ACAB 2014-Wade Carroll
Image by Wayde Carroll of Anchorage; Boy at Play, Quinhagak, AK; Archival Photographic Print; 24" x 36."
This piece was recently acquired for the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. We'll be sharing all the new pieces on our Facebook Page throughout July.

July 2014 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
New Literary Fellowships
Rasmuson Artist Residencies
Foraker Group on the Non-profit Sector
ASCA FY15 Grant Announcement
ASCA Notices
Alaska Summer Festivals
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Education and Youth
Employment and Internships
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A Note from Shannon


We are pleased to announce a new program that ASCA is administering in partnership with the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation (AACF), the Alaska Literary Awards. This program, generously sponsored by former Alaska State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, will award $5,000 fellowships to a select number of Alaska writers. The awards will be given annually and writers can apply now at: Read more information about the program, below. And thank you Peggy and Joe for all that you do to support and strengthen Alaska's literary community!


In early August, ASCA will be seeking nominations for the 2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts, as well as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate. Start thinking now about who you want to nominate for these important honors. The deadline for nominations will be October 1, 2014. This year, the categories for the Governor's Awards for the Arts are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 29, 2015.


The ASCA team wishes you a joyous and safe Fourth of July weekend!



Alaska Literary Awards Open

Applications are now open for the Alaska Literary Awards!


The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), is pleased to announce the Alaska Literary Awards, a new program to support Alaska writers.


The Alaska Literary Awards will recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. There are no restrictions on the writer's use of the award and no formal report is required.


A select number of $5,000 fellowships for Alaska literary artists will be awarded each fall, beginning this year.  The application is now open, and the deadline is Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm AKDT.


To apply, go to:


The Alaska Literary Awards are sponsored by Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli.


Congratulations to the first cohort of Alaska arts organizations selected to participate in the New Pathways program. New Pathways is a joint project of Rasmuson Foundation, EmcArts,
(a New York based nonprofit), The Foraker Group and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. New Pathways l Alaska provides, at no cost to organizations, workshops, consultation and coaching, which will lead to the development of a major innovation project. Read more about the project on the Foraker Group website.

Congratulations to:
  • Alaska Humanities Forum (Anchorage)
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage)
  • Alutiiq Museum (Kodiak)
  • Anchorage Concert Association (Anchorage
  • Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (Anchorage)
  • Island Institute (Sitka)
  • Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council (Ketchikan)
  • Kodiak Arts Council (Kodiak)
  • Perseverance Theatre (Juneau/Anchorage)
  • Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center (Haines) 

Also, congratulations to the 2014 ArtPlace America Grantees for 2014! The Alaska Arts Confluence in Haines ($217,456) and the Willoughby Arts Complex partnership including Perseverance Theatre and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council ($250,000) will each receive funds for creative placemaking projects.  


To see the full press release from ArtPlace America and learn about the latest funded projects, click here.  

Calling all Rasmuson Individual Artist Award Recipients!

Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting its next round of applications from all previous Rasmuson Individual Artist Award Recipients for its Artist Residency Program. The deadline is August 15, 2014.


Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes that an artist's energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection. The Foundation also acknowledges that artists need opportunities to explore their work at various stages of their careers.


With these guiding principles in mind, Rasmuson Foundation last year launched the Artist Residency Program, which brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska and sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 for 60-day residencies.

The nationally renowned Lower 48 participating organizations that will host Alaska artists in residence in 2015 are:

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Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Woodside, CA


McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Charlotte, NC


Santa Fe Art Institute in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts

Santa Fe, NM


Zygote Press

Cleveland, OH


Grants to the host organizations cover all aspects of the residency, including artist travel and stipend, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials and local transportation. For a more detailed description of each organization and their specific program and disciplines they support, please see the How to Apply page on the Rasmuson Foundation website.


Lower 48 host organizations make final selections from applicants who complete an online application through Rasmuson Foundation. At this time, only artists who have previously received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are eligible to apply.


The goals of the Artist Residency Program include: supporting the creative growth of Alaska's artists and arts organizations, exposing Alaskans to new work and creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introducing Lower 48 communities to unique Alaska perspectives through extended engagements with artists.


Online applications for 2015 residencies will be accepted July 1st through August 15th 2014. Questions about the program can be directed to Program Coordinator Jeremy Pataky. Jeremy can be reached by email at: or by phone at 907-244-7717.   


Foraker Group Elevates the Conversation on the Non-profit Sector in Alaska

The Foraker Group recently announced the completion of their updated study of the Alaska non-profit sector's impact on the Alaska economy. What did they find out?


Article Excerpted from the Foraker Group Newsletter; June 2014    


In 2007, The Foraker Group and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at The University of Alaska developed the first comprehensive study of the nonprofit sector's impact on the Alaska economy. In 2010, the second study was completed, and a precedent was set. Now we work together every three years to monitor the nonprofit economy, using the data to help sector leaders address current concerns as well as plan for the future.


When we reviewed data from the first study to the second, we saw signs of three trends the sector should monitor, and we reported those in our January 2011 newsletter. We received much comment both in Alaska and around the country and knew we had captured people's attention. As described in that newsletter, the trends are:

  • The "funding crisis." The current funding mix for Alaska nonprofits is not sustainable. We must transform revenue streams - and fast! Alaska nonprofits must grow individual philanthropy and learn how to earn income. We have too little time to do each well, but we must try.
  • The "crash of the herd." We have too many nonprofits for our "eco-system" or population. While the funding crisis could exacerbate this trend, the real culprit is a scarcity of the right people to serve on the boards and staffs of all these organizations. Even if we can adjust to the funding crisis, we can do little to avert the scarcity of people.
  • The need to "restructure" how we do business. As a result of the first two trends, as well as other societal and technological changes, nonprofit organizations will need to find more adaptable business models. Merger, consolidation, integration, and cooperation are no longer nice thoughts. Enlightened leaders will seize this opportunity and begin discussions on what structure could work for them in the 21st Century. Others with a wait-and-see attitude will find they have few choices - they will be like those standing on the beach when the tide goes out. Most will either go out of business or find themselves merged into another nonprofit, not of their choosing.

Over the last three years we have spoken to thousands of people around the state and we have provided insight on how to better prepare and respond to the changing environment marked by these trends. Apparently some listened.


We just completed the latest study that validates our predictions from 2010 and suggests that we are not yet out of challenging times. Still, this study is different because it provides some glimmers of hope. While we wanted to get people's attention in 2010, now we want to elevate the conversation. The need for nonprofit leaders to adapt their practices is clear, as is the need to better understand our role in public policy and act when needed.


One objective of our study is to overcome negative perceptions about the nonprofit sector. Some see nonprofits as a drain on the economy - something we know is not true. We've heard this both in Alaska and during discussions with our colleagues outside the state. Others question our management ability. At this spring's gathering of the National Council on Nonprofits, sector leaders from around the country discussed what to maintain as norms for the sector and what to change. Opinions varied on what to keep. However, opinion was almost unanimous on what should change and that's the mistaken perception that our sector's leadership is not competent compared to the for-profit and government sectors.


We want Alaskans and policy makers to understand the positive impact nonprofits have on our quality of life - and on our economy. This impact is accomplished through the outstanding work performed by highly skilled professionals who are addressing a broad range of missions. Effective advocacy based on sound data is the best way to tell the real story and correct misperceptions - and the data in our study is a good place to start.

Click here to continue reading, and find out what The Foraker Group learned.

ASCA Grants
The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded over $540,215 in grants to Alaska arts organizations and artists in its first funding quarter of the year. The grants support arts education activities, strengthening the quality of life in communities, increasing access to cultural resources, programs for underserved communities, and much more.

ASCA awarded $398,405 in Operating Support grants, $92,660 for Artists in Schools Round 1 grants, $37,750 in Community Arts Development grants, $5,900 in Career Opportunity grants and $2,500 in Workshop grants.

One artist was added to the Statewide Teaching Artist Roster: Hanna Craig of Anchorage. The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation also awarded $3,000 for Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund grants.

In addition, ASCA purchased eleven new artworks created by Alaskan artists for acquisition into the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank is a collection of over 700 artworks that are lent out for display in state buildings across Alaska, as well as in the offices of our federal legislators in Washington, DC.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support for arts education grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. All grant funding is contingent on the State of Alaska's appropriation.

For a complete list of the projects, or grants by community, click here.  

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.  


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


ASCA Quarterly Grants for FY15 | 2nd Quarter Deadline - September 1, 2014 | Community Arts Development, Workshop, Career Opportunity, Walker Arts, and Master Artist and Apprentice Grants


Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation and ASCA Alaska Literary Awards | Deadline September 2, 2014 | Visit for information and to apply  


Artist in Schools Grants for FY15 | Round II Deadline - November 1, 2014 | Visit for information or contact Laura Forbes.  


Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations Project Grants for FY15 | Round II Deadline - December 1, 2014 | Visit for information or contact Laura Forbes 


ASCA Quarterly Grants for FY15 | 3rd Quarter Deadline - December 1, 2014 | Community Arts Development, Workshop, Career Opportunity, Walker Arts, and Master Artist and Apprentice Grants  


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


Alaska Summer Festivals in July
Community festivals and fairs are a great way to get out and engage with art, artists and culture in Alaska. Click here to download a list of community festivals for the entire summer. Did we miss a festival in your community? Send us an email and let us know about it.

Perseverance Theatre Summer Fest | June 28-August 6 | Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Girdwood Forest Fair | July 5-7 | Girdwood 


Wild Shore Festival | July 5-9 | Kachemak Bay 


Moose Droppings Festival | July 4-6,& 13 | Talkeetn 


Bear Paw Festival | July 10-14 | Downtown Eagle River  


Funny River Bluegrass Festival | July12-14 | Funny River Road in Soldotna  


Angry, Young & Poor | July 13 | Ester park in Fairbanks  


Kodiak Bear Country Music Festival | July 14-16 | Kodiak


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival | July 14-28 | Various Venues in Fairbanks  


World Eskimo-Indian Olympics | July 17-20 | Fairbanks  


Salmon Daze | July 19 | Anchorage Museum Quad 


Southeast Alaska State Fair| July 25-28 | Haines 


Anchorage Mini-Maker Faire | July 26th | Loussac Library in Anchorage 


Home Skillet Music Festival | July 26 & 27 | Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka  


Copper River Wild! Salmon Festival and Jam | July 26 & 27 | Cordova  


Deltana Fair & Music Festival | July 26-28 | Delta Junction  


Cantwell Bluegrass Festival | July 26-28 | Cantwell Lodge in Cantwell


KBBI Concert on the Lawn | July 27 & 28 | Homer  


Valdez Gold Rush Days | July31-August4 | Valdez 


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Brick by Brick Request for Proposals 

On view Oct. 3 through Jan. 11, 2015 Anchorage Museum

Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until these final deadlines:

  • Community Gallery Proposal Deadline: July 18th, 2014
  • Museum Graffiti Proposal Deadline: September 2nd, 2014
  • Maker Event Proposal Deadline: September 25th, 2014

The Anchorage Museum is looking for community members to share their expertise, talent and designs for the Brick by Brick exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibition emphasizes LEGO bricks as learning tools with artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications.


How to apply:

Email your interest to Be sure to include:

  • First and last name, email and phone number
  • Which program(s) you are interested in: Community Gallery, Museum Graffiti and/or Mini Maker's Event  
  • Proposed dimensions of work built/to be built from LEGO bricks
  • Attach .jpgs of work to email (if available)

Please submit questions to Lacie Stiewing, Brick by Brick Community Gallery, or call 907-750-4011, 


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Seeking Artists for a Bidders Mailing List

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) is required to provide works of art in the schools under the 1% for Art program. The MSB code contains certain requirements for the procurement of services which doesn't allow for the normal use of the CaFE system or other art related sites. The Purchasing Division is attempting to build a database of artists who are interested in notification when the Borough is soliciting for art pieces. In the near future the MSB will be soliciting art pieces for four schools:

  • Joe Redington Sr. Junior/Senior High School
  • Iditarod Elementary School
  • Dena'ina Elementary School
  • Mat-Su Career Technical High School Addition

If you are interested in receiving information on these projects or future art projects, please complete the attached Bidders Mailing List Application and return to  


Chugach Arts Council Call for Art

2nd Annual Art of Conservation Projects: National Pollinator Week, World Oceans Day   

and Public Lands.


Artists of all ages, abilities and mediums are invited to submit art to be included in beautiful books of art to be published this year. There is no fee for members and a small fee for non-members.  

See the Art of Pollination book published last year. Click here for a pdf version of the flyer. For more information, call Marie Wagner, Executive Director, at 623-703-8890.   


Alaska International Piano e-Competition

June 28 - July 12, 2014

Davis Concert Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks


The Alaska International Piano-e-Competition is an opportunity for young pianists worldwide to participate in a competition of the highest artistic quality and integrity.


Through advanced technology, including the use of Yamaha Disklavier pianos that transmit the pianists' performances through the Internet, the Alaska International Piano-e-Competition can be viewed from any location. Up to a half-million viewers may watch these performances, held for the first time on our campus. 


The competition consists of three rounds and a concluding performance where finalists will perform with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. More than $65,000 in prize money, performances and engagements will be awarded to classical musicians from around the globe here in Fairbanks. Join us for this exciting and historic event! For more information, visit   


Northwest Film Center's Fresh Film Northwest 2014

(formerly the Young People's Film Festival)

Submission deadline: August 1, 2014

No entry fee. Open to students from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. 


Submissions are judged by a jury panel of professional filmmakers and educators. Individual and group submissions from youth ages 13 to 19 are accepted. Applications can be submitted by mail or online through Submittable.


The festival is made up of two components: a free public screening presented in November in the Whitsell Auditorium as part of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival and an online version, which makes offerings available year-round. 


More info, including submission forms, can be found here: 

Contact Anna Crandall, Education Programs Manager, Northwest Film Center School of Film, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205,  503.221.1156 x25

Make Film!


Call to Artists for Public Art Commission - Bloomington, IN

Submission deadline: August 1, 2014


The Crescent Bend Neighborhood Association in partnership with the City of Bloomington is issuing a Call to Artists to submit proposals for consideration for a site-specific artwork commission for the Arlington Road and West 17th Street Roundabout in Bloomington, Indiana.


The Crescent Bend Neighborhood Association was granted funds by the City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) to commission artwork for the roundabout which will serve as a welcoming symbol to the neighborhood and to the thousands of citizens and visitors who will pass by it daily. 

A selection panel, comprised of Crescent Bend residents, project partners and public art staff will review proposals. The budget for the artwork commission is $12,000.


A full project description and artist selection criteria is available at For more information, contact Miah Michaelsen, the Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at  or (812) 349-3534


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries

Deadline: August 31, 2014


The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 is now open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience and influential figures from the arts sector. Celebrating and nurturing outstanding contemporary art from across the world, the Art Prize welcomes all forms of art in the following categories: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.


Prizes include a 12 week group show; up to £1000 in cash; publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (readership of 140,000 worldwide); art supplies and art books; and Q&As on the Aesthetica Blog. There are two main categories to enter: Main Prize and Student Prize. There is a winner for each main category. Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category. For more information and to submit, visit


DARK | National Juried Exhibition 2014 at Arc Gallery

Exhibition Dates:  November 8, 2014 - December 6, 2014

Submission deadline:  September 4th, 2014


DARK showcases the artists' creation of new and alternative realities, where the worlds of landscapes, figures, architecture, objects, and natural phenomena are emphasized or subverted, revealed or obscured, and investigates the many layers that surround our traditional sense of the real. 


Categories: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. No jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.


Go here  for submission guidelines and information. Questions? Contact Stephen C.Wagner, Managing Partner, Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Materials: Hard & Soft | Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas  

Submission Deadline: September 5, 2014

February 6 - April 2, 2015

National juried competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts $5000 in prize money. 

For Information and Prospectus, click here


Whitefish Review Announces $1000 Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction

The deadline for submissions for the fiction prize is September 15 and there is a $15 fee to submit. Submissions for the next regular reading period do not carry a fee and are accepted from August 1 - October 1. All submissions are accepted via an online submission manager at For full guidelines, visit the web site.    


Polar Lab Call for Proposals

Anchorage Museum and around Anchorage, 2015 and 2016

Deadline: September 30


The Northern Initiative at the Anchorage Museum is accepting proposals on a competitive basis for an ongoing Northern Initiative exhibition called  Polar Lab which may include "pop-up" events, temporary installations, live performances, community-action projects, non-studio-based residencies, presentations, research-based investigations, internships, forums, and more. These will occur inside and beyond Anchorage Museum walls in the city of Anchorage. Limited funding is available for modest artist or organizer stipends, travel, and materials.


Call for Conference Presentations: Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Carrara - Tuscany, Italy
December 18 - 22, 2014

The conference meeting is recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international networks and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists.

Presentation formats:  

  • practical workshop/master class
  • work in progress/work demonstration
  • performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions
  • interactive talk/lecture/discussion
  • photo/video demonstration
  • exhibition
  • research presentation

For more information and registration details for candidate presenters and speakers, go here:

Grants and Funding 

Alaska Art Acquisition Fund still available for this year

Deadline: August 15, 2014


Museums Alaska is pleased to announce that the Art Acquisition Fund continues in 2014. This year, $265,000 is available for grants to qualified Alaska museums and culture centers for the purchase of contemporary Alaskan works of art.

  • Institutions may apply for up to $35,000 in funds for qualifying purchases. Museums and culture centers are asked to make every effort to ensure that the purchase price of artwork is in line with fair market value.
  • An "Image-Use Authorization" form (for both the artist and the institution to sign) should accompany each purchase.
  • Applicants are required to submit a reasonably high quality digital image of the artwork before an award is given. All works purchased through this program for which permission has been given in writing are posted on the Rasmuson Foundation website, thereby representing the institutions, the artists, and the contemporary artwork of Alaska.
  • Commissioned works and copies or replicas of originals are not eligible.
For the complete guidelines and other forms necessary for the program, go to the links provided on this page or request directly from the Project Administrator, Michael Hawfield: .

Last year, the Art Acquisition Fund distributed $265,000 to twenty-two museums and culture centers which, in turn, purchased more than 60 works of art from 45 Alaska resident artists.


Since the program began in 2003, the Art Acquisition Fund has supported the purchase of 694 works of contemporary Alaska art by 329 resident Alaska artists with distribution to Alaska museums and culture centers totaling $1,896,045. These are funds that not only make possible the enrichment of the state's museum and culture center collections, but the funds also go directly to Alaska artists encouraging them to continue their work in Alaska.


The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects

Deadline:  October 1, 2014 


With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.


Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.


A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2015 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.


The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:

A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award


For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit


2015 Cultural Capital Grant Call for Applications

Deadline: September 1, 2014

Grant amount: $5,000


The 2014 Cultural Capital Program provides tradition bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients allowing them to commit more time in teaching and sharing their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.


The grant program will aid artists in develop local networks for leveraging other resources and will provide technical assistance and capacity building support as needed by the master artist/teacher.

First Peoples Fund is interested in Cultural Capital projects that will Impact the next generation through reciprocity and community spirit. Examples of this are:

  • Passing on knowledge - as mentors and leaders
  • Documentation for the next seven generations to access this knowledge
  • Artists as Cultural Resource 

Click here for the application For more information, call (605)348-0324, email, or please visit our website at    


Professional Development  

Artist Buster Simpson will give a presentation at the Anchorage Museum at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 15thThe event will be free and open to the public.


He'll be in town to install new artwork near Ship Creek adjacent to the Bridge Restaurant for a Municipality of Anchorage Project.


Simpson's ecologically minded design work spans over 40 years in the Seattle area, although the artist's reach is worldwide.  The Frye Museum hosted a retrospective exhibition about Buster Simpson's career last year.  The catalog is available online at  It is with a philosophy of urban consciousness and providing and protecting suitable habitats that brought the artist to Anchorage.  In our case the project started as an artist intervention to properly deal with runoff into Ship Creek and ended with a fish cleaning table and a couple of personnel covers along the trail adjacent to Ship Creek.


The artist will address his own work and share his insights about collaboration between artists and design professionals so art can be fully integrated into a project



The Wrangell Mountains Center provides residential and walk-in experiential education programs that foster discovery through direct contact with diverse environments. Summer courses include:


Songwriting Workshop | July 11-13, with Michell McAffee and Robin Child,

Family Music Camp | July 17-20, with Mary Schallert and Brian DeMarcus 

Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop | July 22-28, with Tom Kizzia, Frank Soos, and Nancy Cook 

The Photographic Landscape of the Wrangells | September 3-8, with David Shaw


Go to for complete course descriptions and contact information.


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  

2015 National Artist Teacher Fellowship

Deadline: November 19, 2014 for letters of intent

(Applications will be available online by September 26, 2014)


The NATF program provides grants of up to $5,500 to enable selected arts teachers from all disciplines to rejuvenate their own art-making. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities in the classroom.


Eligibility for NATF:

  • Schools must:
    • Be a public arts high school, magnet school, or charter school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent; or a Title 1 middle or high school with a sequential arts program.
    • Offer sequential arts courses as a requirement for graduation
    • Employ artists as teachers
  • Arts Teachers must:
    • Be permanently assigned full or part-time faculty (teaching a minimum of 6 hrs/week in an arts discipline)
    • Be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts at the high school or middle school level (middle school educators must be from a Title 1 schools)
  • Previous NATF and Surdna Fellows (Rounds 1-14) are ineligible to apply for 2015 NATF program. 

For complete program information, please visit our website: 


Summer Passage Writing Workshop: Writing for Alaska's Assessments

Are you an Alaskan teacher, local author, or creative writing student?


Join us for one of our upcoming summer passage writing workshops July 14-18, 2014. Learn from experienced writing instructors and gain valuable writing experience, while creating passages with authentic Alaskan voices and topics for the new assessments in grades 3-10, the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP).


Workshops are free but limited to 20 participants each. For more information, click here .


Summer Art in Homer

Piano Clinics with Carol Comfort: July 14-18  All levels, including adults. $250 for a warm-up class, 5 sessions and one free follow-up class. 907.399.7001. 


Pier One Youth Theatre Workshops: Ages 5 and older. 907.235.7333, or


Circus Arts Extravaganza with Roustabout Circus

Ages 8 and older, July 8 - 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Grandest of All Yurts on Bear Creek Court. $200. Register by June 13. 907.399.4305 or .


Wild Shore Festival for New Music: July 5-9

Concerts and workshops in Homer and Seldovia with New York-based trio Concert Black and Los Angeles-based pianist Vicky Ray. More information: . 


Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Art and nature day programs at the Wynn Nature Center, S.P.I.T. kids on the Homer Spit and overnight camps for kids and teens. Information: 907.235.6667 or


Theatre in the Wild | Perseverance Theatre in Juneau

August 3-9

Registration is invited for Theatre in the Wild, an opportunity for high school aged students to spend a week in the woods, receive in-depth theatre training, participate in evening rehearsals on a production to be performed at the campsite and attend wilderness classes including fishing, kayaking and survival. Contact Shona Strauser at (907) 364-2421 ext. 232 for information and registration. Download the poster, here .      


Alaska Society for Technology in Education Call for Proposals

Deadline: September 10th, 2014


The ASTE 2015 Conference (Februrary 21-24, 2015) is going to explore gaming, including from the student perspective. As always, proposals of all kinds are welcome. But we are particularly enthusiastic about receiving proposals that: 

  • feature some aspect of gaming
  • feature students, working with teachers, to present at the conference 

Check out the Presenter Guidelines and the Call for Presenters online at the  ASTE Website. For questions contact:   


Arts Education Partnership National Forum Registration Open 

Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts | Pittsburgh | September 11-12  

The National Forum, AEP's signature event coinciding with National Arts in Education Week, is the one place where the country's top thinkers and change-agents in arts and education come together to explore arts-centered solutions to improve student learning both in school and out of school.

Explore and share how the arts - unlike any time in recent history - can lead the way as states transition to higher learning expectations for all students.

Be empowered to take action around the role of the arts in responding to - and informing - three major issues driving Pre-K - grade 12 education priorities and decision-making:

  • implementation of rigorous standards and assessments,
  • preparation and support of the educator workforce, and
  • innovations in the teaching and learning environment.

Registration Rates:

Now - Early-Bird Registration: $250
June 30 - General Registration: $275
August 25 - Late Registration: $300


Click here for all registration policies.


Alaska Dance Theatre Summer Session Classes

for all ages - Summer 2014   


June 9th - July 17th!    

View Summer Schedule 


Call or stop by the studio to register now!

Alaska Dance Theatre 550 E 33rd Avenue Anchorage AK 99503, 907-277-4591 


Studio Pulse Center for Dance 

Summer class schedule here:!dec-2013-schedule/c1utq

Call 677-8573 for more information, or stop by the studio at 2400 E. Tudor Road, #2422

Anchorage, AK 99503


Employment and Internships 

Alaska State Library is seeking a Program Coordinator II to manage the Alaska OWL (Online With Libraries) program from the Anchorage Library Development office. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the OWL program that brings broadband Internet, training, and video-conferencing programs to Alaska public libraries.

The Alaska OWL Program Manager will work under the Head of Library Development and with consultation of the OWL Advisory Board.  In this capacity, the Manager will work with Alaska State Library staff, the Alaska Library Network, University of Alaska Video Services and program partners, public library staff throughout the state, and internet service providers to maintain and to build the OWL program including broadband support, videoconferencing network, and digital literacy and public computing training for Alaska public libraries. 


Visit Workplace Alaska for a full job description and application information.  


The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is hiring a full-time Event Manager. The position announcement, job description and application can be found here. .  


Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907-263-2900 Email: mailto: Website: ACPA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


The Ahtna Cultural Center in Glenallen is currently advertising for a Director. The job description is attached. For more information, you can contact Liana Charley-John at the Ahtna Heritage Foundation. (907) 822-5778. Click here for a full job description.


The Venice Printmaking Studio is now accepting applications to work in Murano, Italy.

To apply, please submit the following materials to  

  • 10 jpeg images of your art
  • CV or resume  

Upon notification of acceptance, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be due within 30 days. The remaining 50% fee will be due no later than 1 month prior to the start of your residency in Venice. The deadline for the completion of all work for the Venice Art Project is February 1, 2015.


Email application materials to: , Gianfranco Gorini, Director Venice Printmaking Studio, Tel. 041 865 2004 


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.

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


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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