February 2016 ASCA News 

2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities
From left: Patrick Garley, Nancy DeCherney, Sandy Harper, Marc Swanson, Lucy Ahvaiyak Richards,
Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Steve Henrikson, June Rogers, Vicki Soboleff
Photograph by Klas Stolpe
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A Note from Shannon
Did you know that ASCA receives federal and private funds that supplement the State of Alaska's investment in the arts? In FY15, ASCA awarded more than $920,000 in grants to Alaska nonprofit arts organizations, arts professionals and artists. About 1/3, or $310,000, came from the State of Alaska, with the rest provided through federal and private funds.
ASCA's FY16 budget is comprised of:
  • 29% State of Alaska funds
  • 26% Federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, which must be matched with a state appropriation
  • 45% private funds, for regranting that supports arts education, arts education teacher preparedness, and arts presenting and touring
The State's investment in the arts is well-leveraged and maximized at every opportunity.
We know that Alaska faces a stormy and uncertain budgetary situation. ASCA embraces this difficult but important moment. And we know firsthand how limitations can drive creativity, and we look forward to being part of the solution. As such, I am pleased to announce the release of our new mission statement and strategic plan, which is aimed at meeting key state needs, such as:
  • Growing Alaska's economy by stimulating its creative sector
  • Amplifying Alaska's public investment in the arts with new private and earned revenue streams
  • Cultivating Alaska artists beyond grant making, through professional development and state, national and global networking opportunities
  • Improving education outcomes by effectively integrating the arts 
I encourage you to read the whole thing, here: https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/ASCA_Strategic_Plan.pdf

Rasmuson Foundation 2016 Distinguished Artist Award
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Nominate a Distinguished Artist
Rasmuson Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Artist Award, recognizing superior artistic accomplishments of an Alaskan. The selected artist will receive $40,000.
"The Distinguished Artist Award is an opportunity to recognize the talents and contributions of extraordinary Alaska artists," said Jeff Baird, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. "We welcome the participation of Alaskans in this process to make sure our best artists are identified and their impact on our state is validated through this award."
Past winners of the Distinguished Artist Award are Garry Kaulitz of Anchorage; Peggy Shumaker, Kes Woodward, John Luther Adams and John Haines of Fairbanks; Teri Rofkar of Sitka; Rie Munoz of Juneau; Ron Senungetuk of Homer; Sylvester Ayek of Nome; and Delores Elizabeth Churchill, Ray Troll and Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan.
Eligible artists include those who have dedicated themselves for at least the past 15 years to a significant professional arts career of any artistic discipline. Artists should also have an extensive independent body of work representing a life-long investigation and maturation of their personal creativity. Their work is usually widely recognized and influential in style, aesthetic or form.
Public nominations of artists who meet the Distinguished Artist Award criteria are welcome. Artists can also nominate themselves. Nominations may be submitted online here.
The Distinguished Artist Award is part of Rasmuson Foundation's Individual Artist Awards program. In 2015, Rasmuson Foundation awarded $389,500 to 36 artists statewide. Since 2004, the Individual Artist Awards program has awarded more than 370 grants, of $3.1 million, directly to Alaska artists.
The Individual Artist Awards program also awards project grants of $7,500 for artists with short-term project needs, in addition to artist fellowship awards of $18,000 for mid-career and mature artists to advance their career. Applications for these two grant opportunities may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website by March 1, 2016.
For additional information, or to request an application, call 907-297-2700 or 877-366-2700 (toll free in Alaska).
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, "E.A." Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

AAEC Opens Registration for Summer Institutes
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) began offering a Basic Arts Institute in Juneau in 2003. Basic Arts Institutes, now offered statewide, are two-week intensive, summer opportunities for educators to learn how to use the arts to motivate and increase student learning.

In 2014, the Alaska State Council on the Arts published the Venture for Alaska's Youth: Arts Education in Alaska report. One of the findings in this report was that "the greatest need for professional development was in Arts Integration, where teachers learn skills and strategies to integrate the arts across the curriculum. Most of the districts that noted this need were rural districts without arts specialists." Through the Institutes, AAEC seeks to fill this need in Alaska's schools. Participants at Institutes:
  • Learn how to integrate the arts (visual, drama, music & Native cultural arts) into school curriculum
  • Work with and learn from Alaska Native Elders
  • Understand the impact of the arts on student performance, motivation and brain activity
  • Experience the production, criticism & appreciation of art
  • Form a cadre of teachers in the arts across Alaska


Institute participants learning and having fun! Photo courtesy AAEC.

In 2016, several summer Institutes will be offered across the state, in both urban and rural communities, with diverse areas of focus and multiple levels. Many partners have come together to support and guide the development of these offerings. The institutes for 2016 include:
  • Sitka Advanced Arts Institute, May 31-June 4; Sitka Fine Arts Campus, 3 credits available. This special institute is for educators that have attended a Basic Arts Institute in the past. (In partnership with Sitka School District, Sitka Tribe and Sitka Fine Arts Camp)
  • Sitka Basic Arts Institute, June 5-17; Sitka Fine Arts Campus, 4 credits available. All educators are welcome. (In partnership with Sitka School District, Sitka Tribe and Sitka Fine Arts Camp)
  • Ketchikan Basic Arts Institute, June 5-17; Ketchikan High School, 4 credits available. All educators are welcome. (In partnership with the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, the Ketchikan Borough School District, and the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition)
  • Juneau Basic Arts Institute, July 25-Aug 5, UAS Campus, 4 credits available. All educators are welcome. (In partnership with Sealaska Heritage, and Juneau School District)
  • Nome Basic Arts Institute, July 25-Aug 5, Nome Beltz High School complex. All educators are welcome. (In partnership with Nome School District and Bering Straits School District)
  • Fairbanks 'Arts are Exceptional' Institute, July 31-Aug 5, 3 credits available. This special education special topics institute is for all educators. (In partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the Kennedy Center VSA)
For complete information about AAEC's summer offerings, and to register, visit the website at http://akartsed.org/institutes/.

And don't forget!
Nominations for the AAEC Champions of Arts Education are open until February 29, 2016.

The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Champions of Arts in Education Award was created as a way to formally recognize and honor individuals or organizations from around the State of Alaska who champion arts in education. The AAEC board of trustees considers this award to be a celebratory action, aimed at highlighting the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these champions in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum reflects the mission of AAEC, which is "to promote learning in and through the arts for all Alaska students."

For complete information and to nominate your Champion of Arts Education, visit the website at http://akartsed.org/champions-for-the-arts-in-education-nominate-soon/. AAEC will be hosting at art room at the upcoming ASTE Conference in Anchorage, and will be able to answer questions about the Institutes and the Champions of Arts Education.

Arts Educator Fellowships available through ASCA
Are you a school drama specialist who would like to attend a workshop out of state to learn new skills in your art form?

Are you a classroom teacher who teaches the arts and would like to take classes at a local art studio for the summer?

Are you a district cultural specialist, looking for an opportunity to grow your skills in a traditional art form and create a body of work?

"I had never thought about using screen printing for other art forms rather than two-dimensional art."

2014 Arts Educator Fellow-Shoko Takahashi took a summer class in screen printing at California College of Art, and created an art installation in her Anchorage art room. Photos courtesy Shoko Takahas
Are you a science teacher, who also teaches music, looking to take lessons with a musician in a musical form that is new 
to you?

The Rasmuson Foundation initiated the Arts Educator Fellowships to encourage the re-connection of artists who are teachers to their artistic practice. The Arts Educator Fellowship program provides grants to certified, permanently assigned full and part-time K-12 teachers to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with professional artists, and stay current with new practices. The Arts Educator Fellowship is meant to create opportunities for Alaskan school teachers to fill their own artistic wells. It is administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Applicants may apply for up to $3,000, based on actual expenses. Applications must be postmarked or received in the Council offices by March 15, 2016. For more information and application materials, visit the ASCA website at https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/ccp.html. Contact Arts Education Program Director Laura Forbes with questions at laura.forbes@alaska.gov or at (907) 269-6682. Please share this opportunity with Alaskan school teachers who teach art in the classroom, and who could benefit from the opportunity to deepen their personal artistic practice.
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
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.  
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

ASCA 4th Quarter Teleconference | March 18, 2016, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Artist in Schools Grants and Statewide Teaching Artist Roster applications Deadline | April 15, 2016. For more information click here.

ASCA Community Arts Development Grants, Career Opportunity Grants, Walker Grants, Workshop Grants, Master Artist and Apprentice Grants and Rasmuson Cultural Collaborations Project Grants Deadline | June 1, 2016

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
2016 Sealaska Heritage Juried Art Show & Competition | June 8 - July 31, 2016
Submission Deadline: February 17, 2016
Complete information and applications online at: http://bit.ly/1Mkwzkb. If you need help or assistance, please contact Davina Cole at davina.cole@sealaska.com or 907-586-9230.
Request for Art Proposals | Lake and Peninsula School District
Deadline for letter of interest to propose: February 22, 2016
Deadline for preliminary proposals: March 4, 2016
The Lake and Peninsula School District is requesting conceptual proposals for public artwork for two school projects. Artists interested in proposing for these projects are to submit emails of interest to the project manager at christykj@gci.net by 4 pm February 22, 2016. Following receipt of emails more detailed information will be provided so that a preliminary proposal can be submitted by March 4, 2016.   The local Art Committees will review the conceptual proposals and may short list proposals for further refinement prior to making a final selection. From the preliminary proposals the Committee reserve the right to reject any or all proposals.
For more information regarding each project click here  .

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

2016-2017 Main Street Gallery Call to Artists | Ketchikan, AK 
Deadline: March 1, 2016    

Apply to display your work or to curate an exhibit at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council's Main Street Gallery! The Main Street Gallery is a community art gallery committed to community artist development. The Gallery hosts 11 exhibits a year from September through August, and displays a wide variety of mediums from local and national artists, as well as traveling exhibits. The Main Street Gallery is a community art gallery committed to community artist development through:
  • hosting exhibits by emerging local artists 
  • hosting exhibits of work outside the commercial mainstream by established local artists 
  • hosting exhibits of visiting artists when the exhibit and/or workshops by the artist can make a valuable contribution to the local art culture 
  • providing open and invitational exhibits that inspire local amateur and professional artists to step forward and participate in a public dialogue through their art 
  • providing open and invitational exhibits that inspire local and amateur artists to expand the range of their media. 
For more information, go to:  
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/.

Celebration NWC Art Market | June 9-11, 2016
Application Postmark Deadline: March 1
This year, the Northwest Coast (NWC) Art Market will be in two locations. One location will be at the Sealaska Plaza under a large outdoor tent. This is a popular stop for tourists during Juneau's tourist season. The second location will be indoors at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC) across the parking lot from Centennial Hall (the main Celebration venue). This location is popular with attendees of Celebration but may catch less of the tourist traffic. There is no admission fee for the public to enter either of these locations.

Please note that SHI reserves the right to make the final location assignments of vendors
The 2016 Celebration NWC Art Market application can be submitted ONLINE at: http://bit.ly/1Ha3OHY More about Celebration programs here: http://bit.ly/216yj8g 
Percent for Art | Lower Kuskokwim Request for Proposals
Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat K -12 Renovation and Addition
Deadline: March 4, 2016
The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) is requesting proposals from qualified artists to provide professional services for the Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat K -12 Renovation and Addition Percent for Art project in Quinhagak, Alaska.
Original proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on March 4, 2016. The proposals will then be distributed to the Selection Committee for evaluation. This committee's individual evaluations of the proposals will be presented to the Grant Manager of Capital Projects within 15 business days of the proposal due date. The selected artist will be notified by March 21, 2016.
Click here for the Request for Proposal, with a complete description, proposal requirements and photos of the site. Proposal questions should be directed to Dennis Cobos at (907) 543-4919  

Proposal documents
must be mailed to Dennis Cobos, Grant Manager, Capital Projects Division, Lower Kuskokwim School District, P.O. Box 305, Bethel, Alaska 99559-0305 or delivered to District Office, Room 232, Lower Kuskokwim School District, 1004 Ron Edwards Way, Bethel, AK 99559-0305

Anchorage Museum Exhibition Proposals
Deadline: March 10, 2016

The Anchorage Museum supports the work and development of Alaska artists by highlighting new bodies of work by individual artists. The Anchorage Museum is currently accepting proposals from Alaska residents and all tribally enrolled Alaska Natives. Submissions are juried by a panel of art professionals and museum staff. All media will be considered. We will also accept curatorial or group proposals featuring more than one artist. Apply here.
Alaska Percent for Art Request for Proposals | Boney Courthouse 
Deadline: February 28 2016
Budget: $300,000 USD
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.

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.

Alaska State Council on the Arts Percent for Art | Request for Artwork
Deadline: March 11, 2016
Total Art Budget:  Anchorage Courthouse $20,000 USD, Kenai Courthouse $50,000 USD.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the Alaska Court System is requesting applications from artists for the purchase of wall hung artwork for the recently renovated Boney Courthouse Building in Anchorage, Alaska and the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska.
In general, the Art Committee is requesting artwork that:
  • was created in the last 5 years
  • is appropriate for the court system environment
  • is calming and interesting for visitors, clients and staff
  • is associated with Alaska's geography and/or Alaska Native Cultures
 The total budget will be divided to purchase interior artworks for multiple sites. Alaska Artists Only. 
Deadline for Entries: March 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm Alaska Time through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org. 

Alaska State Council on the Arts Percent for Art | Request for Artwork
Deadline for Entries: March 18, 2016
Total Art Budget: $40,000 USD, Alaska Artists Only.  
The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is requesting qualifications from Alaska artists for exterior artwork to be commissioned for the new South Ranger Station and Interpretive Center in Denali State Park.
Deadline for Entries: March 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm Alaska Time through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org

Call for 10-Minute Plays for 2016 8x10 Festival
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for our annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays.
Eight ten-minute plays will be given staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 22 & 23, 2016, at FDA's Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks.
Guidelines for entering scripts:
  • Alaskan residents only.
  • One entry per playwright. One author per play. No musicals or children's plays.
  • Submit 5 (five) copies of each script. Staple or paper-clip the play. DO NOT use binders or folders of any kind. Plays cannot be returned.
  • Put playwright's name and contact info, including phone and e-mail, on the cover (title) page. This is the only place the author's name should appear.
  • "Cast of Characters" page with brief character descriptions and time & place should follow cover page. Number pages beginning with the first page of dialogue.
  • Plays should be between 8 & 12 minutes, based on one minute of playing time per page of script, 12 pt. font size, and be written in standard playwriting format.
  • Cast size should be no more than eight actors.
  • No electronic submissions or Express mail.
Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 15, 2016 to:
            8x10 Festival
            Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre
            1852 Second Avenue
            Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
For more information, contact Peggy MacDonald Ferguson, Executive Director, Fairbanks Drama Association, 907-456-PLAY, pegferguson@gci.net

In the Spirit | Call for Art
Deadline: March 18, 2016
In the Spirit, celebrating its 11th year, offers an opportunity for contemporary Native artists to display their work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma from May 28 through August 14, 2016.  Accepted artwork will also be eligible for awards and monetary prizes including Best of Show, Honoring the Northwest, Honoring Tradition, Honoring Innovation, and the People's Choice awards. 
To accompany the arts exhibition, the Museum will host an In the Spirit festival on August 13 which will include performances by Native artists and feature booth space for vendors.  Celebrate In the Spirit's 11th year and submit your own artwork and pass the attached application along to someone else who might also be interested.  Applications are online at InTheSpiritArts.org .
If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact me at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5926.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art: Blue Marble | National Juried Exhibition
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.

2016 Alaska Hummingbird Festival Call to Artists | Ketchikan, AK
Deadline: March 25, 2016, 5:00pm.  

Artwork must include birds, avian habitat and/or migratory bird patterns from the list provided in application. Artwork must be recent, original and not previously exhibited n Ketchikan, Alaska. Open to all artists working in all media with a maximum of two entries per artist. Art will be displayed at the SE Alaska Discovery Center until May 31, 2016. Mailed entries must include return postage. Submit your work to: Southeast Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901, c/o Hummingbird Festival. For additional information, go to: 

Call for Art | Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Gutfreund Cornett Art seeks art in all media that speaks to and illuminates the ongoing conversation around race, conditions of the working class, disparities in global wealth, power, education, shelter, access to food, water and health services, immigration issues, criminal (in)justice, women's rights, subjugating ethnic groups and the gender queer in the modern world.
Entry Fee: $35 per entry (up to three works per entry)/ $15/entry for full-time students
Entries submitted through EntryThingy. Please visit this site for more information.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center Call for Entries | 6x6x2016
Artwork Entries due: April 17 (postmarked by April 16)  

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns June 4 - July 17, 2016. Last year, thousands of artists participated from all around the globe. Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, students, youths, and YOU. Please visit

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.

Dave Bown Projects
Deadline: June 4, 2016

Prizes; $10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD).
In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.   
For the prospectus, visit davebownprojects.com. For more information, contact Dave Bown, (917) 365-5265, info@davebownprojects.com  
Grants and Funding
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/apply-grant/grants-organizations 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.

The TourWest 2016-2017 grant program application period is now open
Deadline: April 1, 2016

TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region. Projects must take place between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. All work samples must be uploaded as a digital file on the TourWest application along with the supplemental materials.
More information regarding the grant guidelines and work sample file requirements can be found at http://tourwest.culturegrants.org/. New applicants and previous applicants with questions or new approaches to their applications are encouraged to call the WESTAF office at (303) 629-1166 to receive advice and guidance from a TourWest staff person.

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/.
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.

UAF Sponsors a K-12 Student Art and Video Contest about the Arctic
Deadline: February 19, 2016

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is sponsoring a student art and video contest on the theme "Many Lands, One Arctic." Artwork and videos will be displayed online and throughout the UAF campus during Arctic Science Summit Week, which is March 9-20. The contest is open to K-12 students. There are four categories: K-6 art; K-6 video; 7-12 art; and 7-12 video. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place and second-place student in each category.

The deadline has been extended February 19. See http://assw2016.org/engage/contest.

GRAMMY Music Educator Award

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The GRAMMY Foundation is an organization that works to make a difference in people's lives through music. The foundation creates opportunities for high school students to work with music professionals to gain real-world experience and advice about how to have a career in music. The GRAMMY Music Educator Award was created to shine a spotlight on the excellent and impactful work being done by thousands of music teachers across the United States.

For complete information and application visit the nominations webpage at http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-music-educator-award.

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference Youth Writers Workshop "Create Your Own Comic" with award-winning graphic memoirist Sarah Leavitt for students entering 10, 11, and 12 grades will be held on Friday, June 10 from 9am-noon. For comics and manga fans, the workshop will include examining examples of comics, graphic novels, and manga for what makes them successful storytelling. Writing and drawing exercises that will teach students the fundamentals of the art form. For more information or to register go to http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/.

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

The fifteenth Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference will be held on June 10-14 in Homer. This year's keynote is Pulitzer Prize winning, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, who will be joined by Miriam Altshuler (agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine Capó Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard Hoffman, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Nancy Lord, Jane Rosenman (editor), Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. For more information, to read faculty biographies and look at workshops offered, or to register go to http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/

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

Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program
Deadline: February 29, 2016 (postmarked)
The Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program is designed to support artists of color working in the photographic arts who reside in the United States that would benefit with access to time, facilities, financial, critical, and technical support. This activity is created with an emphasis on supporting artists working in the photographic arts who are at the brink of their careers and promising talent. The Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program encourages participants to pursue creative risk-taking in an environment rich in cultural resources. Each year CPW offers 7 residencies for artists of color and 1 "critical studies residency" for a curator/critic of color.
A-I-R's receive:
  • accommodations at a historic artist residence located within walking distance from CPW and the center of Woodstock's business district
  • 24/7 access to CPW's workspace facilities (including black-&-white darkroom, digital imaging stations, and library)
  • critical and technical support
  • stipend for food and travel, and honorarium
  • exhibition and related opportunities
For more information on how to apply the Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program, click here.

Signal Fire Retreat and Residency Program
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Signal Fire announces a call to artists of all disciplines, as well as activists, curators and
researchers for Unwalking the West, our 8th year of retreats and residencies on the public
lands of the American West. Our 2016 theme is shaped by historic land journeys that informed
the cultural and political geography of the contemporary West. Applications for the Wide Open Studios Summer Immersion trip remain open through April 1. Learn more about Signal Fire and apply at www.signalfirearts.org
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.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is hiring
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, which runs July 17-31, 2016, encourages both personal growth and arts appreciation regardless of level of accomplishment during two weeks of study-performance opportunities in all art forms, Approximately 1,000 people register and participate with over 100 guest artists; workshops in music, visual arts, literary arts, theatre arts, culinary arts, dance and healing arts with dozens of performances. FSAF's mission is to provide highly qualified guest artists who offer multidisciplinary study and performance opportunities that increase both personal growth and arts appreciation to all participants.
In 2015, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival presented 130 performances/events including 18 free lunchtime concerts, 27 evening concerts, 9 daytime concerts, 83 outreach events, 217 workshops, 83 mini-workshops. FSAF's outreach included sending guest artists to geographically underserved regions of Alaska, including Bethel, Hooper Bay, Akiak, Delta, Kenny Lake, Glennallen, Cantwell and more. FSAF's orchestra traveled to Denali National Park as part of the Denali Music Festival and Festival's Composing in the Wilderness program. FSAF also presents a variety of outreach events in the Greater Fairbanks Area.
Please send cover letter & resume via email to Dori Nix, Communications & Office Manager, dori@fsaf.org
The Anchorage Museum is seeking applicants for the following positions:

The Anchorage Museum is seeking a detail oriented individual to catalog objects into the museum system and the collections database. This full-time, one-year term position is part of a large-scale collections digitization project.

The Anchorage Museum is seeking an individual experienced in providing exceptional leadership with the ability to further the mission of the Museum by initiating and managing the museum's innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and online for the full-time position of Director of Learning and Engagement. This dynamic position will oversee and coordinate the area of educational programming, initiate and supervise broad initiatives in support of excellence and equity, set priorities, develop budgets, establish policies, create museum learning initiatives, and set long-range strategic goals.
The Anchorage Museum is seeking a full-time Program Manager to coordinate and implement public and educational programs. The Programs Manager is responsible for coordination and implementation for many public and educational programs within the museum for both families and adult audiences. This position leads the museum's 61° Workshop program. 61° Workshop features innovative programs for families and K-12 students in art, environmental science, history, culture, design and technology. These programs are designed to inspire and empower people, with an emphasis on critical and creative thinking as learning. The Anchorage Museum seeks to provide creative experiences that cannot be found through formal education.
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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