September 2015 ASCA News 


Please nominate a worthy Alaskan who has made a life-long commitment to improving our
great state through the arts!

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
The application deadline is Tuesday, September 15.

All nominations must be submitted online at 

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.

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.   

A list of previous awardees can be found  here
The 2016 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!
In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Public Art Spotlight
Poetry Out Loud
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Shannon
We had the great pleasure of hosting National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu in Alaska recently. There was a lot of excitement in the air, and because the President was also in the state, it truly felt like all eyes were on Alaska during her visit! 

We began her tour at the Mat-Su college in Palmer, where Chairman Chu received a tour of the new Glenn Massay Theater. That evening, ASCA hosted a Town Hall and reception with the Anchorage Museum. While in Anchorage, we also got a tour of the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Performing Arts Center, where the Chair met with a variety of NEA grantees.

Chairman Chu visits with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and First Lady Mara Kimmel. Photos courtesy of Hal Gage.

Chairman Chu and ASCA Executive Director Shannon Daut during a Town Hall meeting in Anchorage.

From there, we departed to Juneau, where we showed our visiting dignitary some of our Southeast gems, such as Perseverance Theatre, the Walter Soboleff Center and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. At the Soboleff Center we were treated with a surprise visit with Preston Singletary, who was there to install artwork in the Center's clan house.

The next day we took off to sunny Sitka, where we met with artists at the studio of Teri Rofkar, a NEA National Heritage Fellow, before departing for a tour of the Sheldon Jackson Campus, where we met with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sheldon Jackson Museum and the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The trip was capped off by a visit at the new home of the Island Institute. 

Chairman Chu was delighted and impressed by the wealth of cultural and artistic riches we have in Alaska. Thanks to everyone who helped us show off our fine state to this very important guest!

To view many more photos from her visit, check out the NEA's Twitter feed at:
Public Art Spotlight |  A Conversation with Alaska Artist Bill Brody
Midnight Sunshine by Bill Brody, a 4 feet high by 12 feet long panorama installed in the stairwell of the
State of Alaska Virology Lab, Fairbanks 2012.

This month we asked Bill Brody, an artist from Fairbanks, for some of his thoughts about Alaska, Public Art and the Percent for Art Program.
Why Alaska? 

Bill working outdoors on "Rooster's Comb", 2008
"Alaska is the only place that has felt like home to heart and spirit. I plan to live the rest of my days in Alaska with only occasional travel outside. When I die, my ashes are to be scattered on Mount Igikpak in Gates of the Arctic National Park. Even after I changed my legal residence five years ago to Florida for family reasons, I only identified as an Alaskan, and continued my regular practice of spending about six weeks in the field painting every year. In a sense I never left Alaska at all. I returned for good to Fairbanks at the end of January 2015 and moved into a new home and studio in the hills north of town in May."
How Has the Percent for Art Program Helped Your Career?  
On the Buckskin Glacier

"The Percent for Art Program has meant the opportunity to do really big and important artwork, too big for me to do for myself, too big for me to store away, and too big for any private client. Beyond that it has given me the impetus to do significant research. It has also allowed and required that I connect with a broader Alaskan community. It has deepened an already powerful spiritual connection with Alaska."

Where to Find Brody's Public Artwork
Anchorage: State of Alaska State Scientific Crime Detection Lab
Fairbanks: Rabinowitz Courthouse, Hutchison Technology Center, State of Alaska Virology Lab
Soldotna: Kenai Borough School District
Talkeetna: Su Valley High School

Bill Brody's website:
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition is open for 2015-2016!
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In the 2015-2016 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its eleventh anniversary, reaching millions of students from more than 7,300 schools nationwide.
During Fall-Winter 2015-16, Alaskan schools are invited to participate in classroom and school-wide contests with 10 regional finalists advancing to an Alaska state competition in Juneau on March 15, 2016. State champions will advance to the National Finals, on May 2-4, in Washington, DC.
Maeva Ordaz from West Anchorage High School was selected as the 2015 Alaska PoetryOut Loud
Alaska State and National Champion Maeva Ordaz of West Anchorage High School with NEA Chairman, Jane Chu, and Poetry Foundation President, Robert Polito, during the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Championships in Washington D.C.
(Photo by James Kegley)
champion and took home the National Championship title at the finals last April. In Alaska, more than 3500 students from 34 Alaskan schools took part in the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud program.
Poetry Out Loud encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition, giving students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation partnered to provide grants to state arts agencies and awards, and coordinate the National Finals. With this support, the Alaska State Council on the Arts will work in partnership with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and communities and districts across Alaska to encourage participation.
The NEA and Poetry Foundation provide participating schools with free, standards-based curriculum materials, including an online poetry anthology containing more than 800 classic and contemporary poems, a teacher's guide, lesson plans, posters, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these resources at
How to get involved in Poetry Out Loud
High school teachers and students (grades 9-12) interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the National POL curriculum takes one to three weeks if fully implemented in a classroom, and is often incorporated into existing poetry units. High schools must register by October 16th, 2015 online at to participate. Though it is recommended that teachers and students complete the full curriculum in the classroom, it is not required to participate in Poetry Out Loud. The Alaska State Council on the Arts will determine eligibility to take part in the official Poetry Out Loud program for Alaska. Those with questions about eligibility should contact the Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, and the state program will make every effort to accommodate the diversity of educational contexts in Alaska. Schools that are not in the official program may conduct their own contests, using online resources.
On September 10 and September 16 the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Alaska State Council on the Arts will host informational teleconferences for teachers, administrators and parents who want to know more about the program. We will discuss the resources available, process for schools, registration and any other questions. Contact Sara Radke Brown, Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, at or visit for more information. RSVP for one of the teleconferences at
Poetry Out Loud awards
Students who participate in the official Poetry Out Loud program may be eligible to compete in state and National Finals. Each state's champion will receive $200 and an all expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state champion's school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
Online registration form: 

Additional information, poems and teaching resources for Poetry Out Loud:

ASCA Notices
Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are open for FY16.   

2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities | The nomination form can be found at The categories this year are: Arts Advocacy, Business Leadership, Individual Artist and the Margaret Nick Cooke Award. Nomination deadline is September 15.  

ASCA 2nd Quarter Teleconference | October 2, 2015, noon-1:30 pm

Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline for Schools | October 16, 2015 | Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. Visit the Alaska Poetry Out Loud website for complete information and registration.  

Artists in Schools and Statewide Teaching Artist Roster Round II Deadline for FY16 | Nov. 1, 2015. For information about the Artist in Schools program, click here. For information about the Statewide Teaching Artist Roster, click here.    

Round II FY16 Cultural Collaborations Project Grant Deadline | December 1, 2015
For information about Cultural Collaborations grants, click here.

Quarterly Grants for Individuals Deadline | December 1, 2015. For information about Master Artist and Apprentice and Career Opportunity grants, click here.

Quarterly Grants for Organizations Deadline | December 1, 2015.For information about Community Arts Development grants, Workshop grants and the Helen Walker Performing Arts Presenting and Touring grant, click here. Harper Arts Touring Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis, 90 days prior to the event. Click here for more information, including guidelines
and grant application.

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 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, 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
Training Academy | Sitka, AK   
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Art Budget: $15,000

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. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at:
Nome State Office Building | Nome, AK   
Deadline: September 30,2015
Art Budget $87, 400

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. Applications will be accepted online
through CaFE at
Douglas Island Building | Douglas, AK   
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Art Budget: $122,445
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. Applications will be accepted online
only through CaFE at

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.

Call for Entries | Technology + Art
Deadline: September 30, 2015

Submit your projects for the October issue of CODA magazine onTechnology + Art - collaborative projects which are digital, innovative, interactive, and installation based. Projects can be in any category, in any medium, from any place on the globe. Click here for more information.
Call for Entries | 2015 CODA Video Awards
The CODA Video Awards are open to all individuals involved in the creation of commissioned artwork and the video professionals who document their process.
Accepting entries in 5 categories:
The best videos in this category will celebrate the entire design + art project's team and their synergistic working relationship.   
The best videos in this category will delve into the concepts behind the project, highlighting the decisions made and their outcomes.
The best videos in this category will show the physical transformation of a space during the creation and installation processes.   
The best videos in this category will transport the viewer into the project's space and capture the fleeting moments behind experiencing a piece for the first time.   
New this year! The best videos in this category will capture the viewer's imagination, with conceptual CGI or digital illustrations of art + design pieces, in ways that can only exist in video.
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
Free Grant Writing Workshops
September 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. 

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
Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant Opportunity
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015
Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortiums of three U. S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles (consisting of 2-10 musicians each) to perform at each presenter's venue. Incentives are available to each consortium that invites one of the CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensembles to perform its entire CMA commission.
For grant application, guidelines and more information, click here.

Education and Youth  
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.

National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) Grant applications open for members Deadline: October 1, 2015

NAEF funding supports a wide variety of professional activities, including research in art education, scholarships for professional development, promotion of art education as an integral part of the curriculum; establishment and/or improvement of art instruction in public and private K-16 schools; promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom behavior, management, or discipline; and purchase of art equipment and/or instructional resources
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. View descriptions below.

The Foundation was established as an independent, sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to provide support for a variety of art education programs. Foundation grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized affiliates. All applicants must have been a member of NAEA as of October 1, 2014 in order to be eligible to apply for these grants. Please note that the proposals must be mailed to NAEF and cannot be submitted electronically. We look forward to receiving this year's proposals.

Visit the website at  for complete information.

Alaska Society for Technology in Education Calls for Conference Presenters | What if: It is Possible 
Deadline: October 1st 

Proposals will be  accepted for  ½-hour, 1-hour, 2-hour or 4-hour presentation sessions. ASTE 2016 Conference is February 20th through February 23rd, 2016 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska.

Each 4-hour session selected to be included in the ASTE 2016 Conference program is eligible to receive a discount on one ASTE registration equal to the value of a one-day registration to the conference. The discount cannot be split between multiple presenters, and sessions that are less than 4-hours cannot be combined and then be eligible for the discount. All presenters are expected to register for the ASTE 2016 Conference, and as registered attendees are invited to participate in the keynotes, collaborative environment, meals and other special events provided at the conference.

CATEGORIES:  We encourage you to submit presentations that fall under one of the following categories:
  • STEM - (Network)
  • Distance Learning - (Network)
  • Disrupting the Institution -(Network)
  • Creativity and Communication - (Network)
  • Project-based Learning
  • Career and Technical
  • 1-1 and/or BYOD implementation
  • IT - Technical Sessions (Network)
  • Early Childhood
Primary consideration will be given to work that provides insight into the evolving nature of the use of technology and education that can translate to classroom applications,  specifically those presentations that are theme focused and/or student lead. Submissions will be reviewed by a program committee. Selections will be notified by November 1st, 2015. Information about the conference is available on the ASTE website. Submit proposals at

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 at Note: There is a $35 (non-refundable) application fee per category. Fee waivers are available.  
Professional Development

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.


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


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

Vermont Studio Center Residencies and Fellowships
Application deadline: October 1, 2015
The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 40+ fellowship awards for visual artists and writers, including:
  • Windgate Craft Artist Fellowships for visual artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood (includes $1000 stipend)
  • James Merrill Poetry Fellowships for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 stipend)
  • Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC (includes $1,500 stipend)
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Artist's Resource Trust Fellowship, and 25 VSC Fellowships.
For a complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit

The Anchorage Symphony is looking for a Patron Services and Office Manager, responsible for general office administrative duties, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and all ticket functions.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
Please send cover letter, resumé and 3 references to 
Call 274-8668 with any questions. For a complete job description, click here.
Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator
The Anchorage Museum is currently recruiting for a full-time Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator to provide high-level administrative and managerial support for the museum; with particular attention paid to the Museum Director and the Board of Directors. This position provides advanced and confidential administrative support and facilitates the executive administrative offices through performance of reception and clerical duties and assists with managing projects; ranging from curatorial to strategic, within the Museum Director's office. For complete description, click here.  
The Anchorage Museum is currently recruiting for a full-time Educator in its Discovery Center. Under the general direction of the Programs & Planetarium Manager, the Educator is responsible for the development and delivery of education programming that crosses discipline boundaries and uses the talents and knowledge of staff and the material and intangible resources of the Anchorage Museum in order to provide innovative experiences that enhance understanding and foster curiosity about Alaska and the circumpolar North. For complete description, click here.

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)

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