Ever wonder what it looks like when art & science hang out together at school? These mosaics were created during Sara Tabbert's FY14 Artists in Schools residency at Woodriver Elementary in Fairbanks. Sara, the students, and school staff incorporated concepts from science learning into the creation of the residency project. Photo courtesy Sara Tabbert.

September 2014 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Back to School
POL Registration Open
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Professional Development
Education and Youth
Employment and Internships
Contact Us
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A Note from Shannon

Richard Dauenhauer speaking at the 2014 Governor's Awards
 for the Arts and Humanities in Juneau, January 30, 2014. 
Photo Credit: Michael Penn


Alaska and the world lost an incredible human being, poet and historian when Richard Dauenhauer passed away last month. Dick served as the Alaska State Poet Laureate from 1981-1987 and his wife, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, is the current Alaska State Writer Laureate. I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Dick, mostly through our work with Nora in her role as our current State Writer Laureate. This is the first husband and wife duo to both be named Writer Laureates in Alaska, which is meaningful and, really, just perfect and fitting. Dick's work preserving and advancing Tlingit culture has had significant impact in Alaska, and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. While we mourn, we also celebrate his extraordinary life and heart. 


For more on Dick's life and work, read:

A Partnership of Language and Love: Reflecting on the Life of Dick Dauenhauer by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau | August 22, 2014 

by Melissa Griffiths, Juneau Empire | August 19, 2014


Richard Dauenhauer dies at 72; scholar of Tlingit language, culture  by Jill Leovy, Los Angeles Time | August 24, 2014


ASCA seeks contractor for Cultural Heritage for Youth Project Development
Since 2008, the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Rasmuson Foundation have partnered to support arts education in Alaska. Currently, ASCA administers and manages five, arts education-based grant programs that the Rasmuson Foundation supports in whole or in part. In 2013, the Rasmuson Foundation increased its funding to ASCA to support programs focused on Cultural Heritage for Youth (CHY) 

ASCA is seeking a contractor or team of contractors to perform research, planning and development for a new grant program focused on CHY. This program is funded by the Rasmuson Foundation and will be aligned with other ASCA-managed, Rasmuson Foundation grant programs.

The proposal reviewers will consider candidates from both in and outside the State of Alaska, but because of the nature of this project, out-of-state contractors are strongly encouraged to identify an Alaska-based team member.

The complete Informal Request for Proposal is available online at http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=173857. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 19th, 2014, 4:00 p.m. 

Nominate An Outstanding Alaskan! 

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


Nominations are now open for both the 2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities and the 2014-2016 Alaska State Writer Laureate. The application deadline for both is Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4pm.  


To submit a nomination, you will need the name and contact information for your nominee and yourself, a nominating statement in support of your nominee, the nominee's bio/CV/resume, and 2-5 letters of support written by someone other than yourself.  


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 http://bit.ly/2015AKGovAwardsNominations.  


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.  


The current State Writer Laureate is Nora Marks Dauenhauer. For a complete list of past Alaska State Writers click here.


Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Registration Open | Deadline October 15th

The registration deadline for Alaska Poetry Out Loud is October 15! For those educators working

with students in grades 9-12 who are unfamiliar with the Poetry Out Loud program, we hope you will take a few minutes to consider this opportunity. For those who already familiar with POL, don't forget to register! Poetry Out Loud provides a wonderful opportunity for high schools to introduce their students to poetry. Competitions in recitation bring other life skills into play - memorization, public speaking, learning how to tease out meaning from the written word. In Alaska, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council partner to make this program available.


Complete information and registration for the program is available at the Alaska Poetry Out Loud website. Not sure you're ready to register, but interested in discussing the program? We will host two, informational teleconferences on September 23 & 30 at 3:30 p.m. You can RSVP for one of these teleconferences here.  

Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion for 2014, Maeva Ordaz of West Anchorage High School, recites at the state finals.


The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship, April 27-29, 2015. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.


Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Maeva Ordaz from West Anchorage High School, was selected as the 2014 Alaska Poetry Out Loud champion and represents the state in the 2014 National Finals in Washington, DC. In Alaska alone, over 3,500 students from 42 schools took part in the Poetry Out Loud program. Over 365,000 students participated nationwide.


High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program satisfies most of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud has been designed to fit into a teacher's busy schedule. The program takes place over the span of 2 to 3 weeks, according to each teacher's interest and agenda, and it does not require full class periods. The program may also be incorporated with existing poetry units. 



Alaska Arts Southeast Sitka Fine Arts Camp receives one of 66 NEA Our Town grants

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced plans to award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.073 million and reaching 38 states in the Our Town program's fourth year of funding. Alaska Arts Southeast Sitka Fine Arts Camp is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $100,000 to create and host a Festival of Arts and Sciences on the Sheldon Jackson Campus during summer 2015. Click here for a full press release.  


For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well.   


Alaska Arts Organizations receive support from the Western States Arts Federation 

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. Recently, 13 Alaskan organizations were awarded 21 TourWest grants, for a total of $42,150 in funding to support artistic fees. TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity.


Congratulations to the TourWest Awardees!

  • Anchorage Concert Association awarded a total of $5,000 supporting presentations of Bodyvox and Sybarite5
  • Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer awarded a total of $4,650 supporting presentations of Ravenfeathers in the Wind and CATALYST
  • Cordova Arts Council awarded a total of $1,700 supporting a presentation of Metales M5
  • Fairbanks Concert Association awarded a total of $5,000 supporting presentations of BodyVox and Split Knuckle Theater
  • Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival awarded a total of $2,250 supporting a presentation of Mike Stevens and Raymond McLain
  • Haines Arts Council awarded a total of $1,500 supporting a presentation of Metales M5
  • Homer Council on the Arts awarded a total of $2,150 supporting a presentation of TorQ Percussion
  • Juneau Arts and Humanities Council awarded a total of $4,300 supporting presentations of BodyVox and Metales M5   
  • Kodiak Arts Council awarded a total of $3,850 supporting presentations of Metales M5 and Split Knuckle Theater
  • Seldovia Arts Council awarded a total of $2,100 supporting presentations of Alaska String Band and Les Yeux Noirs
  • Seward Arts Council awarded a total of $2,150 supporting a presentation of Split Knuckle Theater
  • Skagway Arts Council awarded a total of $4,000 supporting presentations of Metales M5 and The United Kingdom Ukelele Orchestra (TUKUO)
  • Valdez Arts Council awarded a total of $3,750 supporting presentations of Metales M5 and BodyVox 

Four artists selected for Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program in Alaska  

Rasmuson Foundation announced the selection of four artists who will each spend two months in Alaska as part of the 2014-15 Artist Residency Program.


The goals of the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program are to support the creative growth of Alaska's artists and arts organizations, expose Alaskans to new work and creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introduce Lower 48 communities to unique Alaska perspectives through extended engagements with artists.


The artists selected for the program are:


Elizabeth Emery, a printmaker and sculptor in Cleveland, OH, will be in residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. Her goal is to finish a drawing a day and create a community print project. (Nominated by Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH) 


John W. Love, Jr., an interdisciplinary artist in Charlotte, NC, will be at the Anchorage Museum. His plans include "unpredictable connections and unabashed exploration minus any preconceived outcome." (Nominated by McColl Center for Art + Innovation 

in Charlotte, NC)    


Ati Maier, a visual artist and sculptor in Brooklyn, NY, will go to the Native Art Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her work will involve Alaska Native artists and their culture. (Nominated by Santa Fe Art Institute, in Santa Fe, NM, in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts)  


Dipika Guha, a playwright in New York City, will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka. She plans to use the silence and nature of Sitka to continue writing a play and begin a book for a musical. (Nominated by Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA)


Seattle based publisher, Mountaineers Books has signed a contract with Alaska based photographer Carl Battreall to publish the first photography book of the entire Alaska Range.

The book will also contain six essays by a collection of Alaskan naturalists, climbers and explorers. Final images and text for the publication will be completed by the fall of 2015 with a

expected release date of Spring 2016. A traveling exhibit will also be produced.


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.  


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

The online nomination form is at http://bit.ly/2015AKGovAwardsNominations


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

Click here for the nomination form.


ASCA 2nd Quarter Council Teleconference, October 3, 2014, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm


Alaska Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline | October 15, 2014 | Visit http://siteline.vendini.com/juneau-arts-humanities-council/poetry-out-loud for information and registration.   


Artist in Schools Grants for FY15 | Round II Deadline - November 1, 2014 | Visit http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/AIS.html for information or contact Laura Forbes.  


Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations Project Grants for FY15 | Round II Deadline - December 1, 2014 | Visit http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/ccp.html 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 www.facebook.com/ArtsAlaska to find out about ASCA opportunities, events and intriguing arts-related articles from across the web.


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


Alaska Mint 2015 State of Alaska Medallion Competition

Deadline: September 8, 2014

$500 award for the chosen design


Design specifications: black and white art in an 8" circle, must include space for 'Alaska' and '2015'. Open to all Alaska residents. Submit designs to the Alaska Mint, 429 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Call 907-278-8414 or email michele@alaskamint.com


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


Brick by Brick Request for Proposals 

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

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.


Read the complete proposal description here. Email your interest to brickbybrick@anchoragemuseum.org. Be sure to include:

  • First and last name, email and phone number
  • Identify the proposal: 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, brickbybrick@anchoragemuseum.org or call 907-750-4011, 


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 sitkaarts@gmail.com or justsosarah@gmail.com. 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.     


No Big Heads

Deadline: September 22, 2014


The University of Alaska Anchorage is hosting the 29th Annual No Big Heads (NBH) exhibition in late October. NBH is a national juried self-portrait competition of limited size. Works must be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches in any direction and weigh less than sixty-five pounds. NBH welcomes all types of media and prints of all nature.  This year, applications will be submitted through Call for Entry (CaFÉ) which allows artists to upload their art digitally and be judged in a preliminary round online.


This year's juror, Jesse Shaw is a printmaker from Tennessee primarily working in relief prints carved from linoleum blocks. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded along with a summer solo exhibition for the Best of Show. For prospectus and entry form, click here. For upcoming information on the show visit our website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sll/activities/gallery.cfm  


Contact Jade Aldridge, Assistant Manager, Student Union Gallery, (907) 786-1052

gallery@uaa.alaska.edu with questions.


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 www.WhitefishReview.org. 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.


Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home RFQ

Deadline for Entries: October 3, 2014.  

The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the recently renovated Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home (AVPH) in Palmer, Alaska. Budget $8,800 USD 


This RFQ is open to all professional artists residing in ALASKA only.  Applications will be accepted online only through CaFE at www.callforentry.org .


Call For Art for the Juneau Cruise Berths Project

Deadline: October 14, 2014



For the complete project description, click here.


For questions, contact Gary H Gillette, Architect, Port Engineer, 155 S. Seward Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801, 907-586-0398, gary_gillette@ci.juneau.ak.us 


Fairbanks Arts Association's Portfolio Review

Deadline: October 31, 2014


The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and craft persons from Alaska to submit digital images of their work for proposed solo or group exhibitions in the

Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts for the year 2016. For a complete prospectus, click here.


Contact Carey Seward, Fairbanks Arts Association, 907-456-6485 ext. 222 or carey@fairbanksarts.orgfor more information.


2015 Call for Artists | Homer Public Library 

Deadline: November 3, 2014


Two-dimensional artwork sought for public display at the Homer Public Library. Although the artwork cannot be for sale, display at the library is an excellent way for an artist to introduce their work to a wide audience. Artists also have the option of conducting a talk/presentation during the display period for their work. Work is displayed for three months in the Fireplace Reading Area of the library. Chosen proposals will be notified by December 1, 2014.


Full Call for Artist information is available at the Homer Public Library or online at  http://friendshomerlibrary.org/art-in-the-library/.


Contact Erin Hollowell, Coordinator, Friends of the Homer Public Library at erin@friendshomerlibrary.org for more information.


Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Deadline: November 7, 2014
$35 for up to three images and $5 for each additional image


Clatsop Community College is accepting entries for the ninth annual international juried competition to be held January 22 - March 5, 2015 at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery in Astoria, OR. $1000 in cash prizes. Up to $2000 in purchase awards. One artist will be chosen for a solo show for the following exhibition season. Juror: Barbara Shaiman, independent curator/art consultant. Au Naturel is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional drawing, painting, and printmaking media with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form ranging from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Due to the special focus of this exhibit, photography is not eligible.


Contact Kristin Shauck, Instructor of Art and Founding Director of Au Naturel Clatsop Community College,1651 Lexington Ave., Astoria, OR 97103. 1.503.338.2472 kshauck@clatsopcc.edu  www.aunaturelart.com 


Polar Lab: Arctic Comfort Design Competition

Deadline: December 1, 2014


Proposals will be reviewed by the Polar Lab Creative Team and designers will be notified of their inclusion by January 31, 2015. Recipient of Arctic Comfort Award will receive a cash award of $1000. Criteria for judging includes degree of innovation, aesthetic quality, functionality and usefulness, emotional content, and impact. Works will be on exhibit at the Museum from  

May 1-31, 2015.


How to Enter

Proposals must include a sketch, description of the object or installation, description of how the public will interact, proposed location for the work, description of durability (relative to indoor/outdoor and public interaction). All proposals must be digital. The Museum may contribute up to $500 for supplies/realization of design ideas, but a proposal of these costs must be detailed in the proposal. For a complete description of the call, click here.  

Email proposals to northerninitiative@anchoragemuseum.org


Dave Bown Projects - 9th Semiannual Competition

Deadline: December 6, 2014


Prizes: $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD).Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.

For the prospectus, go to  davebownprojects.com 


Jurors: Steven Matijcio, Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Dominic Molon, Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum; Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.


For questions about the Dave Bown Projects, call 1-917-365-5265, or email info@davebownprojects.com 


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.    


Collections Management Fund Grant

Application deadline: September 30, 2014. 

Apply online at http://museumsalaska.org/collections-management-fund/ 


For questions, contact Heather Beggs, Executive Director of Museums Alaska, P.O. Box 3004, Homer, AK 99603 director@museumsalaska.org , www.museumsalaska.org 


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   www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is  

Oct. 1. For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit 



Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming

Receipt deadline: is October 3, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming honor U.S.-based professional ensembles and presenters for outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. These awards are presented annually by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the

Applicants are considered in the following categories:

·         Ensembles-Contemporary, Mixed Repertory, and Jazz

·         Presenting Organizations-Contemporary, Mixed Repertory, and Jazz

The awards will be presented during the next CMA National Conference in New York City, January 15-18, 2015. Each recipient will receive a $500 award and a plaque.


For more information about this programs and to download the program guidelines, application and FAQs, visit the CMA website at www.chamber-music.org  or contact Susan Dadian, Program Director CMA Classical/Contemporary, (212) 242-2022, ext. 102 sdadian@chamber-music.org  

Japan Foundation: Funding for Performing Arts Touring and Collaborative Projects
Deadline: October 27, 2014

The Japan Foundation is accepting proposals for touring and collaborative projects through its Performing Arts Japan program, an annual program designed to increase access to Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada; foster an understanding of the these arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and support collaborative projects between Japanese and U.S./Canadian performing artists. Grants are awarded only to U.S. or Canada-based nonprofit organizations. To be eligible, projects must present Japanese performing arts and/or facilitate performing arts collaborations between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. In addition, projects must include an educational and/or community outreach component. Visit the website for complete information.

Chamber Music America Grant Opportunity | CMA Residency Partnership Program

Receipt Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects. Funding is intended for activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Activities may include, but are not limited to, interactive or audience engagement programs in classrooms (preschool through high school), libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or other community venues. The program does not support music activities intended for college- or conservatory-level music students.  Projects must take place in the U.S. or its territories. The length of the residencies ranges from a minimum of three days to one year.   


For more information about this programs and to download the program guidelines, application and FAQs, visit the CMA website at www.chamber-music.org or contact Susan Dadian, Program Director CMA Classical/Contemporary, (212) 242-2022, ext. 102 sdadian@chamber-music.org  


NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants  

Deadline: December 3, 2014


The National Endowment for the Humanities invites applications from nonprofit museums, libraries, archives, and educational institutions in the United States to the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program. This grant program supports planning and implementation of sustainable preventive conservation projects that pragmatically balance preservation goals, cost, and environmental impact. All projects should be designed to be as cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sensitive as possible.


Guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful applications available at:  www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SCHC.html     


Professional Development  

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.


Museums Alaska Annual Conference

Milestones: Interpreting Events that Change the Course of Communities  

October 1-4, Seward AK 2014: 


Museums often preserve and share the impact of community changing events - from the tragic to the triumphant. We collect objects, record accounts, and share stories. On the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake and the 25th anniversary of the EXXON-Valdez Oil Spill, the 2014 Museums Alaska conference will explore the opportunities and challenges museums face in commemorating such community milestones.


Dr. Jan Ramirez from the National September 11 Memorial Museum will be the keynote speaker in Seward, informing our theme of interpreting events that change the course of communities. The title of her talk is Too Soon? Too Sad? Too Sensitive? Too Sacred?   Some Lessons Learned in Creating a Museum of History and Memory at Ground Zero


Full conference program is here:http://www.resbayhistorical.org/ 

More details at http://museumsalaska.org/conferences/annual-conference-2014/ 


Collections Management Fund Grant 

Application deadline: September 30, 2014. 

Apply online at http://museumsalaska.org/collections-management-fund/ 


For questions, contact Heather Beggs, Executive Director of Museums Alaska, P.O. Box 3004, Homer, AK 99603 director@museumsalaska.org ,  www.museumsalaska.org  


National Arts Marketing Project Conference

A program of Americans for the Arts | November 7-10th | Atlanta, GA 

Advance Registration Deadline: October 24th


This November, in the heart of Atlanta's cultural scene, the 2014 National Arts Marketing Project Conference will deliver tools and strategies to move your marketing past the here and now. Marketing triumphs require more than wide-eyed optimism- they rely on strategy, momentum, and bold creativity. - See more at: http://www.artsmarketing.org/conference

Education and Youth  


thINKing About Art - 2014 State Conference

Alaska Art Education Association


The Alaska Art Education Association invites you to join us for "ThINKing about Art," with keynote speaker Ray Troll.


When:October 10-12, 2014.

Where: Pike's Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks, AK.


For additional information please visit: http://alaska-aaea.org/


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: www.natf-arts.org 


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: director@aste.com.   


Employment and Internships 

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has several open positions.

Exhibition and Creative Production Designer
This position is responsible for exhibition design to include conceptual design, design development and implementation of exhibit designs. The exhibition process may also include design, production and installation of museum exhibit graphics such as labels, illustrations and info-graphics.    


Facility/Maintenance Operation Assistant
This position works under the direct supervision of the Museum Deputy Director of Facilities and Operations and is responsible for coordinating, completing and ensuring the overall cleanliness of the Anchorage Museum.


Chief Curator
The Chief Curator has responsibility for oversight of the curatorial practices of the museum across disciplines. Provides administrative leadership in the development and implementation of visitor-centered curatorial content, ensuring that the Museum's interdisciplinary collections, exhibitions, and public programs balance the highest quality of scholarship and innovation, while providing an outstanding visitor experience and meeting the interests of a diverse audience.


Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs
This position serves as the project manager to bring together museum program activities, including exhibitions, education, public programs, collections, and library and archives.


Brick by Brick Exhibit Facilitator
Part-time position focused on the Brick by Brick exhibition. This person will work with the Museum Experience and Volunteer Manager to help manage the gallery and facilitate LEGO® based activities with visitors.


Community Outreach Manager
Under the general direction of the Director of Education and Interpretation the Community Outreach position is responsible for the integration of innovative pathways increasing visitor knowledge by leveraging museum resources through a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach to community engagement.   

For complete job descriptions and application, go to


Focus Outreach Art Program Assistant

The Art Program Assistant must bring forth an enthusiasm and passion for the art field. This includes teaching participants with a lack of ego and the generosity of spirit to share their creative journey and talents with program participants. This individual must exhibit warmth, compassion, as well as an interest and skill in teaching and working directly with persons who experience developmental disabilities and/or complex medical conditions. Click here for a complete job description, or go to http://www.focusoutreach.org/open-art-program-assistant/  


Arc of Anchorage Art Program Manager  

The Art Program Manager is responsible for the daily operation of the program and supervises Direct Support Professionals who work in the Sparc Art Program. The Art Program Manager is responsible for the daily operation of the program by managing its resources in an efficient manner with outcomes that are aligned with the personal outcomes of the individuals served.  


Education & Experience Preferred:  Bachelor's Degree.  Recreation experience or training

Required:  Associate's Degree.  Art training or art background.  Minimum of one year experience working with people who experience an intellectual/developmental disability, severe emotional disturbance or serious mental illness.  Minimum of six-months management/supervisory experience. Proof of ID, able to pass a background check and must have current TB vaccination/screening. For more information, go to http://thearcofanchorage.org/jobs/current-job-openings/full-time-job-openings  

Contact Us

ASCA Staff
Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  shannon.daut@alaska.gov  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603 saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605 andrea.noble-pelant@alaska.gov  

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682  laura.forbes@alaska.gov 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604 janelle.matz@alaska.gov
Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608 gina.brown@alaska.gov  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 keren.lowell@alaska.gov 

ASCA Council Members

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:  http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/  


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