January 2016 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
2016 Governor's Awards
Alaska Art Standards
Partner News
Spotlight on Community
ASCA Notices
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Shannon
Happy New Year! I hope you all have recovered from a joyous holiday season and are easing into a healthy and prosperous 2016 so far. 

At ASCA world headquarters we have been busy working to make the upcoming Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities the best yet! One of the most fun, but most difficult, selections we make every year is who will perform. I am very pleased to announce the featured performers for the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities:

For the third year, Alaska Museums, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation/ASCA and the Alaska Humanities Forum are hosting CHAMP day in advance of the Governor's Awards. Registration for the 2016 CHAMP (Culture, Humanities, Arts and Museums Partners) legislative fly-in is now open at http://bit.ly/CHAMP2016. Registration is free. CHAMP is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and meet with your elected officials to let them know about all the great work you're doing to serve your community through the arts and culture. We hope you can join us!

For tickets to the VIP reception, go to bit.ly/GovernorsAwardsVIP2016

For tickets to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony,
go to bit.ly/GovernorsAwards2016

Alaska Arts Standards: On the Move
For the first time in nineteen years the State Standards in the Arts have been revised - a landmark event for the arts and for education in general in Alaska. The voluntary content standards, established by regulation in 1996, provide districts with guidance for curriculum and instruction about what we want all Alaska students to know and be able to do throughout their years of schooling. The Arts Standards include Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, and, for the first time, Media Arts. They reflect the essential processes for all arts - Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting. There are also 11 "anchor standards" aligned these four processes, which further detail what Alaskan students should be able to do, including such things as "perform, present and produce artistic work."
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium, the statewide non-profit organization whose primary mission is to increase learning in and through the arts, led the standards revision effort, with support from ASCA and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The hope is that, among other things, standards will "improve student engagement, learning, growth and achievement in and through the arts" and "strengthen critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity." The Arts is the first content area aside from Math and Language Arts to be updated since the original standards were developed; they lead the way for other subjects -- science and social studies, for example -- to begin the important process of revision to reflect what we value in education.
A 26-person task force from across the state and each arts discipline, along with representatives from local arts councils, museums, the University of Alaska, district administrators, native organizations and professional arts education organizations, worked diligently over the last year to draft these new standards. Their initial charge was to Think Big. Think Alaska. Task force members remarked, "I appreciated the iterative nature of our work, and the way we all had opportunities to comment and have real discourse as a team" and "By having several community groups and other interested members involved, the arts were well represented from a wide range of stakeholders...not just the public school system. The diverse participation helped to provide a much larger focus."
From L to R: Crista Cady- KPBSD Music Educator and President of the Alaska Music Educator's Association; Les Morse-Deputy Commissioner, SOA Dept. of Education and Early Development; Dr. Annie Calkins--Art Standards Task Force Project Leader; Shannon Daut--Executive Director of ASCA; Mary Wilts--Anchorage School District Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator. Photo taken at the ASD District Office after presentation to the SOA Board of Education.
The standards work was done in response to a key recommendation from the 2014 ASCA Ventures for Alaska's Youth report, which summarized the status of arts education in Alaska's 54 districts. 

In mid-December, the Alaska State Board of Education sent the proposed revised Alaska Arts Standards out for public comment. 

We encourage arts education supporters to review the new standards and provide public comment. The deadline for submitting comments to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is Friday, February 12. Please go to https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm, and follow the instructions to offer your thoughts. For successful adoption of the standards, it is vital that those who appreciate and understand the importance of the arts and cultural arts in the education of all Alaskan students provide their thoughts and ideas to the State Board, who will review comments and vote on adopting the Alaska Arts Standards at their March meeting.

News from Our Partners | Rasmuson Foundation
Individual Artist Awards and ArtPlace

Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards Application Open Rasmuson color logo
Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for Individual Artist Awards. Resources for interested applicants are available on the website, and include links to relevant blog posts, past awardees, and the Rasmuson Foundation's YouTube channel. 

Visit the Rasumson Foundation Individual Artist Awards page at http://www.rasmuson.org/grants/individual-artist-awards/

ArtPlace | National Creative Placemaking Fund is accepting project Proposals
You must register to apply by February 16, 2016. Application deadline: March 2, 2016
ArtPlace America has $10.5 million available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States.  Applications will need to be submitted here by Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (and you will need to register no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2016).
The application is simple and focused around 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.  All of the information you need may be found at bit.ly/NCPF16.
Spotlight on Community
Alaska State Council on the Arts | Alaska Native Artists Professional Development Workshop
Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan, Alaska - January 14-15, 2016
The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), in partnership with the Totem Heritage Center, is hosting a professional development workshop for artists at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan. ASCA staff will provide focused training and individual artist consultations.
The workshop is designed for Alaska Native artists to give them tools to enhance their creative work, advance their professional development, identify and expand their marketing tools and skills, and locate needed assets. The curriculum is centered on ASCA's newly published Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook. Participating artists and community providers will be invited to evaluate the training materials and recommend ways to further improve and expand its content.
Participation is free. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure workshop materials will be available for all participants. Workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of the workbook.
The program is underwritten by ASCA and The CIRI Foundation. It is part of a series of workshops designed to deliver professional development services to Alaskan Native artists throughout the state. This series is a continuation of statewide community-based Artist Professional Development Workshops ASCA hosts in partnership with local providers and arts professionals.
Contact Totem Heritage Center staff at 907-225-5900 or AnitaM@City.Ketchikan.Ak.Us for details and to register for the workshop and individualized consultations.
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.  
Native Arts Professional Development Workshop in Ketchikan, AK | January 14-15, 2016, Totem Heritage Center

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 https://www.arts.gov/50th/stories#AK. 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 |   Anchorage Fire Station 9
Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:59 pm AST
Budget: $44,000 total for two separate locations  
Eligibility: National Call; Alaska Preference

The Municipality of Anchorage is now accepting applications for artwork for Fire Station 9 located in South Anchorage. This call is requesting previous work samples and a brief description of the proposed idea for the artwork.   Fully developed proposals will be requested from select artists at a later date. 

Artwork Site 1: Kitchen - Requests for Table (must be durable and functional) - $20,000
Artwork Site 2: Exterior Entry Door (Potential to expand to Interior if within Budget) - Request for Glass Artwork to be integrated into the glass panels framing the door and within the door - $24,000

Please visit Call For Entry  for more information and to apply for the call.
Contact Enzina Marrari , Curator of Public Art, Municipality of Anchorage at (907) 343-6473 http://www.muni.org/publicart 
Alaska Percent for Art 
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the Alaska Court System is requesting qualifications from artists for interior public artwork to be commissioned for the remodeled Boney Courthouse located in Anchorage, Alaska.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to all professional artists residing in Alaska.  The call opens January 15, 2016 and applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org.

Deadline: February 28 2016
Budget: $300,000 USD

Submissions will be judged on a competitive basis. Finalists may be considered for more than one location or site. The art selection committee will choose the final sites and the best possible artwork for each site.

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.   
Call for Entries | Sanchez Art Center
Entry deadline:  Tues Feb 9, 2016 - 11 pm PST
2016 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, April 15 - May 22, 2016
Calling all fine art visual artists in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska!
Sanchez Art Center invites you to enter the 2016 Left Coast Annual, juried by Lucía Sanromán, Director of Visual Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Two Exhibition Awards ($250 plus a 2017 exhibition);
and Two Merit Awards ($250).
Online entries only, through CallForEntry.org. CaFE provides artists with an easy-to-use system to create a profile with contact information, upload digital images of your artwork, and apply to a number of open calls for entry at one time. There is no cost to register your profile, and you can update it at any time. Visit our Call for Entries prospectus now and obtain complete entry information by clicking here .  A hard copy pdf may be downloaded here.
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 www.fairbanksarts.org, 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: cbarber@akhf.org. 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, www.arc-sf.com

digitalgraffiti2016 Call for Entries
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Alys Beach, in conjunction with Visit South Walton, invites artists from around the globe to submit original digital artwork for the Ninth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, a one of a kind juried venue for projected art. Artists will compete for $10,000 in prize money, awarded in three categories. All work selected for the 2016 festival will be eligible for the awards, to be held on May 13-15.
For two luminous nights, Alys Beach projects innovative art from across the world, transforming the Florida resort town into a vibrant canvas of light. The annual festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and the architecture of Alys Beach to create unexpected and wondrous experiences
Video of your work must be uploaded first to vimeo.com, then submitted through the online call. Please note: Entries may include new or existing short digital videos or entirely new interactive work. Every effort will be made to play audio with the work. However, not all work will be shown with accompanying audio. Entries should be no more than two minutes. Anything longer may be cut from participation in the festival. There is no application fee and artists retain 100% ownership of their works.
For complete information and submission instructions, visit the website at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/callforentries/.
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 info@sloma.org.

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 www.prattmuseum.org/exhibits/bears.

Grants and Funding
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 http://www.ala.org/gamert/will-eisner-graphic-novel-grants-libraries.

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
http://neabigread.org/guidelines.php 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
http://www.ascapfoundation.org/programs/awards/young-composer-awards.aspx .

NEA and Arts Midwest Shakespeare in American Communities
Deadline: February 4, 2016

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Grants will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of 10 schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit.

Programming dates are for activities taking place August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017. For complete information and RFP, visit the website at http://www.shakespeareinamericancommunities.org/about/application-process.

National Endowment for the Arts | Art Works Grants
Deadlines: February 18 and July 14, 206

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:
  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. For complete eligibility & discipline specific information, application and contact, visit the NEA website at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/grant-program-description.

Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards
Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for Individual Artist Awards. Resources for interested 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

National Endowment for the Arts | Creativity Connects Initiative
Deadline: March 3, 2016

With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts' 50th anniversary on September 29, Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. Information about the initiative is available at https://www.arts.gov/50th/creativity-connects. This initiative will show how the arts are central to the country's creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field.

An important component of this initiative is a pilot grant opportunity that will support partnerships between nonprofit arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors which include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. These Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by demonstrating the value of working with the arts; supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors; building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies; and creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.

Visit arts.gov at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art  for information about these grants. Please note that an organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts categories including other areas of Art Works and Challenge America. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project from the other application.

Questions should be directed to CreativityConnectsGrants@arts.gov. The application deadline is March 3, 2016 and a webinar about applying for these grants will take place on January 27. Go to https://www.arts.gov/event/2016/art-works-creativity-connects-guidelines-workshop to register for the webinar.

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships | Poetry
Deadline: March 9, 2016
The National Endowment for the Arts' Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, we assemble a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.
The Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2017, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be be offered in FY 2018 and guidelines will be available in the winter of 2017. You may apply only once each year.
For more information and application materials, visit the website at https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships/grant-program-description.

Education and Youth
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 http://www.aste.org/.
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  http://www.aste.org/ididacontest/.
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 http://fft.fundforteachers.org/.
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Call for Proposals for the 2016 Conference
Deadline: February 1, 2016

The theme of the 2016 National Conference is "Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing & Advancing Dance Education. It will be held in October 2016, in Arlington, VA. The NDEO is calling for submissions of presentation proposals for the conference.
Conference sessions will include:
  • Paper Presentations - 20 minutes presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A.
  • Movement Sessions - 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. Participation or observation of movement work. Not a master class. Clear space with a few chairs around the perimeter. CD/iPod hookup only; no LCDs.
  • Experiential Workshops - 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. Theater seating with limited movement space.
  • Panels - 50 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. 3-5 panelists.
All conference proposals must be submitted through one of two avenues: a) Research; b) In-Practice. You MUST also decide if you want your proposal to be a) Blind Peer Reviewed; or b) Non-Blind Peer Reviewed.

For complete information and proposal instructions, visit the website at http://www.ndeo.org/.

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program
Deadline: February 2, 2016

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize and support outstanding after-school and out-of-school arts- and humanities-based programs for underserved children and youth that operate on a regular basis in the afternoon, on weekends, or during the summer. Sponsored by President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this annual award is presented to 12 programs that best meet all award criteria. Each of the 12 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. Winners are also invited to attend the Annual Awardees Conference in Washington, DC, in the summer and are featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.
An application orientation webinar will be held on January 11, 2016, with the NEA and the NEH. Webinar registration is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4161508946312288514. Complete information and application materials are available on the website at http://www.nahyp.org/about/.

Vans Custom Culture Art Competition, Sponsored by Vans, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc.
Deadline: February 12, 2016
The Vans Custom Culture Art Competition inspires high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and draw attention to the importance of art as an integral part of schools' focus in the face of shrinking budgets. Students have to design, decorate, and complete four original shoe works of art based on four different themes: Action Sports, Music, Art, and Local Flavor.

An art teacher or school administrator must register their high school to compete. All public and private high schools in the US are eligible. The top 50 submissions advance to the voting phase of the contest. The top five high schools advance to the final event. In the final event, the five finalist high schools vie against each other for prizes. The winning school receives a $50,000 grand prize for its art program. Additional challenge awards and scholarships from Vans' partners are available to applicants.

Registration is available at http://sites.vans.com/customculture/, with the first 3,000 registering schools accepted.

Professional Development
Peabody Essex Museum | Summer 2016 Native American Fellowships
Deadline: January 22, 2016

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts is announcing 2016 summer fellowship opportunities for graduate students and emerging professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native background.

These paid, full-time, 10-week fellowships help prepare participants for leadership positions in the museum field and cultural sector.The program presents a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum leadership, in the context of a meaningful, in-depth project within a department of the museum. Weekly intensive workshops, field trips, lodging in Salem, MA, travel expenses and a stipend are included in the fellowship award. Academic credit is available upon official request. 

Graduate students and emerging in-service cultural professionals affiliated with an indigenous community are invited to apply. Application materials are due electronically or by postal mail on January 22, 2016. the Fellowship program runs June 6 - August 12, 2016. 

For detailed information, please download a copy of the application form here: http://pem.org/aux/pdf/learn/PEM_Native_American_Fellowship_Application_2016.pdf . Visit the PEM website at http://www.pem.org/, for more information.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives | Summer Internship for 2016
Deadline: January 31, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives holdings are primarily textual documents related to the Met's institutional history, collection, and past exhibitions, dating from 1870 through the twentieth century. The intern's responsibilities will include archival processing of Museum records, reference assistance to Museum staff and non-staff scholars, and historical research. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a graduate program in library/information science or archives management. In addition to developing practical work skills through this departmental placement, the intern will participate in MuSe (Museum Seminars) and interact directly with the Museum's diverse audience by conducting a gallery talk based on their area of expertise.
This internship is open to individuals who are currently enrolled in a master's program or who have graduated from a master's program within one year of the application deadline. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply, but may be eligible for one of several Museum Fellowships. The Met strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

For more information and to apply visit:  

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 msherman@transculturalexchange.org . For complete information and registration visit the website at http://transculturalexchange.org/2016-conference/overview.htm
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 aksca.info@alaska.gov.

North Words Writers Symposium | Skagway, Alaska
May 25-28, 2016
Registration to North Words is now open to all writers-aspiring or professional-who seek inspiration, direction, a flesh-and-blood social network, and fun. One or two credit hours may be earned through University of Alaska Southeast. Please sign up soon as the maximum is 50 participants. Find us at http://nwwriterss.com/ or call the Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau at 907-983-2854. Click here for the press release and more information. Doc.link

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, kate@thestudioprogram.com
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 yukonartscentre.com/programs/chilkoot.  For further information, please contact Katie Newman, Marketing Director, Yukon Arts Centre, 1-867-393-7108, katie.newman@yac.ca

2017 U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program
Deadline: February 1 for submission of writeable pdf cover sheet. (Email application form to jusfc.creativeartist@arts.gov), February 15 for attachment of narrative application and
electronic submission of work samples.
The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three to five month residency in Japan.  Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.
The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program is extremely competitive; applicants should have regional or national recognition and anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work.  Artists should also present compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan.
Selected artists will receive:
A grant award in the amount of up to $24,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either 1 artist or a collaborative team.
Up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.
Additional information, including guidelines and the application, can be found here
Alaska State Parks Artist-in-Residence Program
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2016
Alaska State Parks is seeking artists to apply for the summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence Program at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park in Southeast Alaska. The program is open to emerging or established artists working in all types of media. Selected artists will spend up to two weeks at the scenic and historic Ernest Gruening Cabin from May through September. The cabin, nestled along the coastline of Amalga harbor, was the territorial governor's summer retreat and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Artists who participate in the program will be asked to donate an original piece of artwork inspired by their time at the cabin and to host a community outreach event, such as a workshop, talk, or other presentation. Travel to Juneau and transportation to the cabin will be the artist's responsibility. Artists must also provide their own food, supplies and art materials for their stay.
For more information on this program or to download a copy of the application form, please visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/artistinresidence.htm. You may also contact Ryan Thomas at Alaska State Parks at (907) 269-8692, or ryan.j.thomas@alaska.gov.


The Anchorage Museum is seeking applicants for the following position:
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.
Art Matters is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2015 grants to individual artists. Twenty-five grants of $5,000 and $10,000 for ongoing work or projects that break ground aesthetically and socially. In addition, six discretionary grants were awarded to catalyze momentum for projects at a critical juncture. Allison Warden from Anchorage, AK was awarded an Art Grant Matters this year in
support for ongoing work, the first Alaskan to receive support in this program.

Jo Going, visual artist from Homer, Alaska, has been invited to be artist-in-residence in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 2016. While in-residence, she will create formed paper and painted sculptures for an exhibit entitled "Latitude," which will explore latitude both as geography and concept. St. Petersburg and Homer are on the same global latitude, and the exhibit will bridge the distance in place and in spirit, creating a resonance in concept and fundamental human understanding.

Contact Us
ASCA Staff
Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  shannon.daut@alaska.gov  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603 saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605 andrea.noble-pelant@alaska.gov  

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682  laura.forbes@alaska.gov 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604 janelle.matz@alaska.gov

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608 gina.brown@alaska.gov  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 keren.lowell@alaska.gov 

ASCA Council Members

Adelheid "Micky" Becker (Anchorage)
Benjamin Brown, Chair (Juneau)  
Peggy MacDonald Ferguson (Fairbanks)
Nancy Harbour (Anchorage)
Patrick Race (Juneau)
Aryne Randall (Wasilla)
Jeffry Silverman (Anchorage)
William F. Tull (Palmer)
Mary Wegner (Sitka)
Kes Woodward (Fairbanks)

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


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