May 2015 ASCA News 


Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion Maeva Ordaz, a senior at West Anchorage High School, recites during the semi-finals of the National Poetry Out Loud Competition at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on April 28, 2015. Photo by James Kegley


In This Issue
Poetry Out Loud National Finalist Maeva Ordaz
A Note from Shannon
New Pathways | Cohort 2
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

For the first time in its 10 year history, the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion has been won by an Alaskan! Maeva Ordaz, a senior at West Anchorage High School, beat out over 300,000 students across the country to win the 2015 competition.  
Ms. Ordaz participated in Poetry Out Loud for all four years of high school, and in in her junior year was the Alaska State Champion in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud competition. This year, she again won the Alaska State competition, which took place in Juneau this past March.


At the national competition in Washington DC on April 28th, Maeva underwent three distinct rounds of competition in a field of 53 competitors from across the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and made it to the finalist round of nine participants. On April 29th Maeva took the stage at The George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium and presented "The Nail" by C.K. Williams, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, and finished with "Zacuanpapalotls" by Brenda Cárdenas.



You can watch her recitation of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" at the national finals here


Please join me in congratulating Maeva for her extraordinary talent and commitment to poetry and the arts. As she departs Alaska to begin her life of academic study at Columbia University in New York, we are wishing her all the best and can't wait to see where her future takes her--the sky is the limit for this gifted young woman!

If you are interested in learning more about Poetry Out Loud, and to read the poems Maeva recited, go to:


From L to R: Robert Polito - President of the Poetry Foundation, Maeva Ordaz - 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion, Benjamin Brown - Chair of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Jane Chu - Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Photo by James Kegley.

Alaska New Pathways Gearing Up for Cohort 2!
The Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and EmcArts New Pathways are pleased to invite you to learn more about, an ongoing adaptive capacity-building program for Alaskan arts and cultural organizations.

EmcArts Rationale for New Pathways Program


Changes in today's operating environment for the arts demand new thinking. Most nonprofit arts and cultural organizations operate with constantly stretched resources and consequently struggle to implement truly new ideas. The organizations that are continuing to thrive are those that are increasing their emphasis on innovation, and making the most compelling case for their work by showing that they are creatively adaptive in their thinking and nimble in their response to change.  Most organizations can benefit from formal assistance and frameworks to support the design and testing of "innovative" and adaptive approaches.


To respond to these urgent needs, and reinforce the remarkable adaptive work underway in Alaska's arts community, New Pathways is bringing together teams from participating organizations for a new kind of professional development and training program around innovation and adaptive change, to share "next practices", and help guide and stimulate new thinking and action. 


Participants in the first Cohort of the New Pathways program have been learning from each other about effective responses to adaptive challenges they face since June 2014. Applications to be part of the second Cohort of this program will open on May 8th, 2015, and will be due on June 15th, 2015. If you would like to see last year's application please click here.

Informational Meeting

To learn more about the program and how to apply to be one of the participating organizations, we strongly encourage you to attend the informational meeting (details below).  At the meeting, EmcArts and Foraker Group staff, as well as two participants from New Pathways | Alaska Cohort 1, will give a more in-depth presentation of the design of New Pathways program and how your organization can expect to contribute to, and benefit from, this work.  They will also provide an overview of program elements, the program timeline, and application requirements.
Friday, May 8th, 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Foraker Group

161 Klevin St

Anchorage, AK 99508


Please click here to register for this event.


We are very excited to share the New Pathways program with you and hope that you'll join us on May 8th for the informational meeting.  Below, EmcArts have offered brief answers to some frequently asked questions about this program.
Alaskan arts and cultural organization leaders, staff, and board members participate in an in-person forum during the first cohort of New Pathways. Photo courtesy Foraker Group.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Where else has the program been implemented?

New Pathways | Alaska began with a first Cohort of participants in June 2014. New Pathways programs have also been successfully implemented in many cities across the United States over the last three years-including Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New Haven, New York City, Saint Louis and San Jose-and two cities in Canada-Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Recent participants report:

"It was completely engaging - informative, provocative, exciting. There was no opting out."

"We learned to question assumptions, think differently, be much more open-minded, and change behavior. The workshops and content excited us and came at such a perfect time of change within our organization; they sling-shotted us forward with enthusiasm and tremendous energy."

What type of organization is likely to benefit the most from this program?

Active participation in an adaptive change program requires a commitment of staff time, energy, and focus. Consistent attendance by a small team of three staff and board members at all workshops is required. Participating organizations should have sufficient stability as well as staff and board capacity to engage fully in all the required program elements.


Who from my organization should attend the information session?

We recommend that a member of your organization's executive leadership attend the information session. Board or other constituent leadership is welcome, and you may bring more than one representative.


Additional questions?

Please contact Heather Harris, Senior Consultant with any additional questions. Heather can be reached at or 907-743-1217.




Craig Public Library honored with National Medal 


The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on 4/21/2015. Amongst the honorees is the Craig Public Library in Craig, Alaska. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on May 18.


These ten honorees exemplify the nation's great libraries and museums and demonstrate outstanding impact and quality of programs, services, and partnerships, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. They were selected from thirty finalists that were among institutions from across the country that were nominated for the honor. Click here for the announcement on the IMLS website. Congratulations to the Craig Public Library!

Rasmuson Foundation selects Lower 48 Artists for Residencies in Alaska


Rasmuson Foundation recently announced the selection of four artists from the Lower 48 who will each spend eight weeks this fall at arts organizations in Alaska as part of the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program.


Lower 48 artists selected for the program are:


Amy Casey, a painter from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in residence at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. She was nominated by Zygote Press. She describes her work as "landscapes without land" and is interested in the work and organization behind the creation and evolution of cities. She plans to explore the ways nature has been gradually appearing in her work.


Kimi Eisele is a writer and performance artist from Tucson, Arizona, who will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka. She was nominated by Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She plans to accomplish significant progress on a short story collection, reflect on and write about two recent performance projects, and collaborate with Sitkans to explore stories of place, ecology, and community.


Samantha Hill, an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago, was nominated by McColl Center for Art + Innovation for a residency at the Anchorage Museum. She collects oral narratives of a community and develops them into multi-media installations and performance projects for community interaction. She plans to develop an installation project inspired by narratives from Alaska communities.


Cannupa Hanska Luger works mainly in ceramic mixed media and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will be in residence at the Native Art Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks and was nominated by Santa Fe Art Institute in cooperation with the Institute of American Indian Arts. He plans to produce new artworks for a solo exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Arts based on the concept of the thread and the bead while interacting with the Fairbanks and UAF community.


Through its grantmaking strategies, Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation believes that an artist's energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection.


Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 and brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska each year for 60-day residencies. The goals of the Artist Residency Program are to support the creative growth of Alaska's artists and arts organizations, expose Alaskans to new work and creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introduce Lower 48 communities to unique Alaska perspectives through extended engagements with artists.


ASCA Notices

Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are closed for FY15. The new cycle will begin July 1, 2015. Applicants for the FY16 cycle may submit as early as May, for activities beginning no earlier than July 2015.  


1st Quarterly Grant Deadline for FY16  | June 1 | For Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Workshop, Master Artist and Apprentice, and Walker Arts Grants


Round I Cultural Collaborations Project Grant Deadline | June 1 | Contact Laura Forbes for more information 


ASCA Annual Council Meeting | June 8-9, 2015, Anchorage   


2nd Quarterly Grant Deadline for FY16 | September 1 | For Community Arts Development, Career Opportunity, Workshop, Master Artist and Apprentice, and Walker Arts Grants


Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals

Open Auditions | Sweeny Todd

Perseverance Theatre invites actors to open auditions in Anchorage at Alaska Dance Theatre for the 2015-2016 season. Fifteen-minute audition slots are available from 6-9pm, Friday, May 8 and 11am-2pm, Saturday, May 9. Audition sides will be available. To be considered for Sweeney Todd, bring 16 bars of a mid-to up-tempo song (no ballads) to sing. Please also bring an artistic resume and a headshot or recent photo.

To sign-up for a 15-minute audition slot, contact Shona Strauser: or (907) 364-2421, ext. 232.

Pulse Dance Company to hold Company Auditions in Anchorage 

PDC will host auditions in search of versatile contemporary dancers. Potential company members must possess strong modern and ballet technique, as well as performance experience.


When: Friday, May 22, 5:30pm

What: Ballet & modern technique and choreography, improvisation

Where: Studio Pulse Center for Dance


Click here to learn more. 


Call for Proposals | Percent for Art - Petersburg School District

Stedman Elementary Exterior Renovation 

Exterior Artwork for the Stedman Elementary and Front Office/Reception Area

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Total Budget for the Project is $11,900.00


For complete prospectus, click here. Contact Erica Kludt-Painter, Superintendent,

907-772-4271; for more information.


Call for Art | Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action

Deadline: June 5, 2015


"Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action" will be held at the Nave Gallery, October 8-31, 2015 in Somerville, Massachusetts (close to Harvard Square, just outside of Boston)  in conjunction with the Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands. We are looking for artwork that combines the visual with music of your choice. Eligibility: International Call, open to all artists. Three entries, $30 per entry/$15 students. Click here for the full prospectus and to enter.   


Dave Bown Projects - 10th Semiannual Competition

Deadline: June 6, 2015


Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received. Jurors are Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator for Collections, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Anna Stothart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, San Antonio Museum of Art.


Prizes: $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD).



For more information, call 1-917-365-5265 or email  


Call for Art | Expressions Northwest

Deadline: June 12, 2015


The Port Townsend Arts Commission and Northwind Arts Center are seeking submissions for "Expressions Northwest", the seventeenth Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Competition, July 31 - August 30, 2015 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA.


Artists must be at least 16 years of age, a resident of either WA, OR, ID, MT, AK or British Columbia and may submit works in both two- and three- dimensional forms, including photography. Cash prizes and additional merchandise awards will be presented. A non-refundable entry fee of $45 is required for a maximum of three digital entries (no slides or prints) per artist. Entry images must be submitted online to


More information (including the prospectus)can be found at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., Port Townsenor online at or


Call for Art | Pictures at an Exhibition

Deadline: July 1, 2015


The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra requests submissions of visual art in any medium inspired by the musical work of Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as the artwork of Victor Hartmann which inspired Modest Mussorgsky.


KPO will be performing Mussorgsky's work August 7-8, 2015 and will present the artwork submitted in a multimedia presentation during the performance, as well as exhibit the art in the lobby of both performances (if the art is portable).

Submission forms may be found at  .Please contact KPO at for more information.


Call for Art | 440 Gallery Annual Summer Show - Off the Press  

August 13 - September 12, 2015  

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, July 7, 2015


440 Gallery is seeking entries for their annual summer show; this year's theme is prints. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, August 13, through Saturday, September 12, 2015.  Eligibility: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old. Eligible works include traditional prints. Digital prints and photography will not be accepted.


Entry Fee: $35 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here for submission form. For complete information and prospectus, go to

Call for Entries | Craft Forms 2015  

December 4- January 30, 2015

Deadline: September 10, 2015


21st International Juried Exhibition of contemporary fine craft, $8000 in awards. $45 entry fee.For online application, click here. Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087   



2016 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Theatre

Deadline: June 15, 2015


Vilcek Foundation is seeking applicants from young, foreign-born theatre professionals age 38 and under.  Eligible applicants include playwright, director, actor, designer, book writer, composer, lyricist, and choreographer.  Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2016.


Complete eligibility requirements and online application can be found on  For more information, contact Phuong Pham, Program Officer, The Vilcek Foundation, 167 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, 212.472.2500


National Design Competition for Commemorative Work in Washington, D.C.

Stage I deadline (registration and design concept): June 12, 2015


The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) announces an open, two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in Washington, D.C. The commemorative work will honor the American ideals expressed and embodied in Peace Corps service. The competition provides designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling, truly unique commemorative work of public art that is bold and inspirational.


The competition is open to artists, landscape architects and architects competing as individuals, teams or firms. Students currently enrolled in university-level programs are also eligible. To learn more about the commemorative work and the design competition, to pre-register (without obligation), or to sign up for updates, click on  


Soldotna Memorial Day | Alaska Emerging Artist Competition

Deadline: May 6, 2015 


This is a statewide competition, judged upon consistent bodies of work, and open to all Alaska 2D emerging artists, with cash prizes of $1,000, $300, and $150.   Display will occur on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Soldotna Creek Park as part of Soldotna's 2015 public arts festival.  There is no entry fee  and up to two bodies of work can be submitted by each artist. Open to all Alaska 2D emerging artists without any age or other limitation.   


For more information and to apply, click here


Grants and Funding
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Deadline for Autumn: May 10, 2015


The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.  Grants are considered for IRS-qualified non-profit organizations located within the United States, and typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.  

The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Click here for complete information.    


Grant in Aid from the Alaska State Museum

Deadline: June 1, 2015


The Alaska State Museum awards grants to Alaska museums and museum-related organizations, such as historical societies or support groups, for projects that improve the quality of museum services and operations within the state. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis once a year. 


For complete information about the Grant in Aid Program, including guidelines, applications, and past awardees, visit the Alaska State Museum website at  


Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities

National Park Service 

Deadline: June 15, 2015


Grant projects must support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks, as determined by the National Park Service and the applicant. Successful proposals will emphasize creative projects that promote the preservation of your jurisdiction's diverse cultural resources. The NPS encourages the development of public-private partnerships and robust community engagement leading to projects that will serve as models to communities nationwide for innovative survey and documentation strategies. The grant application review panel will give special consideration to projects that engage and employ youth, especially those projects with a service-learning component. Within one year of the completion of the grant, all projects must result in 1) the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark, or 2) the amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.  


Eligible applicants are State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Groups, Native Hawaiian Organizations as defined by 54 U.S.C. 300314, and Certified Local Governments (CLG). Eligible applicants may partner with nonprofits, other local government jurisdictions, and National Heritage Areas to ensure the broadest inclusion of all communities. Visit the link  for full information.  


Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Application Available for Museum Studies

Deadline: August 31, 2015


JUNEAU - The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum have announced the availability of the Ethel Montgomery Scholarship application.  Applicants for the $2,000 scholarship must be enrolled in an Alaskan federally-recognized tribe and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in museum studies.


The Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Fund was established in the 1990s to assist university-level Alaska Native students majoring in museum studies.  Ethel Montgomery was one of the first docents at the Alaska State Museum.  She was adopted into the Kaagwaantan Wolf Clan and became a very active member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. One of her dreams was to help young Alaska Natives become curators and directors of museums that celebrate their cultures. The combination of her love for museums and for the Native people, contributed to her establishment of this scholarship.


Applications may be obtained by emailing Jackie Schoppert, Chair, Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Committee at (907-321-5652) or Marjorie Menzi, (907-723-9156).  Applications must be completed and mailed by August 31, 2015.


Education and Youth  

Kennedy Center - Office of VSA and Accessibility issues the TiLT challenge for middle school, high school and pre-professional students
Deadline: May 15, 2015

This is your mission. The Kennedy Center asks you to bring honesty to the table. To shift perception through media, video, and creative storytelling. To showcase that people are people first-not simply defined by a disability. This is the TILT challenge.


We ask you to share your disability experience-in your own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters-through the art of digital media and storytelling. We seek authentic stories that will inform, enlighten and tilt this perception.


The TiLT Challenge invites middle school, high school, and pre-professional students, ages 13-22, from around the world to submit. Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length and are due May 15, 2015. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of July 20-26, 2015.


Visit to learn more! 

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

Students Invited to Submit Entries for Antarctic Art Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2015


The Antarctic Art Contest is seeking entries that explore and interpret Antarctic research and science. The free contest will accept entries from April 1 to July 31 through its website Winning artwork will travel from Alaska to Antarctica. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the National Science Foundation, and research sites in Antarctica will display the artwork. An online gallery will show winning and honorable mention artwork.


The contest explores how art and science rely on observation and interpretation of the world. The contest's subject is an ice core that engineers and scientists drilled from the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists are examining the ice core to make new observations and generate new ideas about the last 100,000 years of climate history.


Individuals or groups can take part in the contest. They may enter in one of three divisions - elementary school students, secondary school students or community. Artwork can be in a variety of formats, including visual, written and multimedia. The website contains a lesson plan that teachers can use with their students.


The Arts Education National Forum for 2015 Call for Concurrent Session Proposals

Deadline: May 29, 2015


The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is pleased to announce a call for concurrent session proposals for the 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success.


AEP Partners and leaders from around the nation are invited to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for the next America.


The AEP 2015 National Forum will focus on the role and contribution of the arts in addressing the priority areas as outlined in The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education.

Proposals given the strongest consideration will address one or more of these Priority Areas: 


*             Raise Student Achievement and Success

*             Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

*             Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

*             Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge


Please review the complete AEP 2015 National Forum Guidelines and Proposal Form for more details. AEP will accept proposals until Friday, May 29 at 5 pm EST.


National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Offering Online Dance Education Course through a new Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI)

NDEO is preparing the next generation of learners through a new Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI). NDEO's OPDI offers online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, history, assessments, research and much more. The OPDI will benefit the vast majority of dance educators, teaching artists and administrators who are working in private studios and schools of dance, community and cultural centers, higher education, and K-12 education seeking professional development. The courses are designed to appeal to those professionals who want to learn more, enhance domains of knowledge, learn new content areas, and strengthen their own teaching and learning skills.

A student may take as few or as many courses as they wish toward their own professional development goals.

  • Successful completion of OPDI courses result in the student earning NDEO-endorsed Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and for some, a Certificate in Dance Education (CiDE).
  • OPDI also supports the K-12 educator who needs CEUs issued from a higher education institution** to work toward 1) Earning an endorsement in dance beyond K-12certified area; 2) Attaining highly qualified teacher (HQT) status, 3) Retaining current certification and 4) Achieving a pay raise.
  • The OPDI courses are designed for professionals with three or more years of teaching experience in the field.              
  • Courses are taught by national experts and courses are rigorous.
  • OPDI is accessible and affordable, and provides 24/7 asynchronous learning opportunities for all students regardless of where they live.

Visit the NDEO website at for complete information and application.  


Registration for the 2015 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference open 

August 3-4, 2015 | Arlington, VA


Intersections provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more interested in improving the arts learning experience for students with disabilities.


Learn more and register on the website at  


Professional Development

2015 Application open for Foraker Group Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Deadline: June 1, 2015 


The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed for Alaska nonprofit professionals in leadership positions who want to enhance their management skills and explore a full range of issues and best practices to use in their organizations. The statewide cohort will meet in Anchorage for a total of 14 days beginning in September and ending in November.

The certificate program features case studies that focus on issues facing Alaska nonprofit organizations and is designed to apply course learning directly to your workplace.

By the time you earn your certificate, you will have explored everything from the fundamentals of the sector to strategic and business planning, board development, business and finance, marketing, human resources, organizational development, volunteer engagement and resource development. Whatever skill you need to achieve your goals as a nonprofit professional, you'll find in this program.

Click here for complete information and application.


2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention  

AFTA's Annual Convention will be held June 12-14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will take place at the Chicago Sheraton, with more than 40 breakouts, three keynotes, three preconferences, two Workshop Intensives, a dozen ARTventure Tours, and an opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art! Save big by taking advantage of our special Early-Bird registration rate, which ends Friday, April 3, 2015. Click here for more information and registration.  

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference 2015

June 12-16, 2015

Land's End Resort, Homer AK 

Sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus - Kenai Peninsula College UAA 


This nationally-recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Registration is open now.

For registration information, click here. For complete information about conference activities, schedule and speakers, click here

University of Oregon in Portland |Mobilizing Local Culture Summer Intensive

June 22-27 in Portland Oregon  


Artisanal. Sustainable. Progressive. Involved. Portland is a
community known for its focus on quality of life and its thriving creative economy. What forces
contribute to the Portland culture? What can other communities learn from Portland as they

nurture their own unique civic identities?

Join the UO in Portland for Mobilizing Local Culture, an immersive course with the Arts and
Administration Program and the School of Architecture & Allied Arts. Instructor Bill Flood will
lead the course, which runs 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., June 22-27. Engaging speakers and relevant site
visits will enrich the experience. The course is open to the public, enrolled UO students, and
students of other colleges and universities. Credit and noncredit options are available. Click here for more information.

Homer Council on the Arts

New Creative Community for Writers | Writers Refuge R & R*

2nd and 4th Monday,  6-8 p.m. through August 2014


Writers' critique group for all levels and genres. Open to residents and summer visitors. Bring something you have written and would like to share. No copies necessary.  


For more information, contact Carol Ford at 907.398.0756 or 


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artists-in-Residence Program Seeks Artists

Application Deadlines:

July 10th, 2015 for September - November 2015 residencies


The IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program seeks artists for 1-month residencies taking place on the Institute of American Indian Arts campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico between Sept. 2015-May 2016.


This residency program has the following geographic restrictions: the artist must be a Native American or First Nations artist from one of the following regions:

- Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska)

- Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota),

- Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California)


For this three-year cycle of residencies, IAIA will host a total of 28 artists. Six artists will be selected for the first cycle (Fall of 2015) including two residencies for artists who will be able to use the foundry and sculpture facilities.


Residencies benefits: $3000 stipend, housing, meal plan for one person, car rental (if needed) and $200 budget for gas during residency, studio space on campus, $500 materials budget, and airfare to and from IAIA.


Activities for the Artist-in-Residence include: opening and closing receptions, one public workshop/demonstration, two classroom workshop/demonstrations, one student critique session, and participation in residency program assessment.


Link to Online Application  

Need help with the online application? Contact Lara M. Evans at 505.424.2389 or 


Juneau Arts & Humanities Council (JAHC) is hiring an Arts Education Director and an Executive Assistant. Complete job descriptions and application, as well as information about the organization, can be found on the JAHC website at  Positions will be filled as soon as possible.


Wrangell Mountain Center is hiring for the following internship or work-trade opportunities

General Internship - Help out with all aspects of operations. Intern will be responsible for cooking for large groups of people; helping to maintain organic garden; assisting with manual labor including cleaning, composting, and water pumping; ensuring a warm and well-organized environment for staff and program participants; providing administrative support including program marketing; orienting participants, guests, and students to the systems and customs of the WMC.


Garden Internship - The Garden Intern is responsible for managing the food production and harvest from the WMC gardens and greenhouse. He/she will be coordinate planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing food (when applicable). He/she will work under the guidance of local expert gardeners. In exchange the Garden Intern will travel approximately bi-monthly to the mentor's property to assist them. 


Our season runs from approximately May 10 - September 10. Interns are expected to work approximately 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board. The Wrangell Mountains Center is an equal opportunity employer.


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)
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
Josie Stiles (Nome)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Mary Wegner (Sitka)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

For additional information, please visit our web site:  


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