December 2014 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Capitol Christmas Tree
Ag + Art
Public Art Spotlight
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
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A Note from Shannon
I am excited to share with you some news about a new project that ASCA is working on with the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic. For the first time ever, Alaska has been selected to provide the Christmas Tree for Nation's Capitol in 2015. As part of the program, the Chugach National Forest will provide the big tree, as well as around 70 smaller trees that will be placed in other buildings and offices throughout Washington, DC. We will also be sending 5,000 ornaments to decorate the trees. That's where the arts come in.

We are currently looking to commission artists to create an ornament that can also serve as a design template for communities across the state to create their own ornaments for the project. Our goal is to engage artists prominently in this project and to use the ornament designs to highlight the artistic riches that we have in Alaska. 

This is also a great opportunity for Alaskan artists to receive great exposure, both statewide and nationally. More information is posted below. Please take a look at the call, which is posted at: The deadline is December 22nd--I hope you'll apply!


Congratulations to the recently announced recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts grants in the Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry categories for fall 2014. To see the complete listing of awardees, click here.

In releasing this announcement, NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "Since coming to the NEA, I have met with many NEA grantees and have seen first-hand the positive impact they have on their communities. These new projects will continue to demonstrate the power the arts have to deepen value, build connections, and foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation both at the community level and with individuals throughout the nation."

The Alaska awardees for this round are:
49 Writers, Inc. | Anchorage
Alaska Native Heritage Center | Anchorage
Anchorage Museum Association | Anchorage
Fairbanks Concert Association | Fairbanks
Bunnell Street Arts Center | Homer
Juneau Jazz & Classics, Inc. | Juneau
Alaska Arts Sountheast, Inc. | Sitka
Island Institute | Sitka
Sitka Summer Music Festival, Inc. | Sitka

And congratulations to Fairbanks Writer Sean Hill, who is the recipient of a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry!

2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Project Seeks Talented Alaska Artists


December 1, 2014 (Anchorage, AK) The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic, is looking for Alaskan Artists to design one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree. Selected designs will be used as templates for 5,000+ ornaments that will be created by students and community members across Alaska. Approximately 10 artists will be selected for an award of $750 each.


Designs should include youth-friendly templates that schools can use to encourage their students to create ornaments that utilize recycled, sustainable, and natural materials. The designs should have a focus on key elements from Alaska and/or key regional elements. Ornaments will be judged on creativity, durability, and reproducibility. The full prospectus can be viewed at:


Once all 5,000 ornaments are collected, they will decorate the 2015 People's Tree provided by the Chugach National Forest and various smaller trees in offices throughout the Capitol building and other buildings in Washington D.C. Selected artists may also have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for this project­­­­­, both in Alaska and in Washington, D.C.


Artists can find more information about this opportunity and submit their application through the CaFE online system. More information and the application form can be found at: The deadline for applications is 9:59 p.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014. 


Ag + Art


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Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Farmer Training Program Workshop: Spoon Carving from local wood. Photo courtesy Calypso Farm and Ecology Center.  
We want to provide you with an ongoing update on Art+Agriculture initiatives that may be of interest to you and other Alaskans. Many Alaska Art+Ag initiatives are happening right now. Did you know that Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in Ester, Alaska is working toward the long-term integration of arts programming on their educational
 farm? They host an Artist-in-Residence program, providing weekly, hands-on arts workshops through their Farmer Training Program. They also offer high quality, unique farm-based arts workshops open to the public. The Palmer Musk Ox Farm, in addition to meeting their mission to domesticate a subarctic-appropriate sustainable fiber herd species, support scores of Alaskan artists through their on-site farm gift shop sales and Qiviut yarn production. Wolverine Farm in Palmer marks the entrance to their four-generation farm with a twenty-foot tall pop art carrot. Really, you can't miss it!


Wormfarm Institute FarmArt DTour Culture Stand built by artist Homer Daehn. Photo credit Wormfarm Institute.

We can look to our southern Art+Ag collaborators for inspiration too. The Wormfarm Institute is "an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology." They organize celebrated projects like a Farm/Art DTour , a drivable route punctuated by "Field Notes" and large scale pop-up art through Wisconsin farm country. They host farm-based artist residencies and initiated the development of Culture Stands and a Fermentation Fest Their work "explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and fertile ground for creative work." Alaskan's have all the resources required to emulate these efforts - all of which are proven to bolster our creative economy and improve our quality of life! 


Public Art Spotlight: Bright Idea! Photographs as Public Art

 In May 2013, the Alaska State Council on the Arts' Percent for Art Program and the University of Alaska Anchorage, released a call for Alaska photographers for images of Alaskan plant life, botanical, aquatic and archaeological specimens, and images connected to the study of nature and culture from all regions of the state to be displayed in the newly renovated Beatrice McDonald Hall.  

Sundew Dinner by Carl Battreall


The UAA Art Committee selected the following six photographers and curated a total of fourteen photos to create a captivating display by Alaska photographers:

  • Carl Battreall, Anchorage
  • Wayde Carroll, Anchorage
  • Ashley DuRoss, Petersburg
  • Frank Flavin, Anchorage
  • Mary Virginia Stroud, Barrow
  • Mary VanderJack, Juneau

Selected photographers worked with UAA Project Manager / Designer, Patricia Baum, to fabricate artwork in translucent resin in coordination with 3 Form Original digital images were infused to 4'x4' LED back lit wall boxes using high resolution files. In this format, the images maintain consistent illumination regardless of light levels due to the LED back lighting.

This collection of vibrant photos is a key element in the revitalization of this two story building constructed in 1970 on the University of Alaska campus. Clusters of comfortable furniture allow students to interact in small groups around the artwork in the new gathering area. The influence of the new space radiates out into the rest of the building by means of bright accent colors and more inviting materials in the main corridors.


BEFORE: Students' space in Beatrice McDonald Hall before renovation.

AFTER: Photos by Frank Flavin, Mary Virginia Stroud and Wayde Carroll in the new gathering area at Beatrice McDonald Hall.


The Beatrice McDonald Hall building houses the Anthropology, Geography, Alaska Native Heritage Program departments and general campus
classrooms. The building contains ten laboratories, an herbarium, a lecture hall and a student gathering space. The building is scheduled to be open to the public in January 2015.


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.  


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 | 4th Quarter Deadline - March 1, 2014 | Community Arts Development, Workshop, Career Opportunity, and Master Artist and Apprentice Grants, Walker Grants Closed for FY15


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


Artist in Schools Grant Panel Teleconference  - December 5, 2014  


ASCA 3rd Quarter Teleconference - December 19, noon - 1:30 PM


2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities - January 29, 2015, Juneau AK


Cultural Heritage for Youth Survey

This survey is being conducted to help the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, develop a new grant program to support cultural heritage for youth. The Rasmuson Foundation established funding for this program with the goal of supporting strategies that connect Alaska's youth with their cultural heritage. The program will ultimately provide funding support for youth-focused cultural heritage programs.

The intended goals of this program are to:

* Strengthen Alaska youth's cultural knowledge and self-awareness
* Engage citizens around cultural heritage
* Bridge culture and communities
* Create greater cross-cultural understanding and empathy

With this survey we are looking to learn what is being done across the state, and what gaps in programs or services currently exist. Your response will help us design a program that offers high-impact cultural heritage programs in Alaska.  


Please take the survey at Also, if you are interested in keeping up-to-date on the program's development, please visit and like the Facebook page:  


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Bethel Public Art Call

Budget: $150,000

Deadline for Entries: Received by December 19, 2014 9:59 pm Alaska Time.


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 new Bethel Youth Facility (BYF) in Bethel, Alaska.


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


Alaska artists in the Bethel region are encouraged to apply. Alaska artists not already registered on may request assistance from the Alaska State Council on the Arts 1-888-278-7424 or 907-269-6601. Artists must have photos of their work to apply.


The City of Cordova | Request for Proposals

Budget: $50,000

Deadline for Proposals: December 30, 2014, 4:30 pm

Notification By: January 15, 2015


The City of Cordova is requesting proposals for art work to be installed in the Cordova Center for the purpose of recognizing project donors. This multi-use facility is currently under construction, with completion anticipated during the summer of 2015. Click  here for complete RFP.


Artists interested in being considered for selection shall submit a letter of interest with the following information:

  • Letter of interest and rough sketch. This may be in any medium of the artist's determination which best illustrates the project intention. Maximum size for submitted material shall be 8.5" x 14" to facilitate committee review.
  • Professional resume, three references and digital images of previous work (up to 10 under 2 MB each). Image sheet must state: Title of work, media, and year created.
  • An estimated cost for this type of project and/or a budget range.

For more information, contact Cathy Sherman, Project Leader, 907-424-6665,  


Applications Open for American Music Abroad: Promoting Cultural Diplomacy Through Music

Deadline: January 9, 2015


American Music Abroad (AMA)'s application round for the 2014-15 season in now open! Bands and ensembles are encouraged to apply at  The deadline for applications is January 9, 2015.


American Music Abroad is designed to communicate America's rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene. Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to embark on month-long, multi-country tours, where they will engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews. 


Ensembles from any characteristically American musical genres, including, but not limited to Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco are welcome to apply. Ensembles will be selected for artistic quality, a strong education and interactive component, and a dedication to cultural engagement.


Previous American Music Abroad ensembles have reached audiences in more than 75 countries who had little or no access to live American music. To learn more about AMA visit


The International Wildlife Film Festival

Deadline: January 9, 2015


The International Wildlife Film festival is now accepting submissions for the 2015 film festival, happening in Missoula, MT, April 18-25 at the historic Roxy Theater. All films about the natural world are welcomed. The event will include workshops, field trips, technology sessions, seminars, parties, and networking events. The festival celebrates upcoming artists and features discussions on wildlife issues and using media.  


2015 Left Coast Annual Call for Entries

April 10 - May 17, 2015

Deadline: Tues Feb 10, 2015, 11 pm PST 


Open to All California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska artists | All Fine Arts Visual Media

Awards: Two artists will receive $250 and a 2016 exhibition, two artists will receive $250


Enter Online: Artists may enter online through the CaFE entry system.  CaFE provides artists with an easy-to-use system to create a profile with contact information, upload digital images of your artwork, and apply to a number of open calls for entry at one time.  There is no cost to register your profile, and you can update it at anytime.  Visit our Call for Entries prospectus now and obtain complete entry information by clicking here. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, California 94044 ph.650-355-1894


Call for Submission: "Fusion" National Juried Exhibition 2015

Deadline: February 22nd, 2015

Exhibition Dates: May 2, 2015 -June 20, 2015


Categories: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book.


Click here for complete prospectus. Go to ARC's website for more information.

Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103   


Arctic Comfort Design Competition

Deadline: Feb. 28


What does it take to thrive in cold climates and the midnight sun? The  Arctic Comfort Design Competition examines survival and adaptation in Northern landscapes. Recipient of the Arctic Comfort Award will receive $1,000. 


Grants and Funding

National Endowment for the Humanities: Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Deadline: December 9, 2014


Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. For complete information, click here  


Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation | Program Design and Funding Opportunity


Southern Exposure is a national initiative that brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. The design of the program has been revised from previous funding rounds. Fee support will now be available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States and its territories that book artists from a curated roster that will change annually. The program will no longer accept applications from presenters for support of engagements by artists they have self-identified for engagements.

Help Select the 2015-2016 Artist Roster
The artist roster for the next funding cycle is currently in formation. For information on the candidates under consideration, click here. To indicate your preferences for the artists to be included on the 2015-2016 artist roster, take a brief (less than five minutes) survey by clicking here. The survey will close on Friday, December 5, 2014. Only presenters based in the United States and its territories are eligible to take the survey.  


The 2015-2016 artist roster will be announced in December 2014. Funding will be available for roster engagements taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Instructions on booking artists and receiving funding will be made available when the roster is announced. 

Questions? Contact Robyn Busch at

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


The National Endowment for the Our Town grant application and Exploring Our Town online resource is now available

Deadline: December 15, 2014


Art works to support creative, economically-competitive, healthy, resilient, and opportunity-rich communities. Excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety.  Artists and community development practitioners across our nation --sometimes one and the same, sometimes working together -- are striving to make places more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as Creative Placemaking.


Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities.


Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking

Through Our Town projects, the NEA intends to achieve the following outcome: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts. Go to our new  Exploring Our Town online resource, which includes case studies of more than 60 Our Town grants with an insights section of lessons learned.


The next deadline for Our Town applications is December 15th, 2014.  Visit the website for complete information and application.   


Open Call for Proposals: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

For the first time in its history, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has announced an open call for grant proposals. Currently, the foundation has calls open in its Art + Environment (Climate Change Solutions Fund) and Artist as Activist programs. Letters of interest for the Climate Change Solution Fund are due by December 22, while full proposals are due on March 5th; Artist as Activist proposals are due on March 15th.Click here for more information. 

Education and Youth  

National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Foundation Announces  

Americans for the Arts Scholarship

Deadline: January 16, 2015


The scholarship encourages the integration of the arts into the economic education process and is presented to recent high school graduates and college undergraduates who are majoring in economics and/or the arts. The award recipient must come from an economically disadvantaged household, have attended a public school, have participated in arts, have excelled academically, and have formally declared the intent to study economics. This $5,000 scholarship will be presented in March 2015 at the NABE conference in Washington DC. For more details and to apply, go to .

Classics for Kids Foundation - Stringed Instrument Grants

Deadline: Quarterly


Studies show that kids who play a stringed instrument:

  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Enjoy more parental involvement at school
  • Develop better self-discipline

Despite this, school music programs, especially strings programs, remain vulnerable to budget cuts. Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.

Quality Stringed Instruments

CFKF provides grants for high quality instruments because of these attributes:

  • They're easier to tune and play
  • They contribute to a better and more effective classroom
  • They're tonally superior
  • Better durability and longevity
  • They inspire kids to practice and stay involved with their program

Visit the website for more details about the kinds of instruments we offer support toward the purchase of, visit Quality Stringed Instruments 


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Applications Now Open

Deadline: February 2, 2015


The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.


The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.


After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: 


Letters About Literature

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress 22nd Annual Writing Contest for Young Readers


Theme: How did an author's work change your view of the world or of yourself?

One national award of $1000 for each level

One national honor award of $200 for each level


December 15, 2014 - Level 3 (Grades 9-12)

January 15, 2015 - Level 2 (Grades 7-8)

January 15, 2015 - Level 1 (Grades 1-6)


Click here for detailed information and entry form. Mail entries with entry form to:  

Letters About Literature Competition

Level _______ (indicate level 1, 2 or 3)

P.O. Box 5308

Woodbridge, VA 22194


2015 Alaska Teen Video Challenge
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) launches the 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer readingprogram. CSLP is a consortium consisting of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the United States, its territories, and the Cayman Islands. The members of this consortium work together to provide high-quality summer reading materials for public libraries to use in their summer programs with children, teens, and adults.

Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan Unmask in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens insummer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is anopportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.

$150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015. For full details about the Alaska 2015 Teen Video Challenge, please visit

NAEA Lesson Design Challenge

NAEA invites art educators to share their outstanding art education lesson designs through the NAEA's Lesson Design Challenge Pinterest Board.   


Here's how you can participate in the NAEA Lesson Design Challenge:
* Sign up by completing a quick
* Download a Lesson Design Challenge Template: Choose
8.5 x 11 or GO BIG with 11 x 17.
* Complete the template as creatively as possible: Draw, collage, digitize it...The sky's the limit!
* Take a photograph of your completed template and save the image as a .jpg, .png, or a .gif with the following information in the title: firstname_lastname_school.jpg.
* Pin it on the NAEA Lesson Design Challenge
Pinterest Board.

Lesson Design Challenge Templates pinned to the NAEA Lesson Design Challenge Board become eligible for peer review and possible inclusion in the curated NAEA Instructional Resources Gallery.


The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Deadline: December 14, 2014 


The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. With over $500,000 in awards available, this series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers, kindergarten through college, across the United States.

For more information about nominating a teacher, and the program,  visit the website.

The Educational Theatre Association is seeking proposals for three upcoming national events: Junior Thespian Festival 2015, Thespian Festival 2015, and EdTA National Conference 2015. EdTA strives to create balanced events by offering a variety of workshop topics within the discipline of theatre.

All proposals must support EdTA's mission of shaping lives through theatre education. Why submit a proposal?
  • Receive a one year complimentary EdTA professional membership 
  • Receive a complimentary registration to the event at which you present
  • Share the transformative experience of theatre with others
  • Increase your experience and exposure as a teaching artist on the national level
  • Network and gain connections
  • Most teaching artists at EdTA events are eligible for a presenter's stipend

For more information and to submit proposals visit the website

Professional Development

Out of a Jam Solutions and

Sound Web Solutions WordPress Web Design Workshop   


January 16 - 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Turkey Red (Banquet Room), 550 S Alaska St Suite 100 Palmer, Alaska

The cost of the workshop is $499. This two day, 14 hour course includes breakfast and lunch both days, materials, and an hour of one-on-one support after the course. (Non-profits receive a 10% discount.)
Go here to register.


2015 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park

Application deadline: January 31, 2015


The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. The program seeks professional artists whose work is related to the park's interpretative themes and supports the mission of the National Park Service.

The program provides an artist with uninterrupted time to pursue their work and the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs.   Park housing is provided for a four-week session during the summer or fall season. 

The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency.  The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at For more information contact the artist-in-residence coordinator Jessica Kusky, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Glacier National Park, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936 1-406-888-7851, 


Employment and Internships 

Alaska Junior Theater

Education Associate

Alaska Junior Theater is a presenter of professional theater, music and dance for young audiences. Each season, AJT presents five different shows in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, each for a week that typically includes 10 bussed-in school performances and one public performance. AJT reaches more than 45,000 students and family members each year. For more information, visit AJT's website at 

The Education Associate is responsible for conducting outreach to teachers in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, scheduling teachers and transportation for the shows, processing season subscriptions, managing cash and credit card payments, and maintaining databases. Other general duties include providing clerical support, assisting with donor support and overseeing office management.


Huna Heritage Foundation

Executive Director, Full-time

Status: Exempt, salary

Location: Hoonah or Juneau, AK


To apply: Qualified applicants may send their cover letter and resume to: The first round of cover letters and resumes

will be reviewed on November 14, 2014; however, the position will remain open until the

position is filled. For a complete job description, click here.


To learn more about Huna Heritage Foundation please visit our website:

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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. Incumbent is responsible for daily site inspections and performing routine and specialized cleaning services. Routine services to be performed include floor maintenance, detail cleaning, specialized exhibit cleaning, collecting recycling and coordination of contracted cleaning services.

Public Relations and Digital Engagement Manager

This position provides a broad range of creative services and strategic leadership to the management of the museum brand's creative expression, supports audience engagement strategies through effective message-driven, multi-channel content development, and demonstrates keen insight into the interrelationship between museum's mission, vision and program and the global community and develops imaginative and innovative approaches to reach and engage audiences.

Chief Financial Officer

This position has the primary responsibility to establish and direct the day-to-day financial operations, and related programs and services of the organization, as well as the operational activities associated with museum expansion. This position also assists the Museum Director/CEO in the development and implementation of the organization's mission, vision, strategic plans and goals.


For complete job descriptions and application, go to
Announcements and Articles of Interest

As part of the art group Light Brigade's commitment to Anchorage's future as a great Winter City they are opening their next large scale urban art intervention on Winter Solstice (Dec. 20). This official Anchorage Centennial Celebration project is a very large-scale sound and light sculpture called Follow The Light. The piece, which may be the largest sculptural installation of its kind ever mounted in Alaska, will be installed downtown in Elderberry Park for three weeks. The installation will interact with visitors to the park and will be powered by electricity made on-site by the Light Brigade and you, the visitors, using solar and human-powered generating apparatus. The Light Brigade has launched a two-week crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary money to finalize the fabrication and installation of the project. You can help out by going to their Indiegogo project page and join the effort to make this exciting project happen. Join and donate to the campaign here!

Call for 2015 Homer Arts Awards

Presented annually by Homer Council on the Arts, these awards recognize individuals and businesses for extraordinary contributions to and achievements in the arts in our community. 


Categories are as follows:

  • Arts Leadership/Advocacy
  • Arts Education
  • Youth Artist of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Arts Lifetime Achievement
  • Arts Business Patron
  • Volunteer of the Year (selected by HCOA Board of Directors)

The nomination form can be found here. Nomination delivery options are: 

  • Mail or deliver your completed form to 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK 99603. 
  • Print the online form, fill it in, scan and e-mail it to  
  • Send us an e-mail with the names of your nominees, the category for each, and a brief statement about why each one should be honored.

The Arts Awards will be presented on January 21, 2015, during HCOA's annual meeting. Please join us then to honor the recipients! To see a list of recent recipients, click here

Contact Us

ASCA Staff
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  

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

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604
Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

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:  


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