August 2015 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Public Art Spotlight
Article Headline
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
Contact Us
Join Our Mailing List!
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Looking for Work in the Arts?
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A Note from Shannon
I hope you all are having a lovely summer so far! Today I am writing with a special announcement. The Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Dr. Jane Chu, will be visiting Alaska at the end of this month! She will be in Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka during her visit. We are working with the NEA to finalize her itinerary, so stay tuned for more information soon.
Speaking of the NEA, did you know that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year? As part of the celebration, the NEA wants to hear from you! Join the celebration of the NEA's 50th anniversary by sharing your story of how the arts have influenced your life. Submit your stories here.

Let's be sure the artistic and cultural richness of Alaska is well represented during this national celebration.
Lastly, I am please to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Please consider submitting nominations for noteworthy Alaskans who have dedicated their lives to improving our great state through the arts and culture!


The application deadline is Tuesday, September 15, 2015. All nominations must be submitted online at: 

To submit a nomination, you will need the name and contact information for your nominee and yourself, a nominating statement in support of your nominee, the nominee's bio/CV/resume, and 2-5 letters of support written by someone other than yourself.


The Governor's Awards for the Arts categories for 2016 are: Arts Advocacy, Individual Artist, Business Leadership and the Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts and Languages. The nomination guidelines and form can be found at A list of previous awardees can be found here


The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Be sure to save the date!


Public Art Spotlight

School Is Different This Year


Last year, the exterior of Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat Elementary did not reflect the curiosity and intelligence of the charismatic young students who attend this K-2 school in Bethel.      


This August, when students return to school, they will learn in a place where they actively transformed their environment based on their experiences with the guidance of a visiting artist.  



As part of her public art and teaching residency project, artist Justine Pechuzal taught drawing lessons at ME School. Early exposure to art, travel and a love of story inspired her to pursue a career in art with an emphasis in environmental and community art. Justine moved to Seward in 2005 after working for a summer as a sea kayak guide, and now calls the town of 3,500 home year round.


In this new place of education and exploration, the message for students is, "The sky is the limit!"


Justine also created a permanent public artwork for ASCA's Percent for Art Program. A digital image of her original painting was printed on an acrylic light box and mounted near the main entrance. At night it illuminates the walkway. The tire swing's diagonal movement suggests the joyful energy of the children. The placement of figures above town represents an exciting new growth stage of life, 'taking off' from home life and entering the wider world through school and learning.














Photos by Mik Jedlika and Josh Thomas.



Re-Locate Receives 2015 Artplace America Grant
$500,000 Grant Will Fund Village-Based Territorial Planning Process in Kivalina, Alaska
Re-Locate announced today that it is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America's 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation's largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $500,000 in Kivalina, Alaska, to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. For the entire press release, click here. To view the complete list of 2015 ArtPlace grantees, go to

Anchorage Museum receives NEA Our Town grant for Polar Lab

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling nearly $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding. The Anchorage Museum will receive $150,000 to support  Polar Lab, a creative placemaking and artist engagement project.

The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. Since the program's inception in 2011, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, visit the NEA website at Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well. The NEA's online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects along with lessons learned and other resources.   
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's 8th Annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts Recipients   
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announced the selection of the recipients for the Eighth Annual Mayor's Awards for the Arts, to be presented at the JAHC Season '42 Kick-off party on Friday, August 21, at 5:30 - 7 pm at the JACC.
The Recipients are:
  • Artist: Pat Belec, ballroom dancer, singer, and arts educator.
  • Arts in Education: Heather Ridgway, artist and Juneau School District arts teacher.
  • Arts Organization: The Juneau Lyric Opera celebrates its 40th anniversary of bringing quality operas, musicals, and vocal performances to Juneau and surrounding communities. 
  •  Business Leadership for the Arts: Annie Kaill's celebrates 40 years of being a favorite shop for Juneau locals and visitors alike with their wide selection of Alaskan artwork.
  • Innovative Application of the Arts: Ron Gile is the founder, creative inspiration and driving force behind the Juneau Photo Group (a free facebook group).
  • Patron of the Arts: ConocoPhillips Alaska steadfastly supports many of the arts groups in Juneau, providing important operating income to allow the programming each offers to continue.
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: Linda Rosenthal has had, and continues to have, a strong-and welcome-impact on Juneau.
Congratulations to these outstanding individuals and organizations! For more information contact Nancy DeCherney at the JAHC at (907) 586-2787.  
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 nomination form can be found at The categories this year are: 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 16, 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, 2016    


Round II FY16 Cultural Collaborations Project Grant Deadline | December 1, 2016  


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
1% for Art Request for Qualifications
Image Designs for Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, Alaska
Deadline: August 14, 2015
The art selection jury intends to commission one artist to submit a design image for two perforated metal screens to be placed on the exterior of the Z.J. Loussac Library.  The jury would like to commission one artist to submit image designs for both locations to maintain consistency in the overall design.  The artist selected will work with the manufacturer of the metal screen and the architect during the final stage of the design to ensure a successful interpretation of the visual imagery onto the metal screens.  The metal screen at the book drop must include the words "BOOK DROP" in the design.  The front entry screen measures 21' x 20' and the book drop screen measures 12' by 20'.  The fabrication of the design will be done by Dri-Design,   
Apply to this call at www/ For more information, contact Enzina Marrari, Curator of Public Art, Municipality of Anchorage at (907) 343-6473 
Juried Portrait Exhibition | Call for Entries
Deadline: Monday, August 24, 2015
Monmouth Museum Main Gallery September 18 - November 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6 - 8pm
Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft NJ 07738
Aesthetica Prize
Deadline: August 31, 2015
The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to an international audience and further their engagement with the art world.
Register by 31 August to be in with a chance of winning £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox; group exhibition; publication in an anthology of 100 contemporary artists; editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (186,000 readership worldwide); £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel.
Work in all media is accepted. Judges include artists, curators and directors from National Portrait Gallery, Design Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park among others.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies | Call for Art
Deadline: September 1, 2015
Still Walking the Walk, on Kachemak Bay and Beyond - Bringing our Soles/Souls into our Work
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is inviting everyone to participate in this community art project by doing what we do anyway - create your unique design on a pair of rubber boots! 
Call the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies for guidelines and prospectus. 907-235-6746, Click here for more information.  

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
Dave Bown Projects | Photography Competition 2015
Deadline: September 5, 2015

$5,000 in Cash Prizes. Click here for the complete prospectus, including instructions on how to apply.
Contact Dave Bown Projects with questions about the application process by phone +1 (917) 365-5265  

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
All Alaska Biennial Call for Art
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2015
The Anchorage Museum invites entries to the first All Alaska Biennial, celebrating four decades of work by Alaska artists. The museum's juried exhibitions (All Alaska Juried Exhibition and Earth, Fire & Fibre) began more than 30 years ago to encourage the creation of new works by Alaska artists in all media.
The All-Alaska Biennial will celebrate the contemporary work of Alaskan artists and works are encouraged to explore the authentic North, its people, materials and landscapes, through a variety of interpretations. The All-Alaska Biennial will travel to other venues in Alaska after it closes in Anchorage April 10, 2016.
For more information and to enter, go to the
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, click here.  
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.
Public Art Opportunities | Request for Proposals
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Training Academy | Sitka, AK   
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the Training Academy in Sitka, Alaska.  
Art Budget $15,000. ALASKA ARTISTS ONLY. Deadline for Entries: Received by September 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: The application will open August 14, 2015.
Nome State Office Building | Nome, AK   
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Administration is requesting qualifications from artists for interior and exterior artwork to be commissioned for the recently renovated Nome State Office Building in Nome, Alaska.
Art Budget $87,400. ALASKA ARTISTS ONLY. Deadline for Entries: September 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFE at The application will open August 14, 2015.   
Douglas Island Building | Douglas, AK   
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Administration is requesting qualifications from artists for exterior and interior artwork to be commissioned for the recently renovated Douglas Island Building in Douglas, Alaska.
Art Budget $122,445. ALASKA ARTISTS ONLY. Deadline for Entries: September 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFE at
The application will open August 14, 2015.
Tennessee Arts Commission RFQ | David Crockett Commemorative Bust
Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Budget: $45,000
The Tennessee Arts Commission on behalf of the Tennessee State Capitol Commission and the Tennessee General Assembly requests qualifications from professional artists to create a bust to commemorate David Crockett.
This memorial four-foot bronze bust will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville for visitors to appreciate. The project is open to established visual artists living in the United States with a minimum of five (5) years professional experience working on public art projects. Applicants must have knowledge of fabrication and installation of busts or similar sculpture in bronze. Three (3) references familiar with previous projects are required.
This RFQ/National Call to Artists will result in a short list of finalists, who will then be asked to develop final proposals for the David Crockett bust and make a presentation to the selection committee in Nashville. Click here for RFQ requirements and application guidelines.
Homer Council on the Arts Call for Art | Loss
Submission forms due October 1, 2015
HCOA is seeking art that explores the idea of loss for November's gallery show.
This exhibition will be in alignment with the performance from Letters Aloud, a multimedia production engaging issues that touch us all.  Click here for exhibition guidelines and entry form.  
XIV Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition
Deadline: October 5, 2015
$30,000 Cash Grants + Performances in the United States and abroad
Winners in Concerts: Rome, Venice, Krakow in 2016
Requirements and Application For more information, call 201-863-8724 or email  
Fairbanks Arts Association Portfolio Review
Deadline: October 31, 2015 for the 2017 Exhibit Year
Each November, the FAA Visual Arts Committee selects artists to exhibit their work in the gallery for the year after next with a Portfolio Review. A panel of seven local artists who work in different media review submitted images. Portfolios are chosen solely on the merit of the images entered and the artist's resume. The deadline for submission to Portfolio Review is always October 31. Click here for complete prospectus and instructions.
The Visual Arts Committee of the Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans from Alaska to submit for review either slides or digital images of their work for possible solo or group exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2017.
Submission to the Portfolio Review constitutes an agreement to meet the gallery's scheduling needs for the exhibit year 2017 beginning January of 2017. Any selected artist unable to meet the gallery's schedule may have to resubmit for review in a subsequent year.
For complete guidelines, information and instructions on submitting to Portfolio Review, visit the website at For more information on Portfolio Review or how to apply please contact the FAA Visual Arts Coordinator at (907) 456-6485 ext. 227 or
Grants and Funding

2015 Alaska Literary Awards

Deadline: August 31, 2015 9:59 AKDT


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:


2015 Boochever Fellowship

Deadline: August 31, 2015 9:59 AKDT


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:


Ethel Montgomery Scholarship Application Available for Museum Studies

Deadline: August 31, 2015


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.


Free Grant Writing Workshops

September 8 and 15, 2015, 11 am - 1 pm


The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is sponsoring a free, grant writing workshop for organizations
working with or serving Alaska Native people/communities. Join The Foraker Group's
expert, President/CEO Laurie Wolf, as she covers topics that will help your organization

write stronger, more competitive grants. 


Workshop available as webinar or in-person session at the 2015 Elders and

Youth Conference in Anchorage, AK. Click here for more information.  


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  


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.

Matching Support for Musical Instrument Purchases

Deadline: September 30, 2015


The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments. The Foundation offers matching grants to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to help purchase stringed instruments. Grants will not exceed 50% of total instrument cost. Requests are reviewed quarterly.  

GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program | 2016 Letter of Inquiry Online

Deadline: October 1, 2015


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


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. For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit


National YoungArts Foundation

Application Deadline: October 16, 2015

Grant Range: $250 - $10,000


The National YoungArts Foundation is designed to identify and support the next generation of artists and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual, and design arts.


YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. Support is offered to individuals in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.


YoungArts program winners are eligible for:

  • up to $10,000 monetary award;
  • recognition as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • master classes with world-renowned artists
  • access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts.

Application guidelines are available on the YoungArts website. Note: There is a $35 (non-refundable) application fee per category. Fee waivers are available.


Education and Youth  
Fairbanks Teaching Artists Training & Certification Academy
Fall 2015 Workshop Schedules
  • Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 AM- 3:30 PM. Location TBA.
  • Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 AM- 3:30 PM. Location TBA.
Lunch to be provided at both sessions

To register, contact or 456-6485 x 222
Cost: $50. Checks made out to Fairbanks Arts Association, Cash or Credit Cards are accepted.
Click here for a pdf of the flyer with more information.

Sealaska Heritage Institute Introduces a New Curriculum and Art Kit for Formline Design
The curriculum-Northwest Coast Formline Design: Definitions and Student Activities-is the culmination of SHI's Jinéit Art Academy, a three-year project to teach formline design region wide and to cultivate more formline instructors. A team of K-12 teachers, Native artists, specialists and Sealaska Heritage staff spent years developing and field testing the curriculum, which was also vetted by the institute's Native Artist Committee, a panel of esteemed Northwest Coast art experts.
It is an authoritative, in-depth resource that is tailored for teachers to access formline design, the term used to describe the unique shapes and compositions that are the foundation of Northwest Coast art, said SHI President Rosita Worl.
"We have developed a premiere curriculum for educators to easily teach our ancient Native art practice," Worl said. "Even teachers who have no background in formline design will be able to use this curriculum because the materials come in a ready-made form."
The curriculum textbook includes an introduction to formline design, definitions and vocabulary, formline design examples and five activities, including detailed instructions on how to draw formline shapes, assemble formline sets and engrave formline in foil. The materials were designed to meet state arts education objectives as well as state content area objectives.
Sealaska Heritage collaborated with K-12 teachers, artists and curriculum and art kit specialists. The materials were also subjected to critiques by SHI's Native Artist Committee-which includes formline experts Nathan Jackson, Delores Churchill, Nicholas Galanin, Steve Brown and Da-ka-xeen Mehner. It was presented to school district staff and tribal administrative staff in 10 communities and kit caretakers were identified in each place. It was also field tested in Juneau and Angoon.
The kit received high marks from teachers and students during field testing. Teachers who evaluated the kit unanimously rated it as "Excellent, will definitely use again"; 80 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the kit tied in well with their local curriculum; 100 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the lesson directions are easy to understand and follow; 100 percent strongly agreed that students demonstrated increased understanding of formline design and drawings. Among students who evaluated it, 100 percent agreed or strongly agreed that they were interested and excited about the activity they tested.
SHI's Kari Groven led the project and edited the book in collaboration with Steve Brown, Annie Calkins and Nancy Lehnhart. The Jinéit Art Academy is one of SHI's initiatives to make Juneau the Northwest Coast art capital. The text and contents of the kit are available online at   
To celebrate its new Broadway Bound Program, Alaska Dance Theatre is offering TWO workshop opportunities for students to get a taste of these new classes.
Voice/Acting Workshop | August 8, 3:00-5:00 PM
Alexander Technique Workshop | August 14, 6:00-8:00 PM
All workshops are $20 per student. Drop on by the studio or call to reserve a spot.
Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E. 33rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503 phone 907-277-9591
Know a Teen Filmmaker?
The Media Arts Academy for Teens is the ultimate destination class for the highly motivated, film-interested teen.
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

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 this upcoming VSA Webinar and click the link to register.
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 for complete information and registration. 
Professional Development

Fairbanks Arts Association | Teaching Artist Academy

August 22-23 


The Fairbanks Arts Association is offering a teaching artist professional development opportunity for artists interested in becoming involved with the Fairbanks Artists in Schools program. Sessions will be held at the Fairbanks Arts Association, and complete information and registration is available at  Or contact, or (907) 456-6485 x222. 


What is the Teaching Artists Training Academy?

* Professional development for area artists to qualify for Alaska State Teaching Artist status. This will be a lively and informative series of hands-on presentations by expert teachers and administrators who will share knowledge, skills and techniques. A certificate will be awarded on completion of the course to equip you to work effectively in Fairbanks classrooms and beyond. *Advice on how to negotiate contracts, market yourself as a teaching artist and how to join the Alaska State Teaching Artist Roster (AK STAR) of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. *Dialogue and community building among local artists and educators about teaching in and through the arts. Topics to be discussed will include: Application process, importance of residencies, Alaska State standards, FNSBSD Arts, developmental levels, differentiated learning, classroom management strategies, collaboration for successful residencies, and the business of being a teaching artist.


Out of a Jam WordPress Workshop 

September 18-19, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

642 South Alaska Street, Suite 200, Palmer AK


You can build and maintain a website yourself, using the most powerful tools available today. Powerful and user friendly, you will learn to master all the basics; no experience with Wordpress required.  From installing WordPress to customizing it with themes and plugins, we will give you the tools and experience you need to take control of your online identity.

Equipment list, outline, and more information is available online. WordPress software and plugins are free; paid/premium themes and other features are optional. 

The cost of the workshop is $499. This two day, 14 hour course includes breakfast and lunch both days, materials, and an hour of one-on-one support after the course. Register for one day for $299. Non-profit organizations receive a 10% discount. 

Register Here 


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


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 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 


2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference | Anchorage, AK

April 28-30, 2015


Please save the date for our biennial arts conference! 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



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.


360 Xochi Quetzal: Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico

December 16, 2015 - January 14, 2016

Application Deadline: September 27, 2015


360 Xochi Quetzal is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 6 months). Write for details. Apply through CAFÉ 


Early Bird Discount: Use Coupon Code XQEARLY by 9/1/15 for 20% application discount

Wild Shore Festival  August 5-11  Kachemak Bay  
Alyeska Blueberry Mountain Arts & Music Festival  August 8 & 9  Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood  
Tanana Valley State Fair  August 7-16  Tanana Valley State Fair Grounds in Fairbanks
Kenai Peninsula Fair  August 21-23  Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik  
Alaska Salsa Festival  August 20-23  Anchorage  
Alyeska Fungus Fair  August 21-23  Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood  
Alaska State Fair  August 27-September 7  State Fairgrounds in Palmer  
Seward Music & Arts Festival  September 25-27  Seward
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  E-mail all information to  

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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