November 2015 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Spotlight on Public Art
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Shannon
I am pleased to announce the artist recipients of the 2015 Alaska Literary Awards and the 2015 Connie Boochever Fellowships, which are provided by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation in partnership with ASCA. 

The Connie Boochever Fellows are:
  • Ellen Frankenstein, film, Sitka
  • John Hagen, photography, Haines
  • Enzina Marrari, multi-media, Anchorage
  • Austin Parkhill, painting, Homer
The purpose of the Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship is to recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. The Connie Boochever Fellowship was established to honor and reflect the spirited passion of the arts Mrs. Boochever consistently demonstrated, and to further the message she championed throughout her life: That the arts are important to the citizens of Alaska and worthy of significant support from individuals, businesses and corporations.

The Alaska Literary Awardees are:
  • Christine Byl, fiction, Healy
  • Alyse Knorr, poetry, Anchorage
  • Kyle Mellen, fiction, Fairbanks
  • Jill Osier, poetry, Fairbanks
The Alaska Literary Awards recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. The annual Alaska Literary Awards are made possible by Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli through their generous endowment of this program.

Congratulations to these worthy awardees!   
Sitka School District Accepted into the League of Innovative Schools 
Sitka School District is one of 22 school districts recently accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.
Sitka School District was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.
"The Sitka School District values our students, and one way that we show this is in our approach to offering a well-rounded education. Specifically, we are committed to honoring the community's values of arts, culture, and technology, and are integrating learning in these areas into academic content throughout the district. Being part of the League of Innovative Schools offers us an opportunity to learn from others and extend our own ideas when it comes to ways to meet student's needs," said Superintendent and ASCA council member Dr. Mary Wegner.
The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once a year. With the new members, the League now includes 73 school districts in 33 states, representing 3.2 million students. The full list of members, as well as complete information about the work of the League, can be found at

Anna Lance, Alaska National Student Poet    
A National Student Poet was appointed from Alaska at an awards ceremony at the White House on October 8. Anna Lance, age 17, a student at West High School in Anchorage is one of five outstanding high school student poets, who was awarded the nation's highest honor for original work. In a private ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama presented each with a pin reflecting their role as a national poetry ambassador for the coming year.
As a poetry ambassador, Anna will represent her region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Wyoming and Hawaii. Anna and the other poets will each develop a community service project and participate in an event during National Poetry Month 2015, where they will promote reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry among youth and people of all ages. Read the complete entire press release here. For more information about the National Student Poets program, click here.
Alaska Artists Selected for Out-of-state Residencies
Rasmuson Foundation announces the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2016 Artist Residency Program. Alaska artists selected for the program are Sara Tabbert (Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH), Rosemary McGuire ( Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside, CA), Peter Williams (Santa Fe Art Institute, NM) and Sheila Wyne (McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC). For the press release, click here.  

Rasmuson Foundation Tier 1 Awards Announced
In the third quarter of 2015, Rasmuson Foundation made 43 Tier 1 awards for a total of $826,634. For an alphabetized list of awards, click here. The Tier 1 program is a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation's grantmaking and provides grants up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology upgrades, capacity building, program expansion and creative works. Applications are accepted year-round.

Spotlight on Public Art | John Coyne
John Coyne working on caribou sculpture for the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome.
Photo by Benjamin Roberts, Iowa City Press Citizen

This month we asked artist John Coyne from Anchorage (formerly Fairbanks) for his thoughts about public art.

Which of your experiences and skills are most relevant to your approach to making public art?
As for experiences I'd have to say that going abroad has been a major influence. Among my travels I had spent a year in India, and this had a profound effect on my life and on my work. Years later most of my art was directly or indirectly related to India, but Alaska has changed all that. Before moving here, living in India was one of the most intense and relevant things I had ever done, and I expressed this in my paintings and sculpture. Now all of my work is related to Alaska and I absolutely love this place.

Regarding your latest commission, why was the theme of history and honor of particular interest to you for the Palmer Pioneer and Veterans' home project?
My Grandparents were homesteaders in Palmer, back in the '40s, so I like to think of that place as my ancestral home. As a veteran of the United States Navy, this commission was especially meaningful.

John's most recent installation at Palmer Pioneer and Veteran's Home:
Palmer (above) and The Last March (right), cast aluminum, 2015.

Commissioned by the State of Alaska. Photos by John Coyne.

What has the Percent for Art Program meant to you and your career so far?
The Percent for Art Program has had an indelible and positive effect on my career and through this program I've had the opportunity to complete three separate commissions.

The first one, "Fall Migration" was for the Norton Sound Health Corporation's new hospital in Nome. "Fall Migration" was a cast metal wall relief sculpture measuring 47 feet in length and 10 feet in height. The scale and complexity of this piece was beyond anything I'd ever done, and for me it was profound learning experience.

The second installation, "Dena'ina Rising" consisted of five cast metal ravens with six-foot wingspans. Four of the ravens are suspended and each one clutches a plaque with an inscribed word from the Dena'ina language. The ravens are hung at fifteen feet in height between eight diagonal pillars that support an oculus. The installation of this piece was a distinct logistical challenge and I believe it honed my skills at problem solving. This piece can be seen at the Dena'ina Wellness Center in the city of Kenai.

My most recent set of matching works, "Palmer" and "The Last March", provided the opportunity to work with the selection committee in an exchange of ideas and visual concepts. None of this would have been possible without the Percent for Art program.

John Coyne during production of a series of raven sculptures for the
Dena'ina Wellness Center in the city of Kenai. Photo by Benjamin Roberts, Iowa City Press Citizen.
Additional stories about John Coyne's public art projects mentioned above can be found at:

ASCA Notices
Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants are open for FY16 on a rolling deadline. For guidelines, information and application, 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
Artists in Schools and Statewide Teaching Artist Roster Panel | December 3, 2015 

2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities | January 28, 2016, Juneau, AK   

What's Your Art Story?  
The NEA turned 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. To read the stories of Alaskans who have already contributed to the celebration of the NEA's 50th Anniversary, go to the United States of Arts page at We hope you will share your own story of impact and meaning through the arts!  

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Call for Art | 11th Annual Small Works Show at 440 Gallery
Deadline for submissions:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

440 Gallery  is hosting its 11th Annual Small Works Show. This juried exhibition will feature any artwork which is no more than 12" in scale, including framing or mounting. The exhibition will run from Thursday, December 10, 2015 through Sunday, January 10, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, December 10 from 6:00-9:00 PM.
Eligibility: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old. Work must be no more than 12" in any direction including the framing or mounting, or video monitors. There is no theme, all media is welcome, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture in any medium and digital media. All work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. The fee is $35 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here for entry form. 
2016 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming
Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015
The CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming recognize professional ensembles and presenters for outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.  The Awards are made possible by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and are administered by Chamber Music America.
Award recipients will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque, and will be honored in New York City at the CMA National Conference, January 7-10, 2016.
Awards are given to ensembles and presenters in each of the following categories: contemporary classical chamber music, jazz and mixed repertory. An application workshop will take place on October 27 at 3:00 PM (Eastern) by conference call. Click here for guidelines, application form and FAQs.  
Applications must be submitted in hard-copy and received no later than Friday, November 13, 2015, 5:00 PM, Eastern Time to CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, Chamber Music America, 12 West 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York City, NY  10001. For more information, contact Susan Dadian, Program Director, CMA Classical/Contemporary (212) 242-2022, ext. 102,
Call for Art | Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, WA 
Application Deadline: November 23, 2015, 11:59pm

RFQ #J2015-17
Opportunity 1, Jellies Ramp: $150,000, all-inclusive
Opportunity 2, Marine Discovery Ramp: $150,000, all-inclusive

Eligibility: Artists living in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State, or British Columbia
Call to Artists: Visit

Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team for each of two opportunities for the new Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) in Tacoma, WA.

Artists are invited to create immersive installations in two separate but related locations that engage visitors and reflect the main interpretive theme: We share the ocean and the responsibility to protect it. Successful projects will include suspended indoor artworks and consider opportunities for engaging the entire space. The selected artists will work with the design team to integrate the artwork into the building, and with the interpretive team to coordinate messaging around the subthemes developed for the facility. The selected artists or teams should have experience addressing or responding to social and/or environmental themes through their artwork.

In November 2014, Metro Parks' Board of Directors approved a Public Art Policy, which dedicates one percent of public construction dollars to the creation of public artworks. These projects at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be the first artworks commissioned through Metro Parks' new public art program.

This call is being managed by the City of Tacoma's Arts Program.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Solverson at, (253) 591-5564
Call for Artists | Alaska State Council on the Arts and thread
Deadline: December 1, 2015. Applications are on

thread, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, is looking for ten Alaskan artists to create 30 pieces of artwork with young children in local early care and learning programs to celebrating its 30th anniversary. This project is titled ABC - Art By Children.

Up to ten artists may be selected to create 1-5 artworks each. The artist fee for each artwork is $500,
not including materials. Artists may request materials in coordination with thread, based on available funds. The total number of artworks will be determined by how many thread sites participate throughout the state.

Selected artists will visit thread learning environments and provide art instruction for children ranging in ages 1-5. Artists and children will work collaboratively to create one artwork per site. The completed artworks will become the property of thread and will be displayed at the organization's fundraising event in late April 2016 in Anchorage.

Call for Entries | Alaska Design Forum Future Tents Design Challenge
Deadline: December 11, 2015
In association with the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Design Forum (ADF) is hosting the Future Tents design challenge. Future Tents encourages entrants to develop contemporary 'tent' designs which present solutions to inhabiting our northern wilderness or re-think temporary outdoor structures.

Submissions of projects can be a series of up to five (total) images in digital form: drawings, renderings, photos or otherwise. Descriptive text must be 500 words or less and can be one additional document for a total of 6 files. File specifics will be released upon payment receipt for entry. Entrants should consider possible fabrication of their design if chosen.

Early bird entry fees are $20 per team from November 3 - November 30. After December 1, the entry fee is $25 per team.

For more information, including registration and payment information, visit the Alaska Design Forum website.  

Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015

Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking artists, craftsmen, and makers in the Northwest (AK, BC, ID, MT, OR & WA) working in the medium of metal to apply to the BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis (September 2, 2016 - late January, 2017).

Entrants are invited to take a creative approach to the medium and pursue the Biennial as an opportunity to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. Proposals for new work are encouraged. Click here for more information, prospectus and application.
Contact Nancy Tom, curatorial intern for the Bellevue Arts Museum, with questions.
Call for Art | Alaska Humanities Forum
Deadline: ongoing 

The Alaska Humanities Forum is accepting proposals for its humanities and art series, Second Friday @ The Forum. Visual, literary and performance artists are invited to submit proposals. The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is "to tell the stories and impact the lives of all Alaskans." Proposals that use the humanities as a point of departure will be highly considered. In addition to exhibiting work at the Forum, the artist or artists are asked to give a short and informal discussion of their work relating to the Forum's mission.

The Forum provides a Second Friday reception with food and libations, marketing and support, publicity via press releases, email communications, blog posts, posters and social media, as well as a beautiful exhibit space in our office gallery.

Submission Details:
  • Include a recent resume and/or bio.
  • Include a statement about the new work you would create for your exhibition at the Forum and how the exhibition opportunity would help you develop your work.
  • Between three and 10 images representing your body of artwork. Please make sure your images do not exceed 1MB each. Digital entries only.
  • A list providing information for the submitted images including: titles, media, size and year.
  • Suggest a month and year you would like to exhibit
Email your exhibition proposal to: For questions and more information, please call the Alaska Humanities Forum at (907) 272-5341.
Call for Art | Chaos: National Juried Exhibition 2016
Deadline:  February 21st, 2016
Categories: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. A juror's award of $250 will be presented to each of the three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme of Chaos.
Exhibition Dates: May 7, 2016 - June 25, 2016 at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA  94103, 415-298-7969,
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art: Blue Marble | National Juried Exhibition
Juror: Patricia Watts
Deadline for Entry: March 19, 2016
Blue Marble refers to the spectacular color image of Planet Earth taken with NASA's Moderate Resolution Imagining Spectroradiometer.  The theme for this exhibition welcomes who delve into subjects, themes, and motifs that have to do with our planet.  Contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any media, including paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, and fine craft produced within the last two years is appropriate.  2D work should not exceed 36 inches in the longest dimension.  3D work should not exceed 24 inches in the longest dimension and not more than 60 pounds for the whole piece.  The exhibition is open to artists living the United States over the age of 18. Click here  for more information and entry form. 
Patricia Watts will be the juror for Blue Marble. She is founder and west coast curator of Ecoartspace and has curated over thirty art and ecology exhibitions. Contact Ruta Skaliiklis for more information at

Bears: an Art / Science Collaborative
Deadline to express intent to participate: March 1, 2016
Artwork due: April 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
The Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska is embarking on an Art / Science Collaborative project focusing on Brown and Black Bears of the lower Cook Inlet region. In conjunction with a series of presentations and special programs beginning in October 2015, the Pratt is extending an open call to Alaska artists to participate in a non-juried show, which will run May 6 through July 31, 2016. Artists are encouraged to attend the preceding events for inspiration. Click here to read the press release. 
Alaskan artists may submit one work. Deadline to submit your intent to participate is March 1, 2016, with work due to the museum by April 29 at 5:00 p.m. For a project overview, events, resources, submission form, and for any additional questions, please visit

Grants and Funding
a blade of grass (ABOG) Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art
Deadline for Letters of Interest: November 20, 2015

ABOG provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. ABOG Fellows work in leadership roles and in partnership with communities to enact social change. The fellowship is a year-long funding relationship and participants receive $20,000 in project support. Fellows become active members in a cohort and participants in a program that provides them evaluation support and assistance throughout the course of the artists' work in the community. Eligible applicants include independent artists or artist collectives, artist(s) must be over the age of 25 and projects must directly engage with a specific community or communities.

Funds socially engaged projects in which art is a catalyst for social change.
Funds projects that feature artists in leadership roles.
Funds dialogue-based projects that emphasize sustainable partnerships with communities.
Funds projects in which artists engage community members as equal partners.
Funds projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process.
Values process over product: relationship building and problem solving are key goals.
Provides funding with minimal restriction, and budget line items may include things like living expenses that are not direct project expenses.
Funds artists working nationwide, as well as artists based in the US who are working internationally.

For complete information, application and guidelines, visit
CIRD Call for Host Communities
Proposals due January 12, 2016
The Citizens Institute on Rural Design has announced a Request for Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. The call for host communities for 2016-2017 is intended to help small towns and rural communities, with populations of 50,000 or less, build their capacity and acquire technical expertise to solve their design challenges. As many as six communities will be selected, and receive a $10,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise from CIRD to host a two-and-a-half-day workshop.  CIRD will assemble a resource team of subject matter experts to guide the community in addressing the challenges identified by the specific community.
A webinar is being offered to provide more information about the program and process:
Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:00 EST

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants available to libraries
Deadline: January 25, 2016

Two Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are given annually.
- The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant will provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs.
- The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant will provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative.

These two grants will support and encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium. The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community. This program is administered by the American Library Association Gaming Round Table & Comics Member Initiative Group
For complete information and application materials go to the website at

Education and Youth
The Center on School Turnaround Releases Publication on Arts Integration
The Center on School Turnaround recently released a new publication that connects the dots between arts integration, students' personal competencies, and school turnaround. View the publication here.
Carnegie Hall Launces NYO2
Nominate a student by December 1, 2015

In the summer of 2016, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will launch the first season of NYO2, a two-week, intensive summer training program for outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14-17 from communities that are underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America's annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 will offer an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. The program culminates in an exciting side-by-side performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities. There is no fee to apply. A formal nomination is required as part of the application. Go to for complete information and to nominate a student.

Doodle 4 Google Open for K-12 Entries
Deadline: December 7, 2015
From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we're asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner's artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day.
For this year's contest, students can create a doodle that tells the world "What makes" Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they can use all kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to graphic design, even food and video games.
Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from October 19, 2015 to December 7, 2015. For complete information and classroom activities, visit the website at
Dance Education: Standards in Action Conference
January 29-31, 2016 | Berkeley, CA
The National Dance Education Organization, in collaboration with the California Dance Education Association will present a conference In order to assist educators with implementing the standards in their studios and classrooms. NDEO is offering a series of Regional Special Topic Conferences focused on training educators from all sectors on the content of the standards and how to implement them in the studio and classroom. Members of the Dance Writing Task Force will be on hand to train teachers to use the standards and develop Model Cornerstone Assessments, while real life Early Adopters of the standards will be available to provide real-world feedback on what it is like to implement the standards in their schools. Visit the conference site for complete conference information and registration.
ASTE 2016 iDidaContest is open!
Deadline: January 31, 2016

ASTE is well known for its iDidaMovie Contest and for encouraging creativity and technology in Alaskan schools through this contest. The 2012 Alaska State Legislature issued a proclamation of appreciation to ASTE for this outstanding effort. Be part of the excitement and encourage your students to enter a photo, movie, podcast or original music in this year's contest.
For Complete information and registration, visit the website at
Author of Books for Young Adults and Children to Visit Alaska
The Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkLA) has announced its 2015/2016 Spirit of Reading selection, Matt de la Peña, acclaimed author of books for young adults and children. His book The Living is currently a high school Battle of the Books selection.
The author will visit Fairbanks and surrounding regions on March 7-12. He will visit schools, libraries, and youth facilities. Please email the program at if you are interested in an author visit. Schools outside the Fairbanks area will be able to participate through video and teleconferencing and through participation in live radio programs. More information about Mr. de la Peña and his books can be found at
The program will lend class sets (20-25) of the following books: We Were Here, Ball Don't Lie, Curse of the Ancients, Last Stop on Market Street, The Living, Mexican WhiteBoy, Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Please let the program know if you are interested in a title. They will mail them to you. Your only expense will be returning the books or sending them on to another site.

Professional Development
Foraker Group Classes in November and December

Enrich your management skills, strengthen your understanding of your role as a board member, or start your journey in nonprofit best practices with Foraker community classes. Highlights of the November and December class offerings include:
Nonprofit fiscal forums in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Bethel
Pick.Click.Give. marketing and communication classes
An opportunity to learn about Medicaid Reform
Three new classes: Building a Culture of Advocacy, The Power of a Fund Development Plan, and Developing your Theory of Change
See the class calendar ( on the Foraker Group website to see a complete list of offerings and information.
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

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

The Anchorage Museum is seeking applicants for the following positions:
This position is responsible for assisting with the creation, design, production, and installation of museum graphics including exhibition graphics and labels, program identities and flyers, illustrations info-graphics, and digital media. This position also creates and edits visual media for the museum, including photography and video for exhibition, program and online platforms. The incumbent will participate in all facets of design and production, including graphic, photo, digital media, and video production.
The Anchorage Museum is currently recruiting for a full-time Curator of Contemporary Culture to support and help advance the museum's temporary exhibitions program and an expanded role for the museum's collection. The Curator will help advance special projects and initiatives of the Museum Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs. The Curator of Contemporary Culture will serve as a catalyst that engages today's leading creators and thinkers who challenge us to look at our world anew, show us historical linkages, and point us to future possibilities. Contemporary Culture is a broad area that offers many points of entry. As an encyclopedic museum of art, history, culture and science of the North, the Anchorage Museum is about making connections and encouraging conversations, and this position provides opportunities to intersect ideas across disciplines and time.
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
FSAF is currently looking to hire new winter staff! If you are interested in any of the job descriptions below or know someone who might be a good fit, please send a resume and cover letter to Emilie Wright, Operations and Communications Manager at

Kawerak is recruiting for the Alaska Native Cultural Center Director in Nome
Interested individuals may contact Human Resources with questions at 907-443-5231.
Applications can be accessed via Kawerak's website at or by contacting Human Resources at 907-443-5231.  Applications may be faxed to Kawerak Human Resources at 907-443-4443 or sent via email to by October 5th.
Read the complete job description here.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY is an artist residency program that has provided free studio space to 17 artists through yearlong residencies annually since 1991.

The program (previously known as the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program) will open their application period January 1 - February 15, 2016 for September 2016- August 2017 residencies. For more information, contact Kate Gavriel at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program,
Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program
Deadline: February 1st, 2016    

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Alaska and northern British Columbia. The same 53 km that tested Chilkoot Tlingit traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders is now a hikers' paradise. Average modern hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas the artists will spend two weeks on the Trail interacting with hikers, making art, and engaging with the site's natural and historic heritage. During and following their residencies, artists will present public outreach programs such as talks, workshops and demonstrations. 
Program information and applications are available at  For further information, please contact Katie Newman, Marketing Director, Yukon Arts Centre, 1-867-393-7108,

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)  
Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)
Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
Patrick Race (Juneau)
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
Jeffry Silverman (Anchorage)
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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