March 2016 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Poetry Out Loud State Finalists
Public Art Spotlight
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
Articles of Interest
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A Note from Shannon
As many of you know, ASCA was planning to host its biennial statewide arts conference this spring. Unfortunately, due to the state budget situation and travel restrictions, this will no longer be possible. We still want to bring Alaskans together, but it will need to be done in a radically different manner to ensure that we obey the rules currently in place. As such we are experimenting with a different type of meeting structure, using resources we have available for convenings that do not include any State general fund dollars, in order to respond to the calls we have heard to bring the arts community together for a productive meeting. We are fortunate to have funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and our private foundation partners that will allow us to continue with a more targeted and focused convening.
ASCA is now planning to host four smaller, discrete cohort groups: Alaska Native Arts Leaders, Arts Education Professionals, Individual Artists, and Arts and Policy Practitioners. On the first day of the convening, April 28th, each group will meet individually for professional development and focused topic discussions. On the second day, April 29th, the four groups will convene together to participate in a facilitated training and visioning session on how the arts-when working across sectors-can help advance Alaska, in particular addressing how to work effectively with reduced financial resources. The meeting will be facilitated by Michael Rohd, executive director of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, a national resource that supports artists and communities working together to build civic health, equity and capacity. Joining Michael will be Margy Waller of Topos Partnership, who was one of our keynote presenters at Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence.
We think this restructured approach will provide a meaningful opportunity to explore the future of the arts and its role in Alaska's future, especially at this critical juncture in Alaska's history when we must focus on taking a parsimonious approach to our important work.  I am looking forward to it both personally and professionally, as it will be my last project as director of ASCA. Given that my first week on this job was spent at our 2012 arts conference, the April meeting will be a fitting bookend of my time at this agency. Space is limited for this meeting and invitations will be sent out in the next week. If you are interested in learning more about participating in this event, please e-mail our meeting coordinator Keren Lowell at:

Congratulations Alaska Poetry Out Loud State Finalists for 2016!

JUNEAU, ALASKA - The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council (JAHC) are pleased to announce the nine state finalists for the Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition. These nine students have progressed in competition at the classroom, school and regional levels, across Alaska. Each student will represent their schools and communities at the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska State Champion will then advance to the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, DC in May. The Alaska Poetry Out Loud State Competition will be live webcast by 360 North at starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 15th. We encourage you to join us for the state finals, and cheer on the state finalists! 
The Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists for 2016 are:  
  • Sam Blom from Tanalian School in Port Alsworth
  • Savannah Bowery from North Pole High School in North Pole
  • Shannon Croft from West Anchorage High School in Anchorage
  • Kaye Gumera from Unalaska City School in Unalaska
  • Briannah Letter from Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau
  • Rachel Moore from Paul F. Asicksik School in Shaktoolik
  • Ashelyn Rude from Glenallen School in Glenallen
  • Juliana Smit from Colony High School in Palmer
  • Kylie Wallace from Petersburg High School in Petersburg
Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In the 2015-2016 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its eleventh anniversary, reaching millions of students from more than 7,300 schools nationwide.
This year, more than 3600 Alaska students grades K-12 participated in Poetry Out Loud in their home communities. ASCA and JAHC congratulate all these students for their work in memorization and recitation of poetry from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology. We thank all of the teachers, librarians, school administrators, parents and community partners who support and encourage their students to participate. 

Public Art Spotlight: Public Art at Anchorage International Airport
If you have traveled through Anchorage International Airport, you will likely recognize Canopy and Migration, both created in 2009. In this Public Art Spotlight we thought we'd share a few fun facts about these Public Artworks at the Anchorage International Airport:


Canopy was a collaboration between Alaska artists Sheila Wyne and Kesler Woodward - Woodward is a landscape painter and Wyne is a sculptor & theatre set designer.


The artists collaborated on this project over 3 years from their studios in different cities - Anchorage and Fairbanks.


The ceiling is composed of approximately 750,000 individual pieces of glass smalti, occasional glass beads, and various types of marble and granite from around the world.


From afar the supporting column is an abstract design, but placed within the context of the ceiling, its singular pattern, texture, and color, the column becomes a birch tree trunk.







Images of Canopy by Sheila Wyne and Kesler Woodward include the artists and project team (above), and a detail of the piece (right). Photos courtesy Chris Arend.  






Photos of salmon for Migration were taken in Katmai National Park and transformed into templates in the 3-D Maya computer program.


These templates were then used to cut hundreds of strips of ordinary window glass which were laminated vertically into a steel base.


The surface was sealed to make it smooth to the touch.


Alaskan fishermen have said enthusiastically that the forms in the glass relief show exactly the movements that salmon make when they are pulled out of the water.






Images of Migration by Lutz Haufschild include airport travelers interacting with the piece (above), and a detail of the piece (right). Photos courtesy Chris Arend.  



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.  

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

Annual Grant Panel | April 7-8, 2016, ASCA teleconference

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
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 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. 
Submit materials through CaFÉ at: 

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,

Call for Submissions | Whitefish Review "Change" Issue
Deadline: March 15, 2016 (published June 4, 2016)
Whitefish, Mont. (February 24, 2016) -- Submissions for Whitefish Review's 19th issue are currently being reviewed in art, photography, fiction, non-fiction, essays, and poetry through March 15. Cristina Eisenberg is the lead editor for "Change." The Review editors seek stories and art that speak to a broad interpretation of the theme. 
All submissions are accepted via an online submission manager through March 15 at For full guidelines, visit the web site.

Alaska State Council on the Arts Percent for Art | Request for Artist Qualifications
Total Art Budget: $30,000 USD
Deadline for Entries: March 18, 2016 at 9:59 pm Alaska Daylight Saving Time.
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 Ranger Station and Interpretive Center in Denali State Park.
Alaskan artists only. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFE at

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 .
If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact me at
or 253-798-5926. 

Museums Alaska Call for Conference Session Proposals
Deadline: March 18, 2016

The 2016 Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society conference will be held in Juneau, Alaska, September 22-24.

Conference Theme - "Mission Possible: Creating Opportunity"
Mission is the driving force for everything museums do. It expresses institutional focus, purpose, and role within the community. The mission is the basis for key planning, policy making, and operational decisions. The 2016 Museums Alaska Annual Meeting will be in Juneau, to celebrate the opening of the new State Library, Archives, and Museum (SLAM) facility. As the state faces a changing economic landscape, the conference will explore ways in which museums and cultural centers can create opportunities through flexible, forward-thinking approaches that are driven by mission.

Visit the Museums Alaska Conference web page at for complete information on submitting a proposal.
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
Polar Lab: Collective
Deadline: Monday, March 21, 5 p.m.

Polar Lab: Collective is a program for emerging Alaska Native artists to study the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the objects in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center's "Living Our Cultures" exhibition. The program provides an opportunity for artists to find inspiration, insights, and technical information from the collections, through close-up research and documentation contributing to the collaborative relationship between artists and museums. For more information about Polar Lab, visit

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 | 30th Annual Interior Artisans Exhibit
Deadline: March 25-27, 2016

Submissions will be accepted for Fairbanks Arts Association's juried exhibit, Interior Artisans, opening April 1, 2016. This year's juror is well-known multimedia artist and teacher from Anchorage, Don Decker. Click here for the complete prospectus. Visit, call 907-456-6485 or email for more information.

Alaska State Council on the Arts | Percent for Art - Request for Artist Qualifications
Deadline for Entries: March 30, 2016 9:59 pm Alaska Daylight Savings Time
Total Art Budget - $275,000 USD

The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the Alaska Court System is requesting applications from artists for interior durable media artwork for the recently renovated lobby in the Boney Courthouse Building at 303 K Street, Anchorage, Alaska.  

This Call for Art is open to all professional artists residing in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States.  Applications will be accepted online only through café at:

Call for Entries | 6x6x2016
Deadline: April 17 (postmarked by April 16)   
Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and will be exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted and exhibited in the gallery and online. All artworks will also be offered for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo.
Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display through July 17, 2016. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 1. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter.
Please visit for more information.

Mail or deliver your artwork before April 17, 2016 (Postmarked April 16) to:
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 USA
Call for Art | Emerging Alaskan Artists Festival and Competition
Deadline: April 18, 2016
Soldotna's second annual Memorial Day Emerging Artists Festival and Competition is open to all Alaska artists working in any 2D media. This is a statewide competition is intended to encourage new and emerging artists. Accordingly, this competition and exhibition is limited to emerging artists in Alaska who have had not more than one major solo exhibit in a generally recognized gallery or regional art center. Not more than fifteen emerging artists will be selected for the curated exhibit. Professional curation is provided by university art instructors.

Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $300 second place and $150 third place. Awards will be determined by judging the overall bodies of work actually hung and exhibited at Alaska Emerging Artists Competition, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Soldotna Creek Park, Soldotna, Alaska. This will be an outdoor exhibit housed within protective enclosures on the level park above the Kenai River.

Selected artists must deliver and hang work between 9am and 11am on day of exhibit. The exhibit will run from noon to 7pm May 28, 2016. For more information, please Email or visit

Call for Entries | Celebrate the West
Deadline: April 30, 2016
The Western Governors' Association is proud to announce "Celebrate the West," a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.
Entrants from WGA member states will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture.
Winning artists will receive cash prizes and their works will be displayed at an upcoming WGA Governors' meeting, as well as on the WGA website. WGA staff will select "Finalists" from states and flag islands, as well as a Grand Prize winner and Second Place. The Grand Prize award is $1,000 with $500 to the Second Place finisher, and $200 to each state finalist.
"Celebrate the West" is open to high school students from states and territories in the western United States, including Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Click here for more information.

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has adopted the theme Haa Shuká: Weaving Traditional Knowledge into our Future for Celebration 2016. Celebration will be held June 8-11, 2016 in Juneau and includes invitation for artists to showcase and be recognized for their work. Artist participation in Celebration 2016 include:

Dance Group Performances
Deadline for Application: March 31, 2016

SHI is accepting applications for dance groups that want to perform at Celebration 2016. All applications will be reviewed by SHI's Celebration Committee, which will invite groups to perform based on the review. Approximately 50 groups are invited to perform at this biennial event, which celebrates Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. Celebration 2016 is scheduled June 8-11. The deadline to apply is March 31. Celebration features dance performances by more than 2,000 dancers. The application is available for download at SHI's Celebration Programs webpage at To download the application go to

Native Fashion Show
Deadline for Application: May 1, 2016

SHI will sponsor a Native Fashion Show at the upcoming biennial Celebration in Juneau, in an effort to showcase and encourage the integration of Northwest Coast art into high-fashion pieces. Native fashion design has exploded across the country, and in recent years, more Northwest Coast artists have been making contemporary apparel and jewelry that incorporate Native designs. Designers must apply to exhibit in the show by May 1. Applicants must be age 18 or older and American Indian or Alaska Native. The show will be held on June 10 in Shuká Hít (the clan house) in the Walter Soboleff Building during Celebration, which runs June 8-11 in Juneau.
The application and press release are available for download at SHI's Celebration Programs webpage at To ownload the application go to
Alaska Historical Society Calling for Papers
Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Alaska Historical Society is calling for papers on all topics related to Alaska history (with special emphasis on events that unfolded on the Pacific Ocean) for its annual conference, to be held September 21-24 in Juneau at the new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum facility. Proposals are due May 1 and should be sent to Chris Allan at The keynote speaker will be David Igler, author of The Great Ocean. See for complete information and information on how to shape proposals and presentations.

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 For more information, contact Dave Bown, (917) 365-5265, 

Call for Entries | Aesthetica Art Prize 2016
Deadline: August 31, 2016
The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries. The Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and further their engagement with the international art world.

Prizes include Ł5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, Ł1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition, publication in an anthology of 100 contemporary artists, editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (global readership in print and digital of 284,000)
Categories for entry: photographic & digital art; painting & drawing; three dimensional design & sculpture, and video, installation & performance.To enter, visit   
Grants and Public Funding
Museums Alaska Collections Management Fund | Round I applications
Deadline: March 30, 2016

In 2016, $100,000 in grants is available to museums and cultural centers in Alaska for collections management supplies and activities. The goal is to build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative or cooperative in nature. Emergency conservation projects will be given priority. Membership in Museums Alaska is encouraged but not required.

Visit the Museums Alaska Collections Mangement Fund web page at for complete information and application.

Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program
Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works. 
CMA's Classical Commissioning Program grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. 
Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.
Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level. The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.
Program guidelines, online application and FAQs can be downloaded at the CMA website,  All CMA grant applications are now submitted online.
Contact Susan Dadian, Program Director, CMA Classical/Contemporary, (212) 242-2022, ext. 102

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 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.

NEH Announces Humanities Access Grant Program
Deadline: May 4, 2016
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces a new grant program to strengthen and sustain quality humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.
Humanities Access Grants offer matching grants toward term endowments for programming at cultural institutions that broadens access to excellent humanities content for underserved groups. Eligible organizations include public libraries, museums, historical societies, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions.
Over the first two years of the grant period, successful applicants will receive either $50,000 or $100,000, and must match $1 in private funds for every $1 of NEH grant support awarded. In the remaining three years of the five-year grant period, these term endowments must be fully expended in support of programming for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.
NEH program staff from the Office of Challenge Grants will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, March 15 at 2 P.M. Click here to register. 
For the complete press release, click here. Application guidelines for NEH Humanities Access Grants are available here.  
Education and Youth
March is Alaska Arts Education Month!

Governor Bill Walker made an executive proclamation recognizing the importance of arts education, and encourages "all Alaskans to support and participate in arts and cultural programs offered to students of all ages in communities across our great state!" The Alaska Arts Education Consortium   is inviting Alaskans to post the proclamation, and then to "explore, enjoy, and share your creative efforts with us. We'd love to see and share what you are up to."

You can email photos to with a description. You can also like and post to the AAEC Facebook page at

Justice for All Art Contest is Open to Alaska's K-8 Students
Deadline: March 15, 2016

The 6th annual Justice for All art contest has begun. Alaska students in grades K-8 are invited to interpret in two-dimensional art forms (drawings, paintings, original prints, photographs, etc.) the importance of fairness, diversity, and equality to our justice system. The contest is sponsored by the Alaska Bar Association and the Alaska Court System. Cash prizes will be awarded in the grades K-4 category and in the grades 5-8 category. Winning entries will be displayed in courthouses. The deadline for entries is March 15. For the application form, click here.

Alaska Arts Education Consortium Summer Institutes open for Registration

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 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

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

Educator Family Night at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24

New this spring, we are inviting educators and their families to celebrate perspectives on the past, life in the north today, and the promise of the future. Learn about field trip planning, how to bring exhibitions to life through hands-on exploration, and how to use the museum and its rich resources as an authentic extension of your classroom curriculum. Register online. Free
Homer Council on the Arts Jubilee Month
Deadline for submissions: March 25, 2016
Deadline for scholarship applications: March 28, 2016
Deadline for Jubilee performance audition: April 11, 2016
During the month of April, we celebrate youth in the arts with Jubilee gallery exhibit, performance, and scholarships for intensive study in the student's genre of choice. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit original works of art, in any medium, for entrance into our month-long gallery exhibit. Auditions for our Jubilee Youth Performing Arts Show will take place in mid-April with the final performance scheduled at the Mariner Theatre on April 22, 2016.
April 4-6: Scholarship interviews (gallery) 3:30-5:30 p.m.
April 13: Jubilee Auditions
April 14: Selectees posted (HCOA)
April 20, 21: Jubilee Rehearsals (Mariner)
April 22: Jubilee Performance & scholarships announced
Homer Council on the Arts, 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK 99603 907.235.4288

Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum | New York City, NY, July 5-29, 2016
Application deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016

Lincoln Center Education is offering its two week Teaching Artist Development Lab at Lincoln Center.  This is considered the best intensive in the U.S. and now works with artist-educators at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.  Discount housing is available for a limited time.  Over sixty percent of participants describe it as "life changing." 

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

Juried Youth Art Exhibit for Celebration 2016
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has adopted the theme Haa Shuká: Weaving Traditional Knowledge into our Future for Celebration 2016. Celebration will be held June 8-11, 2016 in Juneau and includes a new youth exhibit of Northwest Coast art in an effort to increase the number of young artists making high quality pieces and to share their work with the public. Cash awards will be made to schools of the winners for art supplies to be used by schools or organizations for future instruction in Northwest Coast art. All youth chosen to exhibit will receive a specially-made Juried Art Show t-shirt and winners also will receive a certificate. The competition is open to all youth in grades 6-12. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Visit SHI's Celebration Programs webpage at to download the press release, a flyer and application.

2016 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
Deadline: April 18, 2016

The application period is now open for the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award, for programs that serve students in grades 6-12, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and inventive ways.

Awards are given in three categories:
  • Arts Integration: For a program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.
  • Equity Through Arts: For a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underrepresented students.
  • Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: For a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.
An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

Visit the College Board website for further details and full application instructions, including eligibility criteria. Email with any questions during the application process.

Alaska Dance Theatre Summer Intensive
May 23 - June 4
Internationally-acclaimed guest teacher and star of Flesh and Bond on STARZ network, Matthew Powell, will be teaching Alaska Dance Theatre's two-week, full day summer intensive for ages 12-19, in collaboration with ADT Education Artistic Director, Ilya Burov and Master Teacher, Emily Loscocco.
Cost: $600 (if paid before April 15), $650 after April 15, $50 deposit
For more information, call ADT @ 907-277-9591 or email ADT's education artistic director, Ilya Burov

Sitka Arts & Science Festival
Session I: July 16-23, 2016
Session II: July 23-30, 2016
Want to sew with fish skin? Improvise music in a temperate rain forest? Experiment with ancient weaving techniques? Explore the science of rivers and watersheds? Come to Sitka this summer! Sitka Arts & Science Festival is a program for adults that brings together the arts and sciences for two sessions of exploration, inquiry, and adventure. In July 2016, experience the cultural and scientific riches of our community through hands-on workshops, guided hikes, boat trips, evening lectures, film screenings, and accommodation on our beautiful arts campus. Our faculty come with diverse experiences and are all leaders in their respective fields. For more information and registration, visit   
The Sitka Arts & Science Festival is hosted by Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Sound Science Center, the Island Institute, and the Sheldon Jackson Museum
Professional Development
Foraker Classes for March and April are available
Enrich your management skills, strengthen your understanding of your role as a board member, or start your journey in nonprofit best practices with Foraker community classes.

Highlights for the March & April class calendar include:
Free 30-minute phone call with Foraker consultant Suzanne Lagonoi on crisis communication (Space is limited, call 743-1200 to make an appointment.)

Visit the website at to see upcoming educational opportunities with the Foraker Group.

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 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

360 Xochi Quetzal: Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico
Deadline: August 7, 2016
360 Xochi Quetzal is a free artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency during the period of December 14, 2016 - January 13, 2017 Apply thru CAFÉ
We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 6 months). We still have some spaces available this summer and fall.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is hiring for the following positions:
FSAF 2016 Outreach Coordinator 
Festival Ops Office Manager 
Assistant Festival Ops Office Manager 
Music Librarian Assistant 
Crew Member 
Music Librarian Personnel Manager 
Outreach Intern 
Communications Intern 
Click here for more information, including links to position descriptions. Send cover letter & resume
via email to
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is seeking applications for the following positions:
The William E. Davis Summer Internship 
Science Specialist 
Lead Audio/Visual/Interactive Exhibitions Technician (AVIT) 
Director of Learning and Engagement 
Click here for extended position descriptions and application.  

Museum of the Aleutians Association, Inc. Seeks Museum Director
Deadline to Apply: March 25, 2016

The Museum of the Aleutians Association, Inc. a non-profit organization that manages and operates the local museum in Unalaska, AK, seeks a skilled, administrator with experience in museum and/or non-profit management. This professional, exempt position has overall responsibility for leadership and management of the museum. The Museum Director reports directly to the MOTA Board of Directors.

The minimum qualifications include: An advanced degree in museum studies or related field; Experience as an administrator or manager in a museum or non-profit organization is desirable; Experience in grant writing and fiscal management, computer skills, public relations skills, and oral and written communication skills; demonstrate ability to relate to and communicate with culturally diverse communities; and Demonstrate time and project management skills. The MOTA is an equal opportunity employer.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Contact for position description. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and at least three professional references to the Museum of the Aleutians PO Box 648, Unalaska, AK 99685, or email to:

For more information, please email
Articles of Public Interest
2016 Mayors' Awards Nominations
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2016, 6 pm

Alaska's Interior Mayors and Fairbanks Arts Association are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Interior Mayors' Awards for the Arts! Awards are open to all individuals or groups, residing in the interior of Alaska who have made significant contributions to contemporary and/or traditional arts within Alaska's Interior.

Award Categories
  • Arts and Leadership Award: recognizes individuals or organizations that have contributed to the promotion of the arts in the Interior.
  • Volunteer Award: recognizes individuals or organizations, whose support of the arts through volunteer service, has made a significant impact on the arts in the Interior.
  • Arts Advocacy Award: recognizes individuals or organizations who champion the arts with advocacy that supports the development of arts programming within the Interior.
  • Youth Arts Award: recognizes individuals (regardless of age) or organizations whose efforts advance arts among young people.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: recognizes a lifetime of endeavors in the field of arts.
Visit the Fairbanks Arts Association website for more information (including the nomination form) here:

Americans for the Arts is requesting help with their new "Arts &" Initiative, that seeks to expand their foundation of information about-and understanding of-how the arts are at work within a range of different sectors and issue areas. They would love your help building their knowledge and connections as AFTA starts mapping the Arts & work in four areas: Public Safety, Environment, Immigration, and Race. They are looking for reports, research papers, case studies, frameworks, projects, initiatives-any resources that would be useful to the field. If you are at work in any of these areas, or are aware of work within these areas, please send resources and information to Animating Democracy Program Coordinator Alicia Gregory at
Lower 48 Artists Selected for Residencies in Alaska
Rasmuson Foundation has announced the selection of four artists from the Lower 48 who will each spend eight weeks in residence this fall, at arts organizations in Alaska. These residencies take place as part of the Foundation's Artist Residency Program. The artists selected for the program include:
Robyn Renee Hasty, an artist from Brooklyn, New York who works primarily with photography, sculpture and installation, will be in residence at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.
Courtney M. Leonard, a multidisciplinary artist from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York, will be in residence at the Native Art Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks and was nominated by the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Italian by birth, Claudio Orso-Giacone is a printmaker, paper artist, and mask and puppet maker from Oberlin, Ohio. He will be in residence at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer and was nominated by Zygote Press, who praised his ability to invigorate communities with his "dynamic and large personality and with his very thoughtful, detailed, large-scale wood cuts." 
Nikki Zielinski is a poet based in Cleveland, Ohio. Nominated by Djerassi Resident Artists Program, she will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka.   

Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 and brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska each year for 60-day residencies. The Artist Residency Program is intended to support the creative growth of Alaska's artists and arts organizations, expose Alaskans to new work and creative processes of Lower 48 artists, and introduce Lower 48 communities to unique Alaska perspectives through extended engagements with artists.
Contact Us
ASCA Staff
Shannon Daut, Executive Director
(907) 269-6607  

Saunders McNeill, Native & Community Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6603  

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director
(907) 269-6605  

Laura Forbes, Arts in Education Program Director
(907) 269-6682 

Janelle Matz, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank Manager
(907) 269-6604

Gina Signe Brown, Administrative Manager
(907) 269-6608  

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

ASCA Council Members

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

For additional information, please visit our web site:  


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