2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities
from left: Roger Schmidt for Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Annette Evans Smith, Les Matz,
Dr. Rosita Worl for Sealaska Heritage Institute,  Aldona Jonaitis, Dr. Talis Colberg, Aaron Leggett, Margo Klass,
Gov. Bill Walker, Donna Walker, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Frank Soos and Allison Warden
photo by Seanna O'Sullivan Photography

February 2015 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Shannon

Late last month, hundreds of Alaskans gathered at the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities to celebrate the tremendously talented and committed arts and humanities leaders who were honored with this prestigious award. Continuing in the tradition began last year, the ceremony also spotlighted Alaskan artists: from MK McNaughton's community-based Giant Puppet Project, which led a procession of attendees to the event, to the live narration of Cook Inlet Tribal Council's innovative "Never Alone" video game, which uses a video game platform to teach and share the rich Inpuiaq language and culture, the awards highlighted the wealth of artistic riches we enjoy in Alaska. We were honored that the Governor and First Lady attended the ceremony, which was by all account a great success! If you weren't able to attend the event in person or watch it live on public television, you can check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UoK34Ymsrw. We want to congratulate the award recipients and thank all of the artists and sponsors that made the evening possible!


In other news, ASCA is working in partnership with the CIRI Foundation to develop an updated professional development workbook for Alaskan artists, with a specific focus on Alaska Native and rural artists. As part of our service to artists, ASCA staff regularly travels throughout the state providing professional development seminars-this new workbook is a resource that will be available for arts organizations and artists throughout the state, as well as for artists that participate in the ASCA workshops. In order to create a workbook that is relevant and useful for artists throughout Alaska, I am asking you to take a quick survey to provide us with your feedback on the needs and resources that are most valuable to artists. Also included in the survey are questions about how ASCA can best serve artists in their professional careers, as part of our strategic planning process. Survey respondents will be entered into a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Please take a moment to complete the survey at: http://surveymonkey.com/s/77kytxt. And be sure to share this link with your networks! The deadline for responses is Monday, March 2nd.

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!

Impact of the Arts

At the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities in Juneau last week, Alaskans had an opportunity to learn about the leadership of the awardees, as well as see work from artists and humanitarians in action. One of those artists was Anchorage-based dance multi-disciplinary company, Momentum Dance Collective, who presented a piece from a larger work they've been developing since last summer. This seemed like a great opportunity to introduce a new, recurring feature that discusses the impact of ASCA's grant investments on the arts in Alaskan communities.   


With support from an ASCA Community Arts Development grant, Momentum is introducing a new approach that will engage the community of Anchorage to develop a snapshot of the city in its Centennial year. "People were thinking about the history (of Anchorage) and we wanted to look at where we stand now. What are our accomplishments, and what are the challenges?" said Momentum's Artistic Director, Becky Kendall. The company is also interested in the future of what started as a small town."And as we become an urban  

environment, do we still have that feeling and those values, or are we losing that just because of our  


Momentum Dance Collective in performance at the Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities. Photo by Seanna O'Sullivan
In a nutshell, the year-long project, titled Impact, "is a 10-month project that consists of two components. The first is a research phase involving interviews, community volunteer efforts by our company, and collaborative opportunities with artists and civic leaders. The second phase is a performance art production set on a moveable stage. These performances will engage audiences in at least four different locations around Anchorage in an evening length show where we will present our research findings through movement, images, statistics, and documentation. With the help of photographers, filmmakers, and community organizations, we will plumb the depths and edges of our city, investigating stories that might otherwise go untold," according to their website.

Momentum has a history of collaborative development in their work. "A lot of our work is community driven, because we are all from the community, and our work is collaborative. A lot of our themes come from our lives." What's different this time? The company is reaching further out to include content and ideas from citizens of Anchorage beyond the company. As company members volunteer and discuss the project with people from, for example, service organizations and Community Councils, a few highlights are standing out. "Across neighborhoods, ethnicities and age groups one of the common themes is that people want to be heard....Also, with all the work being done to help people who need it--there still seems to be a few people and groups doing a lot of things. What would it look like if there were more people doing a few things to make an even greater impact? What if social engagement became as big a part of our lives as outdoor activities or any other part of our daily life in Anchorage?"

There are many "a-ha" moments that come with this way of crowd-sourcing content for a performance work: "The research and discussion is changing our view as people, so it's naturally changing the content, we're changing ourselves. There's a bit more responsibility to represent these voices accurately, or, most importantly, respectfully," Kendall said. "Portraying the voice of an entire city is obviously complex, and we can't address everything. We can only represent a feel of what we see. Developing the content has been a struggle, because you have to pick and choose. Hopefully the audience can fill in those gaps as they bring their experiences." Momentum will be including interactive elements for audiences at the neighborhood-based performances in the spring, hoping the contributions of those audiences will extend the discussion even further into documentation or exhibition of the project through other mediums and venues.


Here at the Alaska State Council on the Arts, we are seeing a growing emphasis in the arts and culture sector on the ways in which citizens are exploring how their expressive lives impact discussion and action related core issues for our state: in education, in relation to social challenges in our communities, in community and economic development. We'd love to hear about and share this kind of work. To let us know what's going on in your community, send an email to keren.lowell@alaska.gov.


To learn more about the Impact project, check out Momentum's website at http://www.momentumdance.org/impact . The company is also creating space for other performers to present work during the first act of their neighborhood-based performances in the spring. To get involved with the Impact project, you can propose a performance piece, or other partnership through the website at http://www.momentumdance.org/get-involved/. You can also contact the Community Outreach Director, Leticia Wade at leticia@momentumdance.org, or contact Becky Kendall at becky@momentumdance.org for more information.


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 closed for FY15. The new cycle will begin July 1, 2015. For more information contact Laura Forbes


Arts Educator Fellowships | Deadline March, 15th, 2015 | for information and application click here. For more information contact Laura Forbes


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.


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

Arctic Art Contest! Deadline FAST approaching - enter now!

Deadline: February 23, 2015


Alaskan artists age 18-25 are invited to participate in the Alaska preliminary round of the 2015 Arctic Council Youth Art Contest.


The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Federation of Natives are working together to facilitate a statewide contest to choose three (3) artworks for entry in the international competition. Deadline for submission is February 23.


The contest's theme is "Development for the People of the North," in celebration of Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015). Winners of the final contest will be announced April 24 at the Arctic Council's  Ministerial showcase event taking place in Ottawa, Canada. There are prizes for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, and they will be exhibited in Canada.


Canada's areas of focus during their chairmanship have been: responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.


Artwork specifications:

  • Two-dimensional original artwork only
  • Any medium except photography
  • On material that can be framed (e.g. paper or canvas)
  • Maximum dimensions of 24" x 24"
  • Maximum weight 4.4 pounds

To enter the Alaska state contest, please visit the Alaska Humanities Forum website: http://www.akhf.org/

One entry per person and application must be complete. Questions? Please contact Nancy Hemsath with the Alaska Humanities Forum at (907) 272-5374.


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, 2015 


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. 


Main Street Gallery Call for Artists and Curators | Ketchikan, AK
Deadline: March 2, 2015


The Main Street Gallery hosts 10 exhibits each year and displays a wide variety of mediums in Solo, Group, Invitational and Open Call shows from local and national artists, as well as traveling exhibits.


The Main Street Gallery is a non-profit, year-round visual art exhibit space committed to:

  • Providing exhibit opportunities for both emerging and established artists;
  • Exposing the Ketchikan area community to a broad variety of visual art forms;
  • Encouraging local participation and appreciation of the arts;
  • Nurturing community artist development; and
  • Providing an encouraging environment for innovative art forms.

See website for more details.  http://ketchikanarts.org/main-street-gallery/gallery-programs-events


Call for Submissions | 8X10 Festival

Deadline: March 15, 2015


Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 15th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays. Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 24 & 25, 2015, at FDA's Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks.


Guidelines for entering scripts:

  • Alaskan residents only.
  • One entry per playwright. One author per play. No musicals or children's plays.
  • Submit 5 (five) copies of each script. Staple or paper clip the play. Do not use binders or folders of any kind. Plays cannot be returned.
  • Put playwright's name and contact info, including phone and e-mail, on the cover (title) page. This is the only place the author's name should appear.
  • "Cast of Characters" page with brief character descriptions and time & place should follow cover page. Number pages beginning with the first page of dialogue.
  • Plays should be between 8 & 12 minutes, based on one minute of playing time per page of script, 12 pt. font size, and be written in standard playwriting format.
  • Cast size should be no more than eight actors.
  • No electronic submissions or Express mail.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2015 or hand-delivered by March 15 to:

            8X10 Festival

            Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre

            1852 Second Avenue

            Fairbanks, Alaska 99701


For more information, contact: Peggy MacDonald Ferguson, Executive Director, Fairbanks Drama Association 

Phone 907-456-PLAY or email pegferguson@gci.net


By submitting an entry, you are affirming that you are the sole creator of the play, and entitled to confer performance rights. You further affirm that, if your play is chosen, you will grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre for two performances during the 8x10 Festival on April 24 & 25, 2015. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.


Call for Submissions | Whitefish Review  Mythic Beasts and Monsters

Deadline: March 15, 2015


Submissions for Whitefish Review's summer 2015 issue are accepted in art, photography, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Editors want you to dig into supernatural history. Nessie, Sasquatch, and cousin Yeti-the Brontosaurus still rumbling somewhere deep in the Congo's swamps. Fairies, Trolls, Dragons, Gods 'n' Demons. Montana's own Flathead Lake Monster. What natural models are these beasts based on? What human hopes and fears? Why do we seem to wish that those creatures are really out there? Dig deep. What monsters lurk inside us?


All submissions to Whitefish Review are accepted via an online submission manager at www.WhitefishReview.org. For full guidelines, visit the web site.


Call for Art | Wasilla Public Library

Deadline: March 16, 2015


The City of Wasilla is soliciting Requests for Qualifications from artists for art in the new Wasilla Public Library. Contact Charlotte Fox at cafox@gci.net with questions. More information and the complete RFQ is available at 



Call for Art | In the Spirit

Deadline: March 20, 2015


Help celebrate In the Spirit's 10th year and submit your own artwork. Click here for the application or go online to InTheSpiritArts.org.


To accompany the arts exhibition, the Museum will host an In the Spirit festival on August 8 which will include performances by Native artists and feature booth space for vendors.  In addition to the annual festival, even more programs and events throughout the run of the exhibition will commemorate and celebrate ten years of incredible artwork displayed here at the museum


If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact Molly Wilmoth, Community Outreach Specialist at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5926.

Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402


Call for Submissions | Cahaba River Literary Journal April 2015

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2015.


Call for submissions from new and seasoned writers: stories, poems, essays, and color and black and white photography on all subjects, in any form. Length of stories: no more than 2500 words; poetry no more than 25 lines (only submit 3 poems at one time); BW photos (no more than 5 photos with a short story (no more than 150 words to accompany it as a caption). Pays in copies. Email Submissions Only. 


For more information about submission guidelines and fees, go to the website Cahaba River Literary Journal. Mail submissions to Cahaba River Literary Journal,  2413 Bethel Rd., Logansport, LA 71049

Phone 318-564-6031 or email cahabariverliteraryjournal@gmail.com


Call for Submissions | Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal May 2015 

Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages


Fiction: Short Stories for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)

Essays for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)

Poetry for children, all ages (Up to 20 lines)

We accept stories by children (Parents Signature Form upon request)

Artwork by students: 8 " x 11" original pictures by students

Photos (no more than 6 per submission)


Manuscript Format: MSWord document, double-spaced as an attachment, with a cover letter in the body of the email. Please include name, contact info and brief bio with all submissions. Pay is in copies.


Send submissions to Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal, 2413 Bethel Rd., Logansport LA 71049 Email: soapstonecreekjournal@gmail.com


Call for Art | Mural Arts Exchange

Deadline: March 31, 2015, 11 pm, EST


Meridian International Center, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Community Engagement through the Arts Exchange Program for American mural artists. Four American artists will be selected to travel to 4 different countries for 3.5-week programs in 2015 and 2016. Projects should be designed to advance U.S. foreign policy goals in that country by addressing a local community issue, as youth or women's empowerment, gender-based violence, social inclusion, regional stability, and the environment.

Meridian is currently accepting applications for projects in Brazil, Cuba, India, and Turkey. Apply online through CaFE or download a full printable application here


Call for Art | Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6 x 6

Artwork Entries Due: April 19 (Postmarked April 18)   

Global Online Preview Begins: May 22 at 10am
In-Gallery Preview (no purchasing): June 1-5, 1-9pm
Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 6, 4-10pm ($10)
Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 9 at 10am
Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 12-15, 12-8pm


Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted and exhibited in the gallery and online. All artworks will also be offered for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display through July 12, 2015. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 3. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Thank you for your participation!


Mail or deliver your artwork before April 18, 2015 to:

Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 USA


Call for entries | The Printmaker's Hand III

Deadline: May 5, 2015

Exhibition Dates:  September 4-27, 2015


The Printmaker's Hand III is a juried show of fine prints sponsored by Corvidae Press and will be held at Northwind Arts Center located at 701 Water St., Port Townsend, WA.

Only hand-pulled prints will be accepted.  Works may combine traditional printmaking techniques with digital or other media.  Entries must be original, entirely the work of the entrant, executed within the last 3 years without the supervision of an instructor.  Entries must not be copies, derivatives or based on other copyrighted or published prints.  No giclee prints will be accepted. Prints must not exceed 36" wide including frame, must be sturdily framed, wired and ready to hand. Artist must be a resident of WA, OR, ID, MT, AK or CA. A nonrefundable entry fee of $45 is required for a maximum of three entries.


Best of Show  $400
2nd Place  $250
3rd Place   $200
Honorable Mention (2)  $100 Each
Juror's Award  $100          

For the entire prospectus, click here. Contact The Printmaker's Hand III committee members Ann Treacy ptaddress@gmail.com or Debra Brochin dbrochin@msn.com with questions.

Grants and Funding

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Scholarships

Deadline: February 26, 2015


Americans for the Arts is offering 46 scholarships; six full ride scholarships, twenty general convention scholarships, fifteen preconference scholarships, and new this year five practicing artist scholarships to members of Americans for the Arts. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 26, 2015. Applicants must be individual members of Americans for the Arts or receiving benefits through a member organization. Applicants can apply for multiple scholarships but will only be awarded one to selected recipients. Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. All applicants will be notified of their standing on Friday, March 20th.


You can learn more about this year's scholarship opportunities or apply by visiting http://convention.artsusa.org/scholarships. For questions about your eligibility or scholarships please contact membership@artsusa.org. For more information about the Annual Convention taking place June 12-14, 2015 in Chicago, click here


Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards
Deadline for online applications: March 1, 11:59 pm

Postmark deadline for mailed applications: March 1, 2015.

Deadline for hand-delivered applications: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, 5 pm

Rasmuson Foundation's annual Individual Artist Awards go directly to artists to support activities that advance

creative development and 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. 

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 can call (907) 297-2700 or (877) 366-2700 (toll free in Alaska) for additional information or to request an application. 

Mini-Grant Program for Public Libraries and Public Schools - Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Foundation

Deadline: March 31


Description: The Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Foundation awards minigrants for projects that foster creative expression and give students the opportunity to work together and interact with a diverse community. Proposed projects may provide special activities outside the curriculum or may support the standard curriculum. Examples of projects include murals, story walks, quilts, theater productions, newspapers, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring dissimilar communities together. Eligible applicants are public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs in the United States and its territories. Click here for more information. 


2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship

Deadline: April 6, 2015, 5 pm PST


The coveted NACF national award includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. 

To apply, artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria and complete an application at http://your.culturegrants.org.  

The foundation will announce award recipients in August 2015. For questions and technical support, contact Program Officer Andre Bouchardat andre@nativeartsandcultures.org or (360) 314-2421.


Education and Youth  

Alaska Arts Education Consortium Summer Arts Institutes
Registration now open

The AAEC will hold three institutes this summer, including a Basic Art Institute in Juneau, a Cultural Arts Institute in Bethel and a Northwest Coast Cultural Arts Institute in Sitka. 500 level credit is available for each of these institutes for teachers.

For complete information and registration visit the AAEC website at http://akartsed.org/2015-arts-institutes-registration/.

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

California State Summer School for the Arts in Sacramento, CA

July 11 - August 7, 2015

Application deadline: February 28, 2015


A four-week summer program for talented and motivated high school students in California and beyond. Animation, music, film/video, theater, dance, creative writing, and visual art. Go here for an overview of programs.

Scholarships available. For complete information about CSSSA, click here.


Alaska's Justice for All Art Contest 

The 2015 "Justice for All" Art Contest is under way. This year, the categories are Grades K-4 and Grades 5-8. The prize money is $250, $150, and $100 for 1st through 3rd place in each category. For further information, and to view the works of past contest winners, interested teachers are encouraged to visit http://courts.alaska.gov/outreach.htm#art.


2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Deadline: April 13, 2015


This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6-12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.


Awards are given in three categories:

-Arts Integration: Awarding an initiative that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.

-Equity Through Arts: Awarding a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.

-Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizing a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.


An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.


Visit the website at https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/award.php for further details and full application instructions, including eligibility criteria. Email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.


Professional Development

Ketchikan Teaching Artist Academy

The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council is offering a Teaching Artist Academy via the OWL Network. Sessions will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 10am to 6pm at OWL sites in Ketchikan, Craig, Thorne Bay, Petersburg, Wrangell, Cordova, Metlakatla and Hollis. This workshop is meant to support the professional development of currently working teaching artists, and professional artists exploring the addition of teaching artist work to their art practices. There is a required minimum of two registrants per site. Participants may also seek UAS credit.


Artists in dance, media and Alaska Native arts, music, theatre, literature, writers, weavers and other visual artists are encouraged to register. The workshop features expert teachers, administrators, and consultants who will demonstrate:

  • Current brain-based teaching strategies and how they tap into brain functioning like no other discipline
  • How to prepare a lesson plan and integrate it with the school's curriculum and the Alaska Education Standards
  • How to engage and manage a classroom full of students during a two or three week residency

Additional pre and post work requires: guided observation in a school classroom, development of a residency project, teaching a component to a group of students and a post-workshop phone conference.


For complete information, and registration, visit the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council website at http://ketchikanarts.org/events-programs/arts-education. If you have any questions about the Teaching Artist Academy or the Artist in the Schools program, contact Christa Bruce, Education Director at christab@ketchikanarts.org or 907.225.2211.


VSA Webinar Series

"Brave New World, Questions and Answers for Non-Just-Yet-Professional Literary and Visual Artists"

Tue, Feb 10, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


This webinar offers tools for individuals who are interested in (or have already been) creating professional level works, but are "stuck" on what must actually happen once the work is finished and needs to find placement in the public market. With modern healthcare creating ever more solutions for individuals with disabilities or chronical illness, these individuals are experiencing better qualities of life. However, these advances have also created a new population where individuals are often too ill to work, but too educated or talented to allow those capabilities to go to waste. Our lead presenter is part of that population and actively seeks ways to help fellow artists make the most of their talents and therefore, their lives.


Intended Audience: Visual and literary artists of any age who have already created work that is suitable for public display or sale. Also, aspiring artists in the aforementioned realms who are perhaps seeking a more concrete way of developing their talents.


Level: Beginner/Intermediate



* Melissa Haas is the author and illustrator of The Sickapotamus.

* Christy Batta is a professional graphic artist who currently works at SW Creatives, LLC, a graphic design firm in Silver Spring, MD that focuses exclusively on nonprofit organizations.


Real-time captioning will be available at http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER during the Webinar presentation. Register for this FREE Webinar at: http://goo.gl/meGuEG


2015 Meg Hunt Residency Program

Application Deadline: March 5, 2015


Artists and writers of all genres and at all stages in their career are encouraged to apply for one of several two-week residencies. Selections will be made through a competitive admissions process. We encourage emerging and mid-level career voices as well as mature professionals. 


Selected artists will receive room and board for their entire stay in exchange for community outreach or the donation of artwork as a result of the residency. During the residency, the artist will be asked to share their experience with the public by demonstration, talk, or other means. 


2015 Dates:

June 3-16

June 24-July 7

July 22-August 4

August 19-September 1


Learn more on our website 

Apply here 

Please contact Kristin Link at kristin@wrangells.org or call 907-554-4446.


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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