January 2015 ASCA News 


2015 Governor's Awards Event Package - VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony

Enjoy a special opportunity to meet this year's awardees at the VIP Reception at the  

KTOO studios @360, then move to the Governor's Awards ceremony across the street at the  

Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Ticket price includes admission to the VIP reception (with hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar) and admission to the opening reception and awards ceremony.


VIP Reception 5:30 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015, KTOO @360

Opening Reception 6:30 pm | Awards Ceremony 7:30 pm, JACC Juneau, AK

To purchase VIP tickets, click here



2015 Governor's Awards Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Governor's Awards Ceremony returns to Juneau, Alaska's Capital City.

Ticket includes admission to the public reception (6:30 - 7:30 pm), with a no-host bar and  

light refreshments, followed by the presentation of the annual Governor's Awards and special performances by Alaskan artists (7:30 - 9:30 pm).


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Opening Reception 6:30 pm | Awards Ceremony 7:30 pm, JACC Juneau, AK

To purchase Awards Ceremony and General Reception tickets, click here.  


In This Issue
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Contact Us
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
Looking for Work in the Arts?
Look no further--these sites include listings of available positions and calls for artists in all areas - museums, performing arts and galleries.
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If you have an article, short notice, call for art or request for proposal that you would like us to consider including in our next newsletter, contact Keren Lowell  at keren.lowell@alaska.gov.
Congratulations to this year's awardees! The following individuals and organizations will be honored and celebrated at the 2015 Governor's Awards Ceremony, held in Juneau, January 29, 2015.

 Governor's Awards for the Arts


 * Arts Education Award: Leslie Matz, Fine Arts Department Chair, Dimond High School, Anchorage



Individual Artist: Margo Klass, Visual Artist, Fairbanks   


* Arts Organization: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka


* Alaska Native Arts: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau


Governor's Awards for the Humanities


* Dr. Talis Colberg, Campus Director, University of Alaska  

Mat-Su College, Palmer


* Annette Evans Smith, President and CEO, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage


* Dr. Aldona Jonaitis, Director, University of Alaska  

Museum of the North, Fairbanks


* Allison Warden, Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder/Artistic Director at Uyalunaq, Anchorage


Alaska State Writer Laureate


* Frank Soos, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska, Fairbanks



Joan Mitchell Foundation announces   

2015 Grant Program Recipients


Congratulations to Ketchikan artist Donnie Varnell for being selected to receive a Joan Mitchell Foundation artist award! The Painters and Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality through unrestricted career support. The first year of grants was awarded in 1994 and the Foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.


The Foundation currently awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous process, a jury panel then selects the twenty-five awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists. 


For a complete list of awardees, visit the Joan Mitchell Foundation website.


Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards

Applications are Open!

Applications for Rasmuson Foundation's annual Individual Artist Awards grants program will be accepted starting January 1, 2015. These grant awards go directly to artists to support activities that advance creative development.

Individual Artist Awards provide support for Alaska artists in ten artistic disciplines, at all stages of their careers and creative development.

Awards are made in three categories - project awards, artist fellowship awards and the Distinguished Artist award. Project awards ($7,500) are for artists with short-term project needs. Fellowships ($18,000) are awarded to mid-career and mature artists to advance their careers. The Distinguished Artist award ($40,000) recognizes creative excellence and superior accomplishments. Artists may apply for only one type of award. Anyone may nominate a candidate for the Distinguished Artist Award.

Project awards may be in any of 10 artistic disciplines: choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, performance art, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts.

Fellowship awards rotate. For 2015, fellowships will only be awarded in choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, and performance art. 

Applications may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website by 11:59 p.m., March 1. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2015. Applications delivered to the office must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Eligible applicants are Alaska residents of two or more years who have not won an Individual Artist Award in the past three years and are 18 years or older.

Applicants may also call (907) 297-2700 or (877) 366-2700 (toll free in Alaska) for additional information or to request an application. For the complete announcement, click here.


ASCA Notices
Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants are available for arts education projects in the 2014-15 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 | 4th Quarter Deadline - March 1, 2015 | Community Arts Development, Workshop, Career Opportunity, and Master Artist and Apprentice Grants, Walker Grants Closed for FY15


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


Fairbanks Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition | January 27th, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Noel Wien Library Auditorium


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


Anchorage Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition | February 6, 2015, 5 pm | Wilda Marston Theatre at the Z. J. Loussac Library in Anchorage 


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 http://bit.ly/ASCA_culturalheritage_survey. Also, if you are interested in keeping up-to-date on the program's development, please visit and like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AKyouthculture.  


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


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 http://amvoices.org/ama/apply.  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 americanvoices.org/ama.


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.   


Pratt Museum Accepting Proposals for 2016 Exhibits

Deadline: January 15, 2015


Please download the proposal form and instructions, and submit materials by January 15, 2015. In February, the Exhibits Committee will meet, review proposals, and make recommendations. For additional information, visit the Pratt website.


Call for Public Art Proposal 

The Kwigillingok Art Project Committee, in conjunction with the Lower Kuskokwim School District, is requesting concept proposals for artwork to be commissioned for Kwigillingok K-12 School.

Deadline for Entries: January 30, 2015, at 3:00 pm (Received Date). Art Budget: $126,910


Proposal Documents may be obtained from Dennis Cobos at (907) 543-4919 or at dennis_cobos@lksd.org.


Proposals must be mailed to: Dennis Cobos, Grant Manager, Capital Projects Division, Lower Kuskokwim School District, P.O. Box 305, Bethel, Alaska 99559-0305


Disadvantaged Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond.


Call for Qualifications

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, is requesting qualifications from artists for interior wall hung artwork to be commissioned for the recently renovated Geological Materials Center Building in Anchorage, Alaska.


Alaska Artists Only. Deadline for Entries: February 6, 2015.  Art Budget: $47,000 USD.


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



Call For Art of Pets & Animals | Art with a Heart for Animals

Chugach Arts Council invites artists and arts groups to join in the Art with a Heart art events to benefit animal welfare organizations though February 2015. 


Contact the Chugach Arts Council for more information about this project.


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 Arts (NEA) Grant Applications for 2015  

Deadlines: February 19, April 26 and July 23, 2015


Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA's website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any non-profit 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community with at least a three year programming history is eligible to apply for project-based support through these two programs. Together, Art Works and Challenge America constitute approximately 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking (exclusive of state and regional partnership agreements).


Category Descriptions


Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015 depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.


Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million. The deadline for Challenge America is April 16, 2015. 


Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.

"Imagine Your Parks" is a new grant initiative created in partnership by the NEA and the National Park Service to celebrate the intersections between the two agencies in honor of the NEA's 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. "Imagine Your Parks" will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.


"Imagine Your Parks" will support art projects that encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art around the National Park System. The National Park System includes not only National Parks, but also national historic sites, trails, rivers, seashores, landmarks and national monuments, heritage areas, preserves, battlefields, recreation areas, and more.

"Imagine Your Parks" is funded through the NEA Art Works grant category. New Art Works grant guidelines will be available at arts.gov before the holidays. Projects in all art disciplines are eligible for consideration for the "Imagine Your Parks" funding. Prospective grantees can join a January 21 webinar to learn about Art Works applications and guidelines, including the "Imagine Your Parks" opportunity.


Big Read Program at the NEA Accepting Applications 

Deadline: January 28, 2015.  


The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is managed by Arts Midwest. The Big Read provides grants and resources to organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, panel discussions, lectures, art exhibits, film series, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Selected participants receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $2,500-$20,000. These grants are federal funds from the NEA. Click here for more information.    


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.       


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 robyn@midatlanticarts.org

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.

Ovation Announces New Mini Grants Program
Deadline: Rolling while available.

Calling all regional and national arts service organizations-are you hosting an event in 2015 that will attract 500 people or more and interested in adding a unique element to the programming mix? Learn more about Ovation's new mini grants program, designed to support screenings of hit original series such as Young Marvels, The Fashion Fund, The Art of, Song by Song, and Big Ballet, among others, at gatherings like yours. Through this program, Ovation will provide grants of $2,500 per event to help offset the costs of a screening. For more details about the application process for a mini grant, send an e-mail to Jania Palacios at jpalacios@ovationtv.com or call 520.404.7643.

Education and Youth  

Alaska Arts Education Association Opens Champions of Arts Education Nominations

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Champions of Arts in Education Award was created as a way to formally recognize and honor individuals or organizations from around the State of Alaska who "champion" the arts in education.


AAEC believes these Champions carry the torch for arts education through high-caliber instruction, arts support, and ongoing arts promotion. This award is a celebratory action, aimed at highlighting the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these champions in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum reflects the mission of AAEC, which is "to promote learning in and through the arts for all Alaska students.

Visit the website for more information at http://akartsed.org/. Please use this Google form and take a moment to recognize a dedicated arts educator!

Alaska Arts Education Consortium opens registration for 2015 Summer Institutes
This summer AAEC will host three Summer Arts Institutes: Sitka Northwest Coast Cultural Institute, Bethel Cultural Arts Institute and Juneau Basic Arts Institute. Dates vary, and more information and registration can be found on the website at http://akartsed.org/2015-arts-institutes-registration/.   

Webinar Introduces Humanities Resources in Federal Government

A live training webinar, "Engaging Humanities Students with Government Information," will be presented on February 18 at 10 a.m. Alaska time. The one-hour event features Ammie E. Harrison, the Humanities and Theater Librarian at Texas Christian University.


The federal government publishes content in a variety of subjects, including the humanities. This webinar will introduce valuable federal depository resources in unexpected subject areas and provide advice on how to introduce this content to humanities students.


The webinar is free, but registration is required. Upon registering, a confirmation email will be sent to you. This registration confirmation email includes the instructions for joining the webinar. See "Engaging Humanities Students with Government Information"


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  http://bit.ly/1ydqFc0 .

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: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/ 


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 an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.

A prize of $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

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.

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center hosting American Association for State and Local History's Collections Management and Practices Workshop
May 14-15, 2015 | Haines Alaska

To sign up for the workshop, or to learn more visit:



The Portrait in Color | a five day intensive workshop

taught by Lea Colie Wight from Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art


June 15-19, 9 am - 4 pm

Tuition $599

Haines ANB/ANS Hall, 111 First Avenue South, Haines AK 99827  


For details and online registration, visit StudioIncamminati.org or call 1-215-592-7910. For the complete workshop description, visit Donna Catotti's website.



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
www.callforentry.org. 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, jessica_kusky@nps.gov 


Creative Access Awards: Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury

Application deadline: January 15, 2015.   


The Alliance of Artists Communities is thrilled to announce applications are now open for the 2015 Creative Access residency awards. Supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the program provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with the invaluable opportunity of a month-long, funded studio residency.


The Foundation will support 12 residencies at three host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Awardees will be offered a one-month residency at one of the three host sites, including room and board, a $500 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.

The program is open to all visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury in the United States and Canada.

Application guidelines can be found at: www.artistcommunities.org/creativeaccess For inquiries, contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at grants@artistcommunities.org or 401-351-4320.

Employment and Internships 

Museums Alaska

Executive Director, Contract


Museums Alaska seeks an independent contractor to take on the job of Executive Director. Click here to see complete job description.  To apply, send resume, cover letter, and the contact information of three references to HR@museumsalaska.org. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.  

City of Nome

Museum Director, Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum Director


Under administrative direction of the City Manager, responsible for management of municipal Museum. Collects, preserves and protects the history of Nome. Performs professional curatorial duties for the Museum's collection of photographs, artifacts, historical documents and related media including video and computer documentation. Serves as resource person for verification of the history of Nome and the region. Administers operation of the Museum, including staff supervision; planning and implementation of programs and exhibitions; budget preparation, and fiscal control; evaluating plans and policies for the Museum.  Applications and Job Descriptions may be obtained from City Hall 443-6663, Nome Job Service or call Dana Handeland at 443-6621 for more information. Click here for a complete job description.  


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:

HHF.executivesearch@forakergroup.org. 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


Camp Director

Under the general direction of the Director of Education & Interpretation the Camp Director position is responsible for the integration of innovative pathways to further the mission of camp experiences through the development and management of program, human resources, and financial, marketing, and strategic operations inside and outside the museum. This year-round position works closely with the Department of Education and Interpretation team to ensure programs and public engagement is aligned and supports the Anchorage Museum's mission.

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.


Visitor Engagement Specialist (Part-time)

Under the general supervision of the Visitor Engagement and Programs Manager, this position serves as the Manager on Duty for the admissions desk on appointed days and is responsible for accurate cash accounting, reporting and bank deposits. This position performs cashier duties and provides an engaging museum experience for visitors. This position works Thursday through Sunday.


Spark!Lab Facilitator

This position in the Smithsonian Spark!Lab. is under the general supervision of the Museum Experience and Volunteer Manager and the Education Department. This position will help manage the Smithsonian Spark!Lab and facilitate hands on activities centered on invention and innovation with a varied audience. This position works up to 25 hours per week, including evenings, weekends and some holidays.

For complete job descriptions and application, go to
Announcements and Articles of Interest
New Americans for the Arts Resource: National Cultural District Exchange

  Americans for the Arts has launched the National Cultural District Exchange. This new web-based resource, produced in part with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, includes a host of tools and resources specific to cultural districts and the role they play in helping to strengthen local economies, create an enhanced sense of place, and deepen local cultural capacity. Visit the Exchange to download a series of in-depth essays about financing mechanisms, marketing strategies, and other core topics specific to managing cultural districts, along with detailed how to's and sample organizing documents. Locate cultural districts around the country using the Exchange's interactive map and read profiles about statewide and city-specific districts. Stay tuned for more content to be added to the Exchange in 2015.

Name a Crater on Mercury!

To honor the astounding achievements of the MESSENGER mission, there will be an international competition to name a crater on Mercury!


The MESSENGER Team is seeking help from all Earthlings to suggest names for five impact craters on Mercury. This is a chance to immortalize an important person in the Arts and Humanities from any nation or cultural group by having a crater on the planet Mercury named in their honor! We will accept submissions beginning midnight December 15, 2014 until January 15, 2015 (23:59 UTC, 6:59 PM US Eastern Time).  All entries will be reviewed by Team representatives and expert panels. Then, 15 finalist names will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for selection of the 5 winners. Winning submissions will be announced by the IAU to coincide with MESSENGER's End of Mission Operations in late March/April 2015. Full details are available on the MESSENGER web site http://namecraters.carnegiescience.edu/.


To learn more about naming conventions for solar system objects, visit the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

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)
Mary Wegner (Sitka)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

For additional information, please visit our web site:  http://education.alaska.gov/aksca/  


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