Current State Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Ishmael Hope give a reading at the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities. Photo courtesy Michael Penn.

August 2014 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
New Literary Fellowships
Rasmuson Residency Program
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 have lots of exciting news to share this month!


First, the nominations are now open for the 2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities and the 2014-2016 Alaska State Writer Laureate. The deadline for both is Wednesday, October 1, 2014


The Governor's Awards for the Arts categories for 2015 are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. The nomination guidelines and form can be found at The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Be sure to save the date!


The Alaska State Writer Laureate is a two-year honorary appointment recognizing the selected writer's contribution to the quality of life in Alaska through their written work and other literary endeavors. The role of the Laureate is to promote the literary arts and artists of Alaska. In fulfilling this purpose, each Laureate determines, in consultation with ASCA, a project to complete over the course of their appointment. The nomination form can be downloaded here.


Please consider submitting nominations for worthy Alaskans who have dedicated their lives to improving our great state through the arts and literature!


Alaska Contemporary Art Bank 

If you've been following us on Facebook, you have had the opportunity to "virtually" see our new Contemporary Art Bank acquisitions, and we're pleased to offer you the chance to see them in person--and also meet some of the artists! Please join us on Thursday, August 7th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for a reception at the ASCA offices (161 Klevin Street, Suite 102 in Mountain View). To RSVP, go to: Light refreshments will be served, including hand-painted Aurora chocolates, sponsored by Sweet Chalet


We are also very excited to announce that, through a partnership with the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, some of the new Contemporary Art Bank pieces are going to be displayed at their Made in Alaska Home, which will be featured as part of the Anchorage Parade of Homes. The Made in Alaska Home will be a unique addition to this year's Parade of Homes, as it is made and furnished largely with Alaskan goods and products. We are thrilled to be able to include Alaskan art in this great display of all that Alaska has to offer!


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.


Anchorage Centennial Community Grants Second Round Awardees Announced

The Alaska Humanities Forum and Anchorage Centennial Celebration announced the awarding of $215,815 to 13 humanities projects in the second and final round of the Anchorage Centennial Community Grant program.


The program, created by a $500,000 grant from Rasmuson Foundation, supports community projects commemorating the first 100 years of Anchorage. Interest in the second round was high. The Alaska Humanities Forum received 59 grant applications totaling $1.7 million in requested funding.


Details about the awardees, identified by project title, name of the sponsoring organization or individual, grant amount, and a brief project description can be found 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:


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.  
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   


Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities nominations open | Deadline October 1, 2014

The online nomination form is at


Alaska State Writer Laureate nominations open | Deadline October 1, 2014 

Click here for the nomination form.


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 August/September
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

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer Music Festival - July 28-August 9 - Kenai/Soldatdna 

Valdez Gold Rush Days | July 30-August 3 | Valdez

Alaska Salsa Festival | August 1-3 | Anchorage 


Augtoberfest | August 1 & 2 | 49th State Brewing Company in Healy


Blueberry Arts Festival | August 1-3 | Ketchikan various venues  


Salmonstock | August 2-4 | Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik  


Alyeska Blueberry Mountain Arts & Music Festival | August 10 & 11 | Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood 


Tanana Valley State Fair | August 1-9 | Tanana Valley State Fair Grounds in Fairbanks  


Kenai Peninsula Fair | August 15-17 | Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik  


Alaska State Fair | August 21-September 1 | State Fairgrounds in Palmer 


Seward Music & Arts Festival | September 26-28 | Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship

Terminal in Seward 


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Call for Proposals: PARK(ing) Day - a Creative Placemaking event

on September 19, 2014, Anchorage AK


PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where community members collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.


Bree Kessler, in partnership with the Anchorage Parks Foundation, is organizing the 2014 PARK(ing) day and is looking for artists who are interested in being paired with a local business to activate a parking space near their location. If you are interested in participating, please contact Bree at:


For more information, go to: or view the Facebook event at: 


Request for Qualifications: Percent for Art 

Deadline for entries: August 15, 2014

Budget: $91,225


The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is requesting qualifications from Alaska artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the recently constructed AVTEC - Alaska's Institute for Technology Dormitory in Seward, Alaska.


This RFQ is open to professional ARTISTS and PHOTOGRAPHERS IN ALASKA ONLY.  

Applications will be accepted online only through CaFE at .


Northwest Film Center's Fresh Film Northwest 2014

(formerly the Young People's Film Festival)

Submission deadline extended: August 15, 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


Anchorage Press Post-It Note Art Contest

Deadline: September 15, 2014 5 pm


Each entry must be drawn on one 3x3 post-it note. To prevent loss and to make display possible, please mount each entry on durable card stock or foam core of at least 5x5 inches. Each entry must have contact information securely attached. Entries become the property of the Anchorage Press  


  1. Make a drawing that includes the following: Jack Russell, earbuds or headphones, wolf.
  2. Sketch one of the following iconic Alaskan places: the Fourth Avenue Theater breezeway, the Office Lounge, the train at the Train Park.
  3. Polar bear doing something unnatural
  4. Joe Miller
  5. Selfie
  6. Story on a Post-It
  7. Free draw/open

Deliver your entries to the Anchorage Press, 540 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 Questions? 561-7737


Call for Entries: the 18th Mini Print International Exhibition 

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press


Deadline Extended: September 2, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday, November 7, 2014
November 7, 2014 - January 2015


Miniprint Application 

Cash prizes of $500, $300, $200 will be awarded to
the top three artists, and 3 $100 honorable mentions.

$30 for up to 3 prints.
Need us to cut your mats? We'll do it, $9 per print. Please read application carefully for details.


Overview: The 18th Mini Print International is a juried exhibition of prints no larger than 4"x4". A maximum of three(3) original prints in any traditional or contemporary graphic process, including computer generated prints, will be accepted. Photographs are not admitted unless they are computer manipulated.

The Ink Shop, 330 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-277-3884 


Ink Shop Printmaking Center Call for Art: $$ Exchange $$ 

Submission Deadline: August 22, 2014

Do you want to make money? Follow the directions on the links below and make some Prints! The Theme is Exchange (as in money....) These are hard times, but we can make our own.

Exchange: as in exchange portfolio. You make an edition and so do other artists. Ink Shop will assemble them all and put them together and send you your own collecton of hand-made money made by great printmakers! So make some money and include the heroes, villains or icons of your choosing.


Exchange Specifications:

Editions should consist of twenty two impressions numbered 1/22 to 22/22, using any archival material. Twenty of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process. Prints 1/22 and 2/22 from each edition will be retained as a complete set for the Ink Shop Printmaking Center Archives and display.

Edition size: 22; numbered 1/22 to 22/22


Entry fee: $10 (Sorry you can't pay using the money you printed. Nice try). For more information, click here.

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:

  • 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  


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


Call to Artists and Artisans: 13th Annual Sitka Artisans Market

December 5th and 6th, 2014

Application deadline: September 15, 2014


The annual juried Sitka Artisans Market is a community-enhancing retail fair now professionally managed by the Greater Sitka Arts Council.  The Market provides an opportunity for Alaskan fine artists and artisans to showcase original, distinctive, carefully crafted wares to the public.

This year, the annual GSAC Holiday Craft Party will be combined with the Artisans Market for a fun event combining vendors, live music, food and opportunities to create!

The Market will open with a Gala event on Friday December 5 at 4:00 pm. and will be open again on Saturday December 6, 10:00 am-6:00 pm.


Space rental fees range from $120.00 to $240.00 per booth. Booths are now available!  For vendor   

applications, information, questions or concerns please call Sarah at 907-738-5234 or call (907)-747-ARTS (2787), email or Come by our office on the Sheldon Jackson Campus YAW building (Room 108) and pick up an application in person or from our drop-box.   


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.


Grants and Funding 

National Maritime Heritage Grants

Deadline: September 23, 2014


This U.S. Department of the Interior program supports various maritime heritage education and preservation project activities which focus on historic maritime resources.  Units of state or local governments or private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Approximately 20 awards will be made, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Link to the RFP through the National Park Service.  


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    


2015 USArtists International Program
New Guidelines and Application Now Available!


First Round Deadline:
September 5, 2014

The guidelines and online application are now available for the 2015 USArtists International program. The program provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and, new this year, performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. This is a submission deadline.

Additional deadlines for the 2015 program cycle include:

December 5, 2014 for projects taking place between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016  

April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016

To access the program guidelines and online application, click here


Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, at


USArtists International is made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Professional Development  

Nervous System Designers Lecture and Workshop

Friday, August 22, 2014

6-9 p.m., FREE to the public at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C St, Anchorage, AK


The Alaska Design Forum presents a unique lecture and workshop experience led by the fabulous design duo Nervous System. This Boston based generative design studio uses 3D printers and draws inspiration from mathematics and natural phenomena, to create jewelry, lighting and industrial designs.


They will present a one hour lecture about their designs and process and will follow it with a two hour workshop experience during which they will demonstrate a step-by-step printing process; showcase printed designs; and demonstrate and discuss various software that can be used with 3D printers. This workshop will answer questions about different types of 3D printers and the benefits/challenges to consider.


This lecture and workshop are free for the community. All ages and levels of experience are welcome and excellent for anyone interested in 3D printing. Laptops are welcome. For updates, see the Alaska Design Forum website: and 


For more information, contact: ADF Program Assistant, Michelle Hayworth (907) 884-0232, 


Creative Capital Professional Development Program

Artists Raising Kids Webinar with Andrew Simonet

Monday, September 29, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Register Here  

Registration fee: $25


How can we live as artists while raising children? Led by choreographer Andrew Simonet, this 90-minute webinar looks at the challenges and rewards of parenting as artists. Based on a national survey and a series of in-depth interviews and workshops, we will share principles and tools that help artist parents thrive.


The Wrangell Mountains Center provides residential and walk-in experiential education programs that foster discovery through direct contact with diverse environments. David Shaw will be teaching a course this fall The Photographic Landscape of the Wrangells, September 3-8,


Go to for complete course description and contact information.


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: 


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.


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.  


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.


Articles of Interest

Imagination Library in 111 Alaska communities: Two new affiliates sign on!


Imagination Library is now in 111 Alaska communities, from tiny villages to the largest metro areas. The two newest affiliates are in Chevak and Ninilchik. There are 34 local Imagination Library affiliates, most of them serving more than one community. This year, 20 Alaska affiliates will receive grants from Best Beginnings totaling $325,516. Click here for the full press release.


Come Explore Urban Anchorage!

Walking and biking tours are free and open to the public. Tours are led by neighborhood residents to showcase and discover the great places that make our city. Register for one of 20 spots at


Alaska's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries and Museums

Culture Trip, an online travel magazine, posted their top ten picks for Alaskan galleries and museums. Click here to read more.  


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)

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