive geared towards our dancers in Ballet 4 and higher, or equivalent, will feature classes in Ballet, Classical Repertoire, Flamenco, Modern and Conditioning with such renowned instructors as Jimmy Hao, Jeffrey Polston and Bryan Ketron, to name only a few. Summer Intensive will run from May 27th - June 6th offering both a wonderful training opportunity to local dancers as well as those intending to venture out of state for summer programs and be in the best shape possible to meet the demands of alternate programs. Auditions will be held in Wasilla March 8th and Anchorage March 23rd. For additional information please visit  or email

HomerARTS Camp: Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art 

West Homer Elementary School

June 16-20, 2014


HomerARTS Camp is offered by Homer Council on the Arts in partnership with Bluegrass Camp for Kids and Andrew Vait. This summer's camp offers young people, ages 6-18, an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional and contemporary music styles, instruments, and fine arts in a supportive and encouraging environment. 


Classes include bluegrass, folk, old-time, rock, pop, jazz and blues as well as improvisational theatre, ceramics, visual art, and dance. This is a great opportunity for your child to foster new friendships and old, and experience the joy of music and other arts!


Early registration: $250 before May 30, then after, $275.

For information and registration, click here.


Fairbanks STEAM Institute 2014

Boreal House Art & Science Center

July 6-18, 2014 (May 15 required audio conference for UAS credit participants)


Participants will select and define a plot on the University trail system for scientific inquiry and aesthetic inspiration. They will identify and work with its plants, insects, and interrelationships through multiple lenses for the two-week Institute. They will learn, observe, and record with drawing, data collection, words, poetry, technology and design. Each will contribute a botanical illustration with writing to an encased portfolio, which will be printed and presented to everyone in the Institute.


Educators can earn four 500 level credits from UAS while participating 

in ongoing teacher connections throughout the two weeks to discuss classroom practice and implementation. A well-developed curriculum piece is required for credit.


Jan Dawe - UAF Research Assistant Professor, botany, forestry, and ecology

Margo Klass - UAF Lecturer in Art, mixed media and book artist

Karen Stomberg - FNSBSD Art Coordinator, artist, curriculum integration 

Chris Pastro - FNSBSD Teacher, Extended Learning Program, curriculum integration

Zac Meyers - Instructional Designer, technologist

Frank Soos - UAF Professor Emeritus, poet and writer


Visit the Boreal House website for registration and information. Or contact Karen Stomberg at (907) 590-2605.   


Call for Artwork: Yo Soy...Je Suis...I Am...My Neighborhood

Submission deadline: July 1, 2014  


The 2014 International Art Program for Children with Disabilities is now open for entries!

Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a portrait that illustrates themselves in their neighborhood. What makes their neighborhood awesome? Cool houses? Fun neighbors? A great park or playground? Student-artists are encouraged to illustrate all the important people, places, and landscapes of their local space that shape who they are and who they will be in the future. Parents or educators of children with a disability, ages 5 to 18, are eligible to submit. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.!

Click here for more information and to submit an entry.

Teachers:  Download our free Teacher Resource Guide here.

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2013 11:59 pm Pacific time


The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script.  


Entries may be the work of students in 6th through 12th grade. For more information, visit 


VSA also has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and

students through the playwriting process.
Employment and Internships

Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Human Resources Director
The Human Resources Director has responsibility for oversight of all human resource services and will be responsible for organizational development, policies/programs pertaining to employment, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, recruiting/retention, and employment related compliance with all federal, state and local laws. As a member of the Leadership Team, this position acts as a strategic business partner, to influence leadership and drive results for all human resources efforts. This position reports directly to the Museum Director.   


Audio/Visual/Interactive Technician (AVIT)
The Audio/Visual/Interactive Technician (AVIT) is responsible for designing, constructing, installing, maintaining and repairing a broad variety of museum exhibits that feature interactive or audio/visual components. This position provides daily operational support for the Imaginarium Discovery Center, living collection, and Thomas Planetarium while working under the general direction of the Curator of Science & Interactivity.   

Audio Visual Technician (part-time)
The Audio Visual Technician is responsible for setting up, operating, scheduling and maintaining audiovisual services for events and meetings within the facility in a timely and efficient manner. This position provides technical assistance in using the audio/visual equipment for events, meetings and trainings. This is a part-time position that requires work schedule flexibility, as many events will be scheduled after normal business hours and on weekends.


Click here for more information.  




Residencies at Ragdale   

May 15, 2014 - Application deadline for all 2015 residencies.


Ragdale is seeking individuals who not only need the time and space to pursue a creative endeavor, but a community of like-minded artists who are consistently exploring, making relevant discoveries, and finding new directions in their work. From the written word to the hand-built object, Ragdale artists take their work to new levels in this supportive environment.  We encourage you and your colleagues to become a part of this exceptional community of artists.

For more information and to apply for a residency this summer, fall, or in 2015, click here
  and visit our


Wrangell Mountain Center ArtSpace Bungalow Residency

Artists and inquiring minds of all genres and skill levels are welcome to reserve this small cabin for a stay of 5-14 days.

Available by reservation

Resident pays $65/ day for room and board

Preference given to Alaskans

Public outreach is not required, but is encouraged 

For more information, visit the Wrangell Mountains Center Residency webpage here


Select Fair

Deadline: March 20, 2014


Select Fair is proud to announce our spring residency program & exhibition opportunity! Artists, collectives, and artist teams from all backgrounds and mediums are encouraged to apply to the program.


The Winning Artist / Collective / Group receives:   

One-month studio residency in Industry City Brooklyn for Free (Month of April)  
Video documentation of work in progress for promotion  
Complimentary exhibition space at Select Art Fair / Frieze Week (May 8 - 11, 2014)


Artists from the United States and abroad, 18 years or older

Application Requirements:   

5 images of work and/or links to video, project proposal (250 words min), CV, resume
$50 Application Fee

To apply, go to 


Announcements and Articles of Interest

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Each year, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation awards NACF Artist Fellowships to honor American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists making a significant impact in their discipline and who have the potential to be or already are powerful voices in the arts. Peer panels select the year's top national entries in the disciplines of Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Traditional and Visual Arts. Fellowships provide Native artists the opportunity for study, reflection, experimentation and discovery, with awards of up to $20,000 per artist. Since 2011, a number of talented Alaska Native artists have been awarded NACF Artist fellowships including Sonya Kelliher - Combs, Lisa Telford, Emily Johnson, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, Teri Rofkar, Joan Kane, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Israel Shotridge. Learn more about how the NACF through its NACF Artist Fellowship programand many other national organizations like First Peoples Fund, The Longhouse, Sundance Institute Native Program, the PA'I Foundation and the Potlatch Fundare providing critical support to Alaska Native artists in their pursuit of their creative professions.  


Alaska Positive Juried Photographic Exhibit Postponed Until 2016

Juneau - As the construction of the new State Library, Archives, and Museum building progresses, Alaska Positive - the museum's statewide juried photographic exhibition - will be postponed until 2016 when the museum reopens in the new State Library, Archives and Museum building.  The call for entries will be in the spring of 2016 and the Alaska Positive exhibition will open in the fall of 2016. 


Please note that Rarefied Light, the photography exhibit put on by the Alaska Photographic Center, will have their next call for entry in April of 2014. The juror will be renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson. The Anchorage Museum will host Tenneson for the Rarefied Light lecture and workshop July 24th-27th and the exhibit will open at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center in October. The prospectus coming out in April will have detailed information about entries and workshop registration.


The Alaska State Museum will reopen in the new State Library, Archives, and Museum building at 395 Whittier St. in April, 2016.



2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

International Sculpture Center


Each year the International Sculpture Center presents an award competition to its member colleges and universities as a means of supporting, encouraging, and recognizing the work of young sculptors and their supporting schools' faculty and art program. The Student Award winners participate in an exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture, as well as a traveling exhibition hosted by arts organizations across the country. Winners' work is also featured in Sculpture magazine. Each winner receives a one-year membership at the ISC and all winners are eligible to apply for a full sponsored residency to study in Switzerland.   


To nominate students for this competition, the nominees' university must first be an ISC University level member. University Membership costs $200 for universities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, or $220 for international universities, and includes a number of benefits. Students who are interested should talk to their professors about getting involved. To find out more about the program please visit the website or email



Nominations Open: January 1, 2014

University Membership Registration: March 17, 2014

Online Student Nomination Form: March 24, 2014

Online Student Submission Form: April 14, 2014


Mayors' Awards for the Arts 

Nomination Deadline: March 31, 2014 6:00 pm 


Awards are open to all individuals or groups, residing in the interior of Alaska who have made significant contributions to contemporary and/or traditional arts within Alaska's Interior. 


Award Categories: Arts and Leadership, Volunteer, Arts Advocacy, Youth Arts and Lifetime Achievement.


Fill out the nomination form and submit up to a 300 word essay. Essays should specifically and concisely address how the individual or organization has helped the Arts in the Interior of Alaska in one of the five categories of awards.


All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Fairbanks Arts Association. Award recipients will be notified by May 7, 2014. Nominations must be postmarked, hand-delivered to the FAA office, or emailed to the address below no later than March 31, 2014 by 6pm.


Fairbanks Arts Association, PO Box 72786, Fairbanks, AK 99707 

For questions, call (907) 456-6485 ext.222. 


Openings and Closings


International Gallery of Contemporary Art

427 D Street | Anchorage, AK 99501 | 


March 7-30, 2014

North Gallery | Angularity | Bailey Arend

Center Gallery | In the Valley of Shin'ar | Kendall Nordin

South Gallery | Mandorla | Denise Gallup

Guest Room | Afghan American Diptychs | Alaska Quarterly Review

Opening Reception | First Friday, March 7, 2014 5:30-7:30 pm


Alaska Native Arts Foundation

500 West 6th Avenue | Anchorage, AK 99501 | 907-258-2623 |    


March 2014

Paths of the Past | Alaska Native Masks   

Opening Reception | First Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street | Anchorage, Alaska 99501 | 907-929-9200    


Gyre: The Plastic Ocean

through September 6, 2014


Proximity | Margo Klass

through April 20, 2014


Alaska Pacific University

4101 University Drive | Anchorage, AK 99508   


March 7-30, 2014

The Beauty and Mystery of Age | Ward Hulbert

Leah J. Peterson Gallery - APU Carr Gottstein Building

First Friday opening reception March 7, 5:30 - 7 pm


March 2014

Signs | Annie Duffy

First Friday opening reception March 7, 2014, 5 - 7 pm


Anchorage Community Works

349 Ship Creek Avenue | Anchorage AK 99501 | 


March 2014

First Friday Salon | Anchorage Press Black and White Photo Contest

First Friday reception and Late Night Salon 8:00 pm - midnight


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 West Bunnell, Suite A |  Homer, AK 99603 |  907-235-2662 | 


March 2014

Signs | Annie Duffy

First Friday opening reception March 7, 2014, 5 - 7 pm

Alaska Humanities Forum
161 First Street Door 15 | Anchorage, AK | 907-272-5341 |

March 2014
17 still | new works by Cecelia Karoly-Lister
First Friday Opening Reception March 7, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery

350 Whittier Street, Suite 101 | Juneau, AK 99801 | 907-86-2728 | 


March 7 - 28, 2014

Favorite Things | Rachael Juzeler
First Friday Opening Reception March 7, 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Cyrano's Theatre Company

413 D Street | Anchorage AK 99501 | 907-274-2599 | 


All the Great Books

March 20 - April 13th, 2014 


Perserveance Theatre

914 Third Street | Douglas AK 99824 | 1.855.462.TIXS |   


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

March 5 - 30, 2014


Homer Council on the Arts

Friday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at 355 W. Pioneer Ave.

Tickets at the door: $5 youth / $10 HCOA members / $15 general   

Homer Playwrights Present New Works 
Transcription | Nancy Chastain

Iver Quick and His Single-Handed Variety Show | Mary Langham

Bertie and the Maelstrom | Kate Rich


Contact Us

Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605  

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604


Roy Agloinga (Anchorage)
Adelheid "Micky" Becker (Anchorage)
Benjamin Brown CHAIR (Juneau)
Diane Borgman (Homer)  
Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)
Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
Robyn Holloway (Juneau)
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
Josie Stiles (Nome)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

For additional information, please visit our web site:  


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