April 2016 ASCA News 

All nine Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists, from L to R: Kylie Wallace, Sam Blom, Savannah Bowery, Kaye GumeraRachel Moore, Shannon Croft, Briannah Letter, Ashelyn Rude, Juliana Smit. On March 15th, these Alaskan students from across the state competed in Anchorage in the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition in Juneau. Photo by Seanna O'Sullivan Hines.
In This Issue
A Note from Shannon
Dillingham Workshop
Arts Partnership Spotlight
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Shannon

Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion, Shannon Croft recites during the Alaska State Finals on March 15th. Photo by Seanna O'Sullivan Hines. 

I am pleased to share that the winner of the 2016 Alaska Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Shannon Croft of West Anchorage High School, and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Paul F. Asicksik Sr, School in Shaktoolik! The Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition was held March 15th at the @360 North Studio in Juneau, with nine State Finalists from high schools throughout the state of Alaska competing for state champion.  
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists for 2016 were: 
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Runner-up, Rachel Moore, recites at the Alaska State Finals on March 15th. Photo by Seanna O'Sullivan Hines. 
  • 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
Shannon Croft will be heading to Washington, DC May 3-4th to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Competition, with a chance to win a $20,000 award. This is Alaska's 11th year participating in the Poetry Out Loud Competition. In 2015, Maeva Ordaz, representing Alaska and West Anchorage High School, went on to win the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.
The webcast of the Alaska State Competition has been archived and is available for viewing at http://www.360north.org/video/poetry-loud-2016/. It will also be rebroadcast on 360 North. The National Semifinals and Finals will be webcast, as well. Go to http://www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/national-finals for a complete schedule of the National Finals, and watch this space for information about the live webcast, and hosting a viewing party in your community.

Please join me in congratulating Shannon and Rachel on their accomplishments, and cheering on Shannon in Washington, DC next month!
Professional Development Workshop in Dillingham
Alaska State Council on the Arts staff will be traveling to Dillingham next week to present a Professional Development Workshop for Alaska Native artists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus, on April 14-15, 2016.
The goal of the workshop is to provide meaningful tools for Bristol Bay region's Alaska Native artists as they work to hone their skills and lead successful and fulfilling artistic lives. The workshop curriculum is centered on ASCA's Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook, which was recently published by ASCA in partnership with The CIRI Foundation.
Artists will learn more about how to: enhance their creative work, identify and expand marketing tools and skills, discover needed assets, stage a successful business, strengthen professional business relationships, establish critical networks, and expand their opportunities within the marketplace. The workshop will highlight opportunities that arts organizations, funding agencies, small business development centers, and educational and professional development training programs have to offer artists.
The workshop is designed in collaboration with local partners including the University of Alaska Fairbanks Dillingham Campus, Bristol Bay Native Association, and the Dillingham Arts Council. It is funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and The CIRI Foundation. The World Wildlife Fund has generously sponsored the purchase of the training workbooks, valued at $25 each, for every workshop participant.
This workshop enhances a "Spirit of Bristol Bay" rural entrepreneurship course series designed to support the region's healthy vibrant communities and advance economic opportunities for people of all talents. All sessions will be hosted at the Dillingham Campus.
There is no fee to attend. However, advanced workshop registration is requested to ensure there are ample workbooks available. Please contact Debbie Edwardson at UAF Dillingham Campus at dlmclean@alaska.edu or 907-842-5109 to register for the workshop or to schedule an individual artist consultation with Alaska State Council on the Arts staff.

Arts Partnership Spotlight
Artist Heidi Wyrick with Palette Art Studio instructs a child at the Providence Center for Child Development in Anchorage while painting a piece for the Art By Children _ABC_ Project.
In celebration of thread's 30th anniversary, this non-profit organization, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, selected Alaskan artists to create thirty pieces of artwork with young children in statewide early care and learning programs.
This project is titled ABC - Art By Children. Artists incorporate red thread into each art project that will be featured in thread's Follow Your Dreams Art Showcase and Auction.

Selected artists and thread program sites are:
  • Kenna Bates, Anchorage
  • Larissa Aaberg, Anchorage
  • Heidi Wyrick, Anchorage
  • Sara Tabbert, Fairbanks
  • Klara Maisch, Fairbanks
  • Cindy Shake, Anchorage
  • Inari Kylanen, Juneau
    Children at Palmer Daycare in Ketchikan work with yarn and other materials under the direction of artist Nissa Dash to create artwork for the Art By Children _ABC_ Project
  • Nissa Dash, Ketchikan
  • Robin Child, White Mountain, Elim, Koyuk
  • Rebecca Brubaker, Talkeetna, Palmer
  • Tamora Harding-Childs, Wasilla, Willow

The artwork will be on exhibit at thread's Follow Your Dreams Art Showcase and Auction from 5:30 - 7:00 pm Saturday, April 30, at the ConocoPhillips Atrium in Anchorage. This event will feature the artwork of the Art By Children (ABC) Project, a partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts and thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Tickets are available at: www.threadalaska.org/dreams.

Congratulations to Mary K. Wilts of the Anchorage School District, who received the 2016 Pacific Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year Award, from the National Art Education Association! Mary is the Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator for ASD.

NAEA President Patricia Franklin states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Mary K. Wilts exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation's fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at www.arteducators.org

Congratulations to Perseverance Theatre and Alaska Playwright Vera Starbard, named one of the residency partnerships for the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HowlRound for 2016-2019!

Perseverance Theatre will be the first residency site in Alaska through this program, and Vera Starbard (Tlingit and Dena'ina Athabascan) the first indigenous playwright named through the NPRP.

Funded and administered by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the playwright residencies have four main goals:
  • To advance the state of playwrights in the American theatre by providing them with space, time, and resources.
  • To influence the working environment of theatres by embedding playwrights in them.
  • To help the field (including other funders) understand the value of embedding playwrights in theatres.
  • To work toward an ideal of having writers become salaried employees of all theatres.
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants
Closed for FY16.This category will reopen for FY17. 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 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.

National Poetry Out Loud Competition May 3-4 in Washington, D.C. For complete schedule, 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
Rochester Contemporary Art Center Call for Entries: 6x6x2016
June 4 - July 17, 2016
Deadline: April 17

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for its 9th year! 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. 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. Read more at http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2016_intro.php#faq
Please visit http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2016_intro.php for more information.
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 kashi@alaska.net or visit http://artspacealaska.org/

Pratt Museum Open Call for 2017 Special Exhibit and Project Proposals
Deadline: April 30, 2016
The Pratt Museum is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2017 calendar year. Whether you're dreaming of a solo, group, or multimedia art installation, or taking a scientific, historical, or interdisciplinary look at this place we call home, we want to hear your proposals and ideas.
Proposals should fit within the museum's mission and values, and explore the culture, science and art of the Kachemak Bay region and its place in the world. Please download and complete the Exhibition Proposal Form by April 30, 2016. The Pratt exhibits committee will review proposals and make recommendations in May 2016.
For additional information, including the Pratt Museum's mission, programming, and past exhibits, please visit www.prattmuseum.org. Proposal information can be found under the "Exhibits" tab, or visit the direct links below.
Online Proposal Form
Download Pratt Exhibitions/Programs Proposal Form
Download Proposal Form Instructions

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:
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 http://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/celebration/celebration-programs. To ownload the application go to https://sealaskaheritage.wufoo.com/forms/xx7tvv913frb8d/.
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 sprucetip105@gmail.com. The keynote speaker will be David Igler, author of The Great Ocean. See http://alaskahistoricalsociety.org/2016-call-for-papers/ for complete information and information on how to shape proposals and presentations.

Conquer Cancer Foundation's 2017 Expressions of Hope Calendar
Deadline: May 13, 2016
We invite anyone who has been affected by cancer - patients, family members, get a friends and caregivers - to share your hope through art and submit to the calendar. A variety of mediums will be considered including oil, watercolor, charcoals, acrylics, pencil, pen and ink, and crayon, among others. Additionally, please consider letting others in your artistic community know about this open call for artwork.
Submission is free, and all the information you need on how to submit can be found on our website:
If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Woods by phone, 571-483-1340, or email tyler.woods@conquer.org

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
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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize   
Grants and Funding
National Endowment for the Arts | Challenge America Grants
Deadline: April 14, 2016 (SF-424 to grants.gov)

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

For complete information including timeline, full guidelines, application materials and contact visit the website at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description.

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.
For the complete press release, click here. Application guidelines for NEH Humanities Access Grants are available here

Alaska State Museum Grant-in-Aid for Alaska Museums Now Open
Deadline: June 1, 2016

The Alaska State Museum awards grants to Alaska museums and museum-related organizations, such as historical societies or support groups, for projects that improve the quality of museum services and operations within the state. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis once a year. Grant in Aid Categories include the Grant-in-Aid, the Mini-Grant, and Internships.

For complete information, including applications, eligibility requirements, tips for applying and past Grant-in-Aid awards, visit the website at http://museums.alaska.gov/grants.html.

Princess Grace Awards for Performing Arts
Deadline: Varies

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is currently accepting nominees for emerging talented artists in dance, theater, choreography, film, and playwriting. The Princess Grace Awards provide scholarships, fellowships, and apprenticeships to winners to encourage professional development in their respective field. Nominations must be submitted by a registered nonprofit organization, school department chair, or company artistic director (with the exception of playwrights, who can self-nominate).

For complete information, visit the website at http://www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/overview.

Education and Youth
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)
  • NEW! Inupiaq Cultural Arts Institute, May 16-20, 3 credits available; Tikigaq School in Point Hope ( In partnership with the North Slope Borough School District.) 
For complete information about AAEC's summer offerings, and to register, visit the website at http://akartsed.org/institutes/.

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/.

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 http://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/celebration/celebration-programs 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 acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.

Celebrate the West | Regional Art Competition
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.

Students will submit a digital copy of their entry via email by April 30, 2016. (Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc.) 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.
Finalists will be displayed at an upcoming WGA Governors' meeting. They will compete for a Best of Show award voted on by meeting attendees, which include governors and their staff, U.S. Cabinet members, and WGA sponsors.
"Celebrate the West" is open to high school students from Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Have a question? Email WGAart@westgov.org

VSA (Very Special Arts) Requests for Contract Proposals 2016-2017
Deadline: May 4, 2016
for Nonprofit Arts, Education & Cultural Organizations

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to perform the VSA programs listed below that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. View the Requests for Contract Proposals (RFPs) for specific program details.
  • VSA Arts Connect All - Professional Development Program
  • VSA Arts Connect All - Workshop/Residency Program
  • VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program  
  • VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program
  • VSA Playwright Discovery Program
  • VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program
  • VSA Museum Access for Kids Program
  • VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program
  • Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative
How to Apply: Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals online at the link specified in each RFP. The Kennedy Center will accept one contract proposal per organization for each RFP. Before applying, read RFPs thoroughly as updates have been made for the 2016-2017 contract cycle.

Complete program descriptions and RFP information and links are available at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm. To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak, sslitvak@kennedy-center.org, at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program | Call for Art
Deadline: June 1

(Re)Invention: Art + Innovation + Disability + Design is a juried exhibition of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, showcasing artwork created at the intersection of technology, innovation, and disability. Fifteen winners share a total of $60,000 in cash prizes, with a 1st prize of $20,000.

Winners are flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibit opening on Capitol Hill, and take part in a 3-day intensive professional development workshop. (Re)Invention will be exhibited at the Kennedy Center as part of a year-long national tour.

For complete information and application go to http://education.kennedy-center.org//education/vsa/programs/emergingartist.cfm.

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 iburov@alaskadancetheatre.org

Congressional Art Competition
Deadline: Varies

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative's office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office. Entry guidelines and an information/release form for the 2016 competition are now available. Please contact your representative to confirm your district's participation and obtain specific guidance. For complete information and entry instructions, visit the website at http://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/.
Professional Development
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 15th 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/

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 www.sitkafestival.org.
The Sitka Arts & Science Festival is hosted by Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Sound Science Center, the Island Institute, and the Sheldon Jackson Museum

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  www.callforentry.org
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 
Outreach Intern 
Communications Intern 

Visit the website at https://www.fsaf.org/jobs.php for more information, including links to position descriptions. Send cover letter & resume via email to info@fsaf.org
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is seeking applications for the following positions:
The William E. Davis Summer Internship 
Camp Instructional Assistants

Visit the website at https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/employment/ for extended position descriptions and application. 

The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council Seeks an Arts Education and Program Coordinator

The AEPC is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director, with occasional evening and weekend hours. The AEPC is responsible for managing the educational programming of KAAHC and assists in producing all programming of KAAHC.

Download complete job description and application instructions here. Visit the KAAHC website at http://ketchikanarts.org/.

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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