December 2015 ASCA News 

detail of Celestial Cascade, by Ben Volta for the McLaughlin Youth Center, Anchorage. 
In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
2016 Governor's Awards
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 very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities! 

They are:

Governor's Awards for the Arts
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: June Rogers, Fairbanks 
  • Individual Artist Award: Pat Garley, Palmer
  • Arts Advocacy Award: Nancy DeCherney, Juneau
  • Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages:  Vicki Soboleff, Juneau
Distinguished Service to the Humanities
  • Cyrano's Theatre Company, Anchorage
  • Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections, Juneau
  • Lucy "Ahvaiyak" Richards, Iñupiaq Language Instructor, Barrow
  • Alaska Studies Educator of the YearMarc Swanson, Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Curriculum Developer, Seward 
We are thrilled to honor these tremendous individuals and organizations that contribute so much to our lives in Alaska. We hope you can join us at the Governor's Awards ceremony in Juneau on January 28, 2016. If not, please be sure to watch the live broadcast on Alaska Public television!

You are invited!

To buy tickets to the VIP reception, go to

To buy tickets to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony,
go to

NEA Logo Congratulations to the five Alaskan organizations who have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in the most recent round of grants! They are:
  • Anchorage Concert Association | Anchorage, AK | $25,000
  • Perseverance Theatre, Inc. | Douglas, AK | $10,000
  • Hoonah City Schools | Hoonah, AK | $20,000
  • Juneau Jazz & Classics, Inc. | Juneau, AK | $12,500
  • Sitka Summer Music Festival, Inc. | Sitka, AK | $15,000
These funds will support festival programming, touring and outreach in rural Alaska, Singing our Way back to Homeland: a Traditional Tlingit Song Writing Workshop, and production of a new rock musical "Into the Wild". For complete descriptions of the grant awards, and the full, Fall Grant Announcement from the NEA, visit

Spotlight on Public Art | Benjamin Volta
Detail, Celestial Cascade by Ben Volta.
This month we interview artist Benjamin Volta. Ben partners with others to create artworks rooted in an exploratory and educational process. His studio is located within Olivet Covenant Church in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Ben was selected by the McLaughlin Youth Facility Art Committee comprised of Anchorage community members, including an architect, a project manager, an artist and a facility manager.
His most recent public work was installed at McLaughlin Youth Center, a facility for incarcerated youth in Anchorage, Alaska. 

What are some of your experiences and skills that have informed your approach to making public art? 

BV: In a community where there is genuine need, fractured social structures, and broken schools, the response to those needs yields a very distinctive sort of creative process. Unexpected things can happen in a space where art not only beautifies but dynamically forges a new unity and strength, in a symbiotic manner built upon input from the students and community: input that is spontaneous and often surprising. I enjoy fielding these spontaneous contributions as an integral part of my creative process. If I were working in a context of high-functioning systems where art had a settled role to play, my process and the kind of works I produced would be quite different.
I have found that using certain design constraints as a scaffolding for creativity is a fruitful approach, creating diversity in the work while maintaining cohesiveness. When participants trace over digital imagery, the barriers of artist and non-artist begin to break down. A democratic and critical dialogue takes place around the drawings and it becomes easy to ask: How are the drawings changing how we think about our subject? Are any patterns emerging in the drawing fragments? How do we best express this thought pattern or idea? When we merge the fragments together, does something appear that is more than the sum of its parts?
Celestial Cascade, 2,034 plexi-glass slats surfaced
with paper and mirrors, by Ben Volta
for the McLaughlin Youth Center, Anchorage. 

This is why, looking at my work, you will see a layering process within the physical material that often includes the site, scale, line, color, and collage. These formal considerations are underwritten with conceptual concerns that layer explorations in the social, historical and political context. Within the work there is always a play between intention and chance. The work expresses explorations of the "one and the many" and the "singular and the collective" as material and assemblage.
Regarding your newest work in Anchorage, how did the residents at McLaughlin Youth Center respond to your artwork?
BV: Each time the residents passed through the day room I could sense the excitement and anticipation over the progression of the sculpture installation. I received many wondrous looks and questions about what I was doing and why.
On my final day I was able to share my extended work with K-12 students and recently incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. I included in my presentation a video recorded message from of my artist assistants who was also incarcerated as an adolescent. As a young adult he got into more trouble and spent over 12 years behind bars. As a returning citizen he has discovered his own creative voice as a visual and spoken word artist and is committed to inspiring others with similar stories to do the same. After my presentation we were all able to have an engaged dialogue about the sculpture and the impact art can have on the McLaughlin day room and community.
The art of the sculpted dome helps you open up your mind.
Embrace the beauty while you look towards the sky.
The following day as I was finishing the installation many of the residents approached me and shared how they were encouraged and inspired to explore their own talents in art, music and spoken word. Residents were talking about my assistant as if they had met him the day before and expressing to staff how they want to be sure not to fall into trouble again after their time at McLaughlin. One young man, who we will call Resident D., gave me a poem inspired by the sculpture.

What impact have your past Percent for Art projects had in your community and for you as an artist?  
BV: I recently installed a public art project, "Micro to Macro," in West Philadelphia at the Morton McMichael Public School. The 12,000 square foot mural is the culmination of an art and education initiative that stretched over fourteen months and included students, teachers, community members, and assistants. My concern was to listen and look for where I could help by mapping out specific and obtainable needs in the community. The micro needs at Morton McMichael included strengthening the students' skills in geometry and measurement. The macro needs centered around making art a visible expression of the community's life, generating big ideas and transforming the exterior of the school to make it look less institutional and more like a beacon of creativity and learning. The resulting work of public art reflects the complex collaborative process of meeting these needs.
One of my past initiatives at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School in North Philadelphia stretched over seven years and had an immense impact on the students and teachers, as well as on the development of my own work. I often grapple with the practical reality of sustaining funding for such projects, but my successes have come, I believe, because I put great care into the creative process. I am driven by a determination to find methods to make the work better, while remaining sensitive to the needs of my partners and stakeholders.
I have always been aware, sometimes painfully, of the problematic nature of creating art with others, especially disadvantaged youth. The immense complexity and suffering in certain situations has at times sent me into retreat and left me questioning my place and practice. I have opted to push through these barriers, determined to use art as a change catalyst for struggling support structures, to assist others in a process of mending, and to latch onto the process of making as a method of emancipation-for others and for myself.

Ben Volta's website is He can be found on Facebook as Benjamin Volta.

ASCA Notices
Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants
are open for FY16 on a rolling deadline. For guidelines, information and application, click here

Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations Excursion and Access Grants are open for FY16 on a rolling deadline. For guidelines, information and application, click here.  
Fairbanks Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition | January 27th, 2016 at the Noel Wein Library in Fairbanks

2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities | January 28, 2016, Juneau, AK   
Anchorage Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition | February 5, 2016 at the Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Public Library in Anchorage

Annual and Biennial Operating Support Grants Deadline for FY17 | March 1, 2016. For information about Operating Support grants, click here.

Rasmuson Foundation Arts Educator Fellowship Deadline | March 15, 2016. For more information click here.

Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition | March 15, 2016 in 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

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.
thread seeks visual artists to participate in "Art by Children" Project
Deadline: December 16, 2016

thread, ( a statewide network of professionals who work individually with families and early educators to ensure that they are knowledgeable and supported in guiding children to lifelong success, has a call out for teaching artists in Alaska to work with Pre-K students on a 30th anniversary project.

This is a great opportunity for teaching artists and artists who like to make visual art with Pre-K children. Honorarium is $500 per artwork created with children. Training/orientation will be provided through thread's anniversary project, "Art by Children." Application and information is available at Go to "View All Calls" and look for "Alaska State Council on the Arts: thread's 30th Anniversary Call for Artists." The deadline for proposals is Dec 16, 2015. The activities will be short term, and will take place January - March, 2016.

Call for Entries | Alaska Design Forum Future Tents Design Challenge
Extended Deadline: January 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.   
Annual Statewide Poetry Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2016, 6:00 pm
Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) is now accepting entries for the 22nd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest, judged by James Engelhardt. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high-quality poetry.
This year, FAA and KUAC are partnering to bring the poetry of the contest's winners to a larger audience; winners will be asked to record their poems for broadcast on KUAC's radio station FM 89.9 in celebration of Alaska's own poetry during National Poetry Month in April. The winners of the Statewide Poetry Contest will also be invited to read their poems alongside judge James Engelhardt at a special literary reading on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm at Fairbanks Arts Association's Bear Gallery (3rd Floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way).
Divisions: Awards:
Adult - 1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100 | 3rd Place $50
High School - 1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50 | 3rd Place $25
Elementary & Middle School - 1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30 | 3rd Place $15
Entry Fee: Grade, Middle and High School: $3 per poem or $10/four poems.
Adults: $4 per poem or $13/four poems.
For more information about the poetry contest, click here, visit, or call 907-456-6485 ext.226.
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
Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards to open in January
The Rasmuson Foundation will open the new award cycle for Individual Artist Awards in January. Resources for interested poetential applicants are available on the website, and include links to relevant blog posts, past awardees, and the Rasmuson Foundation youtube channel. Visit the Rasumson Foundation Individual Artist Awards page at

Alaska Historical Society announces Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative
Deadline: January 1, 2016
The Alaska Historical Society's announces their newest project, the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, and a small grant program intended to jump start projects across the state. Grants of up to $1000 are available to individuals, organizations, and businesses to advance seafood history projects around the state. Applications are due on January 1, 2016 and available at AHS's website at
AHS has also compiled an annotated bibliography with hundreds of entries that chart the history of Alaska's seafood industry. This is a must-have reference for anyone engaged in fisheries or the study of Alaska history. Check out Alaska Fisheries: A Guide to History Resources on the website at On the website you will also find the Alaska's Historic Canneries blog, a meeting-ground for fish heads. AHS is seeking guest bloggers to share not just historical information, but also stories about the summer you spent on the slime line. AHS is using #canneryhistory to showcase our marvelous historic canneries, vessels, and way of life. 
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities Media Projects
Development & Production Grants
Deadline: January 13, 2016

These National Endowment for the Humanities projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. For complete information and RFP materials visit the website at
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

National Endowment for the Arts | NEA Big Read
Deadline: January 27, 2016

NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and the participation of diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital guides, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. These grants are federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (CFDA No. 45.024: Promotion of the Arts_Awards to Organizations and Individuals) and may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, promotion, and venue rental. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds such as staff salaries and wages, private grants, in-kind contributions, and earned revenues. Visit the website at for complete guidelines and application.
ASCAP Foundation Funds for Young Composers
Deadline: February 1, 2016

Open to all composers of Original Concert Music (classical), The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. This program selects several young composer recipients each year to receive the cash awards. It is named in memory of eminent composer and conductor Morton Gould who was ASCAP's President from 1986 to 1994, as well as The ASCAP Foundation's President. He was also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and had a lifelong commitment to nurturing young creators. Established in 1979, this program is funded through the Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund and by The Morton Gould Fund. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship is made possible by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation for a composer 18 years of age or younger. For Complete information and application materials visit the website at
Education and Youth
The Center for Arts Education releases an Arts Education Parent Advocacy Toolkit
This tool kit includes plenty of great tips and strategies for parents, educators, and community members, to help expand arts education opportunities at public schools across the nation. The toolkit provides tips on fundraising, engaging school leaders and elected officials, supporting the arts at home, and more.

Alaska Society for Technology in Education
ASTE 2016 Conference, What if IT is Possible
ASTE invites you to its 36th educational technology event in Alaska, which will run from Saturday, February 20 -Tuesday, February 23. The conference includes teachers, technology personnel and school leadership teams and will feature inspiring keynote speakers on all four days, and dozens of technology sessions, workshops and presentations. The vendor Exhibit Hall and general assembly hall is open on Monday and Tuesday.
Complete information and registration for both the conference and the IDidaContest are available on the website at
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
Fund for Teachers
Deadline: January 28, 2016

Fund for Teachers provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences. FFT grants are used for an unlimited variety of projects; all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities. We believe that supporting teachers' active participation in their own professional growth, positively impacts student learning and achievement.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher and spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;
  • Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and
  • Has at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher.
Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000 (while team members may be from different schools, districts or states, all members must meet the eligibility criteria). Upon award, Fellows will receive 90 percent of their grant, the remaining 10 percent to be reimbursed upon completion of post-fellowship requirements. For complete information and application materials, visit the website at
2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program
Deadline: February 2, 2016

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House.In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2016, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award's Eligibility Criteria. ( Please make sure to sign up for updates if you would like to receive the application announcement. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m. PST. For Complete information and application materials 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
TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts:
Expanding Worlds
Boston University | February 25th-27th, 2016 

Traditionally, artists relied solely on galleries and dealers to support their art. They worked largely within the confines of their discipline and studio walls. Today numerous other options for artists also exist: More and more artists are managing their own careers, working in new formats and collaborating with people in different disciplines, both here and abroad.

Reflecting this new reality and picking up where the last Conference Engaging Minds left off, TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. For instance, panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice (on topics such as resources for funding and managing a studio practice), discuss how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promote possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions also will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

Questions: Please email Mary Sherman at . For complete information and registration visit the website at

Foraker Group Classes in 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
  • Building a Culture of Advocacy
  • The Power of a Fund Development Plan
  • 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 Alaska Arts Education Consortium is hiring Arts Institute Teacher Leaders for
Summer 2016
Deadline: December 13, 2016
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium ( is currently accepting applications for basic arts institutes and special topics institutes scheduled for summer 2016. Institutes will take place in Sitka, Juneau, Nome, Point Hope, Ketchikan and Fairbanks between June and August. Attached here is the job description for Summer Institute Teacher Leaders provided by AAEC. Complete information about each institute and the Teacher Leader application are available on their website at

AAEC is an Alaskan non-profit organization whose mission is to promote high achievement for all Alaskan students in and through the arts by:
  • Creating and sustaining communication networks
  • Initiating and strengthening community partnerships
  • Preparing and supporting educators through professional development.
Contact Annie Calkins with questions at

The Anchorage Museum is seeking applicants for the following positions: 
The Anchorage Museum is seeking an individual experienced in providing exceptional customer service and retail management for a full-time Front of House Manager. This dynamic position oversees museum visitor services and the Museum Shop. The Front of House Manager is responsible for setting the tone of customer service throughout the museum. This position will provide support services to all front of house operations as well as support for museum programs, group tours, school events, shop visitors and book signings, events, and library patrons. The position keeps statistics and accounting for administration and marketing, and development with respect to admissions, school tour participation, and revenue derived from admission and event attendance. Overseeing the Museum Shop Manager and Lead Buyer, the Front of House Manager ensures sound retail and management practices in the shop, looks for opportunities to increase revenue, and upholds high standards of design and customer services in all areas.
The Anchorage Museum is seeking a individual with extensive experience in technology and media projects for our Associate Director of Media and Technology. This position works as a functional project leader and technical expert for the museum, with oversight and collaboration from the Director and CEO.
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.
This position provides visitor-centered curatorial content and planning to ensure that the museum's interdisciplinary collections, exhibitions, and public programs balance the highest quality of scholarship and innovation, while providing an outstanding visitor experience and meeting the interests of a diverse audience. 

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)

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