Nannut Nunaat - Land of the Polar Bear by Sonya Kelliher-Combs 

June 2015 ASCA News 

In This Issue
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
Contact Us
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A Note from Shannon

First, the good news. In last month's newsletter we celebrated Maeva Ordaz, the first Alaskan to win the national Poetry Out Loud competition. We are pleased to invite you to a community reception in Maeva's honor on Monday evening, June 8th, at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Our Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos will also be speaking, and Maeva will perform a couple of poems for us. We hope you will join us! To RSVP, please go to:

In other news, I am sure you are aware that the State Legislature has yet to pass a funded budget for FY16. State agencies, ASCA included, are preparing for a partial government shutdown that will begin on July 1st if a funded budget has not been passed. In the event of a shutdown, ASCA will operate with a skeletal staff and no grant awards will be issued. Many of our programs will also be put on hold.  

You may not know that ASCA receives a significant portion of its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency. As part of our partnership grant agreement with them, NEA dollars must be matched one-to-one with a State of Alaska appropriation. If a funded budget is not passed, we risk losing critical federal funds as well.  

We are hopeful that this issue will be resolved soon and that the enacted FY16 budget will reflect the level of funding for ASCA that the legislature passed earlier in the session. We appreciate your patience as we plan for a shutdown, while also moving forward to support a vibrant future for the arts in Alaska!

Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Update

The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program 

will begin accepting applications again from Alaska artists and writers interested in fully funded two-month residencies in the Lower 48. 


Please note that the eligibility requirements have changed. Any Alaska-based artist who meets the criteria is invited to apply, whether or not they have received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award in the past. An optional and free information session detailing the program, eligibility requirements, and application process will be held June 26 at 6:00 pm. Attendees are invited to attend in person or by teleconference; the event will take place in the Anchorage Museum's Reynolds Classroom, just off the atrium.  


For artists outside of Anchorage, instructions on how to call in will be announced in advance of the workshop. Applications will be accepted online beginning July 1, and the deadline is August 15, 2015.  


Alaska artists selected in past award cycles include Christine Byl, Ernestine Hayes, Arlitia Jones, Linda Lyons, Mary Matthews, Jimmy Riordan, Gretchen Sagan, Maria Shell, and Michael Walsh.  


Spotlight on Public Art

Art in Our Schools

Public art plays an important part of the school environment in Alaska, especially for rural students, where public artwork is connected to their region and conveys a sense of place. 


Nannut Nunaat - Land of the Polar Bear (2007) by Alaska artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs greets students, staff and the public as they enter the lobby connecting the Nome-Beltz High School cafeteria, school and gym. Kelliher-Combs, who is an alumni of Nome-Beltz, enlisted the help of her mother, Trudy Kelliher, sister, Carla Gingrich, and aunt, Ida Hildebrand, to string over 100,000 cut glass beads.

Public art in Alaska schools is chosen by an art committee designated by the superintendent in each school district. The Alaska State Council on the Arts can advise on current and best practices for the art selection process to ensure that schools commission quality artwork that enlivens the community.



Alaska artist Rachelle Dowdy helps the installation team on the scissor lift in Nome. Dowdy's construction experience is a valuable asset for navigating the rigorous technical and safety requirements for artwork in public spaces.  



Kaulitz named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist


Anchorage artist Garry Kaulitz has been named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, announced today, recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. Kaulitz is the twelfth Alaskan artist to receive the award and he joins a prestigious list of previous winners including Peggy Shumaker (2014), Teri Rofkar (2013), Kes Woodward (2012), Ray Troll (2011), John Luther Adams (2010), Nathan Jackson (2009), Ronald Senungetuk (2008), Rie Munoz (2007), Delores Churchill (2006), John Haines (2005) and Sylvester Ayek (2004).


"Foremost, Garry Kaulitz describes himself as a practicing artist who specializes in the visions that dance in his head," said Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation president.


Kaulitz' works have been exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally. He has received numerous awards, grants and residencies and is represented in many private, public and museum collections. Kaulitz is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he taught from 1993 to 2014. Since retiring last year, he has been conducting workshops and managing a co-op print shop. His current work deals with the juxtaposition of biographical reflections and the human form with mind frictions and fictions.


Before coming to Alaska, he was owner and master printer at a press in his name and taught at The Louisville School of Art, University of Louisville and University of Indiana. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Rochester Institute of Technology.




In addition to the Distinguished Artist Award, Rasmuson Foundation also awarded 25 Project Grants (worth up to $7,500 each) and ten Fellowships (worth up to $18,000 each). These artists were chosen from more than 300 applicants, whose applications were judged by an esteemed national panel of artists and arts leaders.


This year's winners represent 12 different communities across Alaska: Anchorage, Chevak, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Port Alsworth, Sitka, Skagway and Talkeetna. A full list of the 2015 Fellows and their projects can be found here


ASCA Notices

Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are open for FY16. Applicants for the FY16 cycle may submit as early as May, for activities beginning no earlier than July 2015.  


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


Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline for Schools | October 15, 2016 | Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 


Artists in Schools and Statewide Teaching Artist Roster Round II Deadline for FY16 | Nov. 1  


What's Your Art Story?  

The NEA turns 50 on September 29th! In this video, Chairman Chu asks America to participate in the celebration by sharing their "arts story." The NEA wants to know about an arts experience that helped shape or change your life. Was it seeing Grease in high school? Was it reading Little Women? Maybe it was the moment you first sculpted clay or built a house out of Legos. How have the arts impacted you?


We hope you will share Alaska's Art Stories with the National Endowment for the Arts, as they celebrate this anniversary.  

Calls for Artists and Requests for Proposals


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   


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 here.   



Symposium | November 4-6, 2015

Exhibition | November 6-December 4, 2015


Call for Contributions

Deadline: June 15, 2015


You are invited to submit artworks and/or an abstract for the art exhibition and symposium RELATE NORTH 2015. The symposium and exhibition is a collaboration between the University of the Arctic, ASAD thematic network, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Lapland and the Kimura Gallery.


For more information, click here. Email Herminia Din at


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 at  For more information, contact Phuong Pham, Program Officer, The Vilcek Foundation, 167 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, 212.472.2500


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 Art: The Land Mark Show  

A Juried Show for Western Artists | CCA Santa Fe

Deadline: July 15, 2015


The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) proudly announces The Land Mark Show, a juried exhibition of recent artworks that examine the relationship between mark-making and the contemporary landscape. A large group exhibition in the Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery presented works by selected artists, while a smaller solo show is awarded to one outstanding New Mexico-based artist.


Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM;

Winners announced: August 15, 2015

Exhibition dates: October 9 - December 27, 2015


Eligibility: Artists from AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY may submit works for consideration in the group exhibition.


For a complete description, click here.  

For more information, contact Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 505.919.7617


Call for Entries | Craft Forms 2015
December 4- January 30, 2015

Deadline: September 10, 2015


21st International Juried Exhibition of contemporary fine craft, $8,000 in awards. $45 entry fee.For online application, click here. Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087   


Grants and Funding
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.



First Peoples Fund 2016 Cultural Capital Grant  

Call for Applications

Deadline: September 15, 2015


The 2016 Cultural Capital Program provides tradition bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients allowing them to commit more time in teaching and sharing their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.


The grant program will aid artists in develop local networks for leveraging other resources and will provide technical assistance and capacity building support as needed by the master artist/teacher.

First Peoples Fund is interested in Cultural Capital projects that will Impact the next generation through reciprocity and community spirit. Examples of this are:

  • Passing on knowledge - as mentors and leaders
  • Documentation for the next seven generations to access this knowledge
  • Artists as Cultural Resource

Eligibility Requirements:

Artist may be a past FPF Community Spirit Award recipient, a Community Spirit Award nominee finalist, or a member of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Western Dakota of Minnesota, Nebraska, the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, a tribe from the Great Lakes Region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin, a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states, Oklahoma, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native. Affiliated Canadian First Nations artist applicants are eligible. Artist may also be invited by FPF or nominated by a Community Spirit Award recipient.


Grant amount: $5,000

Please click here to start a new application: 


For more information please visit our website. Phone: (605)348-0324


First Peoples Fund 2016 Artist in Business Leadership

Call for Applications

Deadline: September 15, 2015


The 2016 Artist in Business Leadership Program is an independent business arts fellowship program that features a working capital grant of $5,000 to be used to support a one year marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Artists will receive technical assistance, a professional network of peers, as well as travel funds to participate in FPF's individualized professional development workshops. The fellowship also provides a focus on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.


Eligibility Requirements: 

Artist applicants must be in mid career (5+ years) in their experience in marketing their art at Indian art markets, galleries, and have wholesale experience 

Artists will have chosen art as a means to obtain economic self-sufficiency for their family and to establish themselves as independent, credible artists with viable community based businesses,

Be a member of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Western Dakota of Minnesota, Nebraska, the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, a tribe from the Great Lakes Region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin, a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states, Oklahoma, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native. Affiliated Canadian First Nations artist applicants are eligible.


Must demonstrate a strong vision and articulated plan for implementing effective market strategies over the one-year fellowship period and will effectively use this opportunity to explore New Works and demonstrate marketing initiative effectively.


Grant amount: $5,000

Please click here to start a new application:


For more information please visit our website. Phone: (605)348-0324 Email 


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

PLURAL+ 2015 Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion Call for Entries
Deadline: June 15, 2015

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world's youth to submit original and creative videos for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, and human rights, both at local and global levels. young people aged 9-25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. Click here for complete information and submission.

Action Research Project Awards for Teachers | Sponsored by the Hoenny Center for Research and Development in Teaching
Deadline: July 1, annually

The Hoenny Center Project Awards annually support up to five classroom research projects in the area of students as peer teachers. To qualify for funding, applicants must be full-time teachers of prekindergarten through grade 12 and conduct the research themselves. Projects should consist of gathering and summarizing data related to a professional question of interest to the teacher within the general area of peer teaching and learning in the classroom. Preference will be given to projects involving analysis of any or all of the following areas: descriptions of individual differences in students' teaching abilities; teacher attempts to improve students' teaching abilities; or student reflections on strategies, motivations, and rewards of helping other students learn. A maximum of five awards will be given yearly-up to $500 per project. Click here for complete information.


Know a Teen Filmmaker?
The Media Arts Academy for Teens is the ultimate destination class for the highly motivated, film-interested teen.


Section 1: Mon-Fri, Jul 13-17 & Mon-Wed, Jul 20-22, 9 am-5 pm

Section 2: Mon-Fri, Aug 10-14 & Mon-Wed, Aug 17-19, 9 am-5 pm


* Learn with award-winning film professionals
* Be part of a film crew
* Use professional HD digital video equipment
* Learn Avid Media Composer industry standard software
* Get involved in scripting, planning, casting, directing, working with actors, shooting, lighting, sound recording, editing, and more!

Apply for the Frank Hood Scholarship which covers full tuition to the program at the Northwest Film Center, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR, Portland, OR 97205


Summer Filmmaking for Teachers

June 22-26, 2015 

Learn to conduct small-scale videomaking projects that foster integrative learning in the K-12 classroom in Digital Filmaking for K-12 Teachers. Use video production to help students demonstrate academic content proficiency in science, social studies, language arts, and other core subjects; learn how the media arts can help students develop skills in critical thinking, leadership, and media literacy; shoot and edit simple exercises that can easily be replicated in the classroom without fancy equipment; and more!

Open to educators from all grade levels and endorsement areas; available for 35 PDUs.
Northwest Film Center, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205


The Norman Mailer Writing Award for Middle School and High School Teachers | Sponsored by the Norman Mailer Center and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
Deadline: July 16, 2015

The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) cosponsor the Norman Mailer Writing Award for Middle and High School Teachers. Full-time and part-time middle school and high school teachers are eligible to enter the competition. The competition is limited to works of creative nonfiction. Submissions will be read by a national panel of teachers and will be judged by how well they achieve several qualities. Five entries that receive the highest ratings from the national judges will be submitted to a distinguished panel of authors selected by the Norman Mailer Center, who will choose the winning entry. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 and travel and lodging to attend a special award ceremony in Fall 2015. Click here for complete information.  


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.


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  


Fresh Film Northwest

Now open for submissions!

Deadline: August 20, 2015

Fresh Film Northwest, the Northwest Film Center's free-to-enter youth film festival, is now open for submissions. Individual and group submissions from youth ages 13 to 19 are accepted. There is no entry fee. The festival is made up of two components: a free public screening presented in November in the Whitsell Auditorium as part of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival and an online version, which makes offerings available year-round.

Download the submission form here.  

Northwest Film Center, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR, Portland, OR 97205


Professional Development

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!  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.

University of Alaska, Anchorage Professional Grant Development Training Course
June 29-July 1, 2015
Cost: $595.00

Our comprehensive workshop covers the diversity of donors, key search engines, and converting ideas into fundable projects or research. After the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your project or research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the funding community and how to respond to various guidelines.


The training addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, writing, lectures, and discussions to better understand how to research, write, and develop your specific project.


Click here for complete information and registration.  


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 




The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 50 fellowship awards for visual artists and writers.


Application Deadline: June 15, 2015  

  • Pollock-Krasner Fellowships (5) for visual artists of outstanding talent
  • Windgate Craft Artist Fellowships (4) for visual artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood (includes $1000 stipend)
  • James Merrill Poetry Fellowships (3) for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 stipend)
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowships (2) for artists and writers who are raising children (one 4-week residency award that includes a $2,000 stipend & one 2-week residency that includes a $1,000 stipend)
  • NEA Social Practice School Arts Residency Fellowships (2) for socially-engaged visual artists (includes $500 stipend)
  • Plus the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship, VSC/Cave Canem & VSC/Kundiman fellowships, the Mountain State Fellowship for artists & writers from West Virginia, 25 VSC Fellowships open to ALL, and more!

For a complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit:

Apply online at  


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

Application Deadline: 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 


Alaska Community Festivals

Community festivals and fairs are a great way to get out and engage with art, artists and culture in Alaska. Did we miss a festival in your community? Send us an email and let us know about it. Click here for a list of festivals through September.  




Pride Fest-May 30-June 6-Anchorage  


Sitka Summer Music Festival-June 3-28-Various Locations in Sitka 


Machetanz Arts Festival-June 5-6-Mat-Su College in Palmer/Wasilla 


Spenard Jazz Fest-June 5-20-Various Spenard venues in Anchorage 


Alyeska Fiddlehead Festival-June 6-7-Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood 


Three Barons Renaissance Fair-June 6-7,13-14-Tozier Track in Anchorage 


Chickenstock Music Festival-June 12 & 13-in Chicken 


Kenai River Festival-June 12-14- Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna 


Colony Days Celebration-June 12-15- Downtown Palmer 


Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference-June 12-16- Kachemak Bay Campus-Kenai Peninsula College/UAA 


Fairbanks Summer Folk Fest-June13- Pioneer Park in Fairbanks 


Last Frontier Theatre Conference- June 14-20- Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez 


Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival- June 18-21-Susan B English School in



Solstice BrewFest - June 19-21. DenaliPark 


Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival- June 20 & 21- Downtown Moose Pass 


Midnight Sun Festival-June 21-Downtown Fairbanks 


Polynesian Culture Flag Day Event-June 27th- Cuddy Family Park in Anchorage 


Alaska Scottish Highland Games-June 27- Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer 


Homer Council on the Arts |
Operations and Programs Assistant


We have an immediate opening on our team. This is a non-exempt position, 25 hours per week, $14 per hour. Regular schedule is Monday - Friday, 12 - 5 p.m., with flexibility when evening and weekend hours are required. Benefits include six paid holidays and paid leave, free admission for employee and immediate family to all HCOA ticketed events; free workshop and camp registration for employee and immediate family. Complete Position Description is available, here.  


To apply, please submit (1) your resume, (2) a letter explaining why you are the best person for the job, and (3) three references and their contact information (at least two references should be former employers). 


Application materials must be submitted by e-mail to .   


Anchorage Concert Association |

Communications Specialist


The Anchorage Concert Association, Alaska's largest arts presenting organizations, has an opening for a creative, enthusiastic, and collaborative individual for the position of Communications Specialist. We are seeking someone with a passion for music, media, and marketing and with a desire to be part of an arts organization (nonprofit) that seeks to entertain and inspire Alaskans through the performing arts.

The Communications Specialist is a part of the Marketing team and is responsible for content creation, social media management, e-mail marketing, media relations, and other duties to help sell tickets to ACA's annual season of concerts and events. Strong applicants will be able to demonstrate creative problem solving, strong copy-writing skills, and the ability to work independently and within a team. Benefits include full health benefits, retirement program, tickets to ACA presentations and special events throughout the year, summer hours, and training. 


To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and copy for use in a Facebook post. The cover letter should describe why you would be a strong candidate and how your skills and experience will benefit ACA. Your Facebook post should be about one of ACA's artists and invite the public to take interest in the group. For more information and to see a full job description, visit our webpage at and click on the ABOUT tab and choose "Jobs." e-mail all information to  



Articles of Interest

Announcing a new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center microsite | Sharing Knowledge Alaska 


Featuring educational videos on:

·         Sewing salmon skin

·         Stitching, wrapping and weaving porcupine quill

·         Making Aleutian Islands bentwood hats

·         Inupiaq language and culture (with lessons)

·         St. Lawrence Island Yupik language and culture (with lessons)


For more information, contact Dawn Biddison. Assistant Curator, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK  99501, Phone: 907-929-9208 


Rasmuson Foundation announces the appointment of two new program officers.  

Jeff Baird has been promoted, effective today, from his position as senior program associate.  Roy Agloinga will join the Foundation June 22.


Baird joined the Foundation in 2011. He has a law degree and bachelor's in journalism from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Before joining the Foundation, Baird worked as a law clerk for the Alaska Court System in Anchorage and Bethel. Previously, he spent six years reporting for daily newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Baird currently serves as board president of thread, Alaska's statewide child care resource and referral provider.


Agloinga has extensive experience in nonprofit management. He served three years as COO and interim president/CEO at Norton Sound Health Corporation and was also employed as Tribal Affairs Director with Kawarek, the nonprofit regional organization in Nome. He has a bachelor of arts in English with a teaching emphasis from University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a lifelong Alaskan, born in White Mountain in the Bering Straits region. Agloinga previously served as rural director for the Municipality of Anchorage under former Mayor Mark Begich and is a current board member of Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). He is a fluent Iñupiaq speaker.

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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