July 2015 ASCA News 

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

As we enter our new fiscal year, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about a few of this year's upcoming opportunities and events. We look forward to another busy year working to support and strengthen Alaska's arts community!


First: two opportunities for artists that we recently launched:


2015 Alaska Literary Awards

The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres.  Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. For more information, and to apply, go to: http://bit.ly/2015AKLitAwards. The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.


2015 Boochever Fellowship

The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship awards recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. In the 2015 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in visual art, including film, digital and media arts. For more information, and to apply, go to: http://bit.ly/2015BoocheverFellows. The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.


2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities

The 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th.


Please start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will open in August. This year's Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found at https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/Past_Recipients_GAAH.pdf.


2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference

Please save the date for our biennial arts conference! It will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th. We are in the process of exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening. Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing aksca.info@alaska.gov.


Anchorage Live. Work. Play. Survey

Lastly, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is conducting a survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to make Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If you live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your voice to this survey-it's just two VERY short questions! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LiveWorkPlayAnchorage


Public Art Spotlight

Summer is tourist season and a reminder of how tourism and the arts are a vital part of Alaska's economy in many communities across our state.  


These cast bronze sculptures, created by artist Ron Baron and installed in the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, were inspired by the impact of travel and tourism in Alaska. The sculptures also serve as seating for travelers.


Ron visited pawn shops during a three-week treasure hunt with former Anchorage Museum collections manager Walter Van Horn. They explored urban Anchorage and Cook Inlet Region and culled an array of objects that were shipped back to Ron's Brooklyn New York studio.  


Each sculpture is a collection of second-hand objects combined with mini-dioramas of Alaskan wildlife. Ron's intention with this work is to portray the Alaskan traveler from tourist to resident with an amalgamation of artifacts. Some objects have a known origin. For example, the military issued boots belonged to Alaska National Guard Sgt. Maj. Pamela Harrington.  



All six sculptures collectively titled "North to the Future" are in Concourse B of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Click here to take a youtube tour of the installations.           


Installation photos by Hal Gage.


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.   


2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities | Nomination Period opens August 1. The categories this year: Arts Advocacy, Business Leadership, Individual Artist and the Margaret Nicke Cooke Award. Nomination deadline is September 15.  


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


ASCA 2nd Quarter Teleconference | September 18, noon-1:30 pm


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: 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; http://ccasantafe.org

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 curator@ccasantafe.org, 505.919.7617


Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Direct Purchase

Deadline: July 29, 2015, 11 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)


The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will purchase artworks that represent the experience of communities of color, and of immigrant and refugee communities for SPU's Portable Works Collection. We invite artists to submit images of available work for direct purchase. All types of 2D artworks will be considered: abstract, pictorial, figurative, representational, etc. The artwork may also reflect social issues: environmental, ecological, and cultural heritage.


Maximum dimensions: 48" x 48" x 5"

Total budget: $150,000


Eligibility: This call is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho or Alaska.


All types of media will be considered for purchase. Maximum artwork measurement for two-dimensional work is 48 x 48 x 5 inches. Artwork not conforming to these dimensions may be disqualified. The artwork will enter a rotating portable works collection and objects may need to be moved by one person. Artists may submit up to 16 images of available work. Multiple artworks by an individual artist may be purchased. Artists from outside the Seattle area must include shipping costs for each artwork (as a separate line item) on the image description form.


Click here to apply.  


Please contact Deborah Paine, deborah.paine@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7132 with any questions


Materials: Hard & Soft

Submission Deadline | September 4, 2015


Exhibition | February 5 - April 1, 2016
at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas

2016 Juror | Elizabeth Kozlowski, Curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Registration and prospectus available online at http://www.dentonarts.com/materials-hard-and-soft/


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



What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America

Deadline:Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:59  p.m. in your time zone..


GCA is asking artists to share their voices in this art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly. The exhibit will run January 6-30, 2016 at the Phoenix Gallery/ Landmark Arts Building, 548 West 29th Street, Suite 528, New York City


To enter, go to: 



Artists may submit up to three works per entry with a total of three separate entries. Payment of $40 per entry; non-refundable fee per entry after deadline date. The entry fee for full-time students is $15 per entry. One entry can include up to three pieces of art. Payments are made through PayPal.


Grants and Funding

GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program: 2016 Letter of Inquiry Online

Application Deadline: Friday July 10, At 5pm.


The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. 



A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.


The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award


2. Archiving and Preservation Projects:

·         A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

·         B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award


With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.


For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.


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 kaageesaak@aol.com (907-321-5652) or Marjorie Menzi, marjoriemenzi@msn.com (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
Email miranne@firstpeoplesfund.org


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 miranne@firstpeoplesfund.org  


National Endowment for the Arts | Our Town Grants

Deadline: September 21, 2015


The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.


Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.


Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.  

  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Click here for more information and application.



Education and Youth  

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

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.  


VSA offers free webinars

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.


Check out the upcoming VSA Webinars, below, and click the links to register

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 www.waisartcontest.org. 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.


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 http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/sec_2015.cfm.  


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


Arts Education Partnership National Forum Registration is Available

Arlington, VA - Sept. 1 and 2


he Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success
will be held on September 1-2 in Arlington, VA. Some of the nation's most influential arts and education leaders will convene to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America's young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.


Visit http://www.aep-arts.org/events/aep-2015-national-forum/ for complete information and registration. 


Professional Development

Rasmuson Foundation 2015 Sabbatical

Deadline: October 1


Alaska-based nonprofit and tribal executives interested in Rasmuson Foundation's Sabbatical Program have until October 1 to apply. Now entering its 12th year, the program offers awards up to $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a two- to six-month sabbatical.

Nonprofit organizations benefit when their leaders engage in well-planned sabbaticals. An extended leave allows the leader, the board and staff to develop new perspectives, and often energizes organizational innovation. (Download the Creative Disruption: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector here.)


Executives from tribes and all nonprofit sectors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be an Alaska resident with at least five years in the nonprofit sector and at least three years in the position of CEO, president, executive director, or tribal administrator. The program is designed to provide time away from the office for rest and personal renewal.


The application requires a written plan for how the organization will be managed in the leader's absence and a letter from the organization's board endorsing its executive's decision to apply for the sabbatical.


The primary criteria for selection are 1) the benefit of the sabbatical to the individual and the organization; 2) demonstrated ability of the organization to sustain itself in the executive's absence; and 3) the executive's demonstrated level of performance and leadership within the organization. Personal interviews with finalists play a major role in the decision process. The process is competitive.


Guidelines and application materials are available at the Foundation's website or by calling (907) 297-2700 or toll free (within Alaska) at 1-877-366-2700. Leaders can also be nominated (by anyone) online. Individuals nominated must also complete and submit an application.  


Registration for the National Arts Marketing Project Conference Open

Americans for the Arts | Salt Lake City November 6-9


This year's NAMP Conference provides the practical tools and strategies to turn ideas into action. Build your digital marketing arsenal, learn the technology trends to engage your patrons, and hear the latest creative revenue streams from experts in the field. Once your organization has the right tools to Lift Off, your organization's future will be brighter and undeniably sustainable. 


Visit http://www.artsmarketing.org/conference for complete information and registration. Including information about scholarships for members of AFTA to attend. These scholarships provide arts marketers, audience engagement professionals and development staff with financial assistance to attend the conference. Once on-site attendees gain access to innovative marketing research and audience engagement strategies through a series of dynamic session trainings, panel discussions and workshops. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from experts from the field and network with arts marketers from across the country.


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  akwhoville@gmail.com 




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 one-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 levans@iaia.edu 


Rasmuson Artist Residency Program

Deadline: August 15, 2015


Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will begin accepting applications from Alaska artists and writers interested in fully-funded, two-month residencies in the Lower 48. The eligibility requirements have changed-Alaska-based artists who have not received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are now also eligible to apply.

Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013. The program supports eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcomes accomplished artists from Outside to Alaska organizations. 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.


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.  


Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival, July 7-August 8, at various  locations on Kenai Peninsula http://www.kpoalaska.com/   


Bear Paw Festival, July8-12, Downtown Eagle River http://www.bearpawfestival.org/


Angry,Young & Poor, July11, Ester park in Fairbanks https://www.facebook.com/groups/61160664561/


Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, July 12-26, Various Venues in Fairbanks http://www.fsaf.org/


World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, July 15-18, Carlson Center in Fairbanks http://www.weio.org/


Copper RiveWildSalmon Jam, July 17-18, Cordova http://www.copperriverwild.org/


Cantwell Bluegrass Festival, Jul24-27, Cantwell Lodge in Cantwell http://cantwellodgeak.com/2013-cantwell-bluegrass-festival.html


Deltana Fair & Music Festival, July25, Delta Junction http://www.deltanafair.com/


Valdez Gold Rush Days, July 29-August 2Valdez http://www.valdezgoldrushdays.org/


Southeast Alaska State Fair, July 30-August 2Haines http://www.seakfair.org/


Nome Midnight Sun Folk Fest, July 31-August 1Nome https://www.facebook.com/nomefolkfest


Home Skillet Music Festival, July 31-August 1Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka http://www.homeskilletfest.com/


Blueberry Arts Festival, July 31-August 2, Ketchikan various venues  http://ketchikanarts.org/events-programs/blueberry-arts-festival/blueberry-arts-festival  



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 www.anchorageconcerts.org and click on the ABOUT tab and choose "Jobs." e-mail all information to  jobs@anchorageconcerts.org  


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

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


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