June 2016 ASCA News 

Above: 1% for Art piece by Fairbanks artist, Sara Tabbert. This three-panel work is relief carved and painted yellow cedar. Tabbert just completed the installation of this work in the UAA--Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus student dormitory. Tabbert is currently in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH as part of the Rasmuson Foundation 2016 Artist Residency Program. Photo courtesy Sara Tabbert. 

In This Issue
A Note from Andrea
Summer Festivals
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 Andrea
I hope you are all enjoying our early summer! At ASCA, our Annual Meeting with the entire Council is in Anchorage at our office June 10-11. We are pleased to invite you to a community meet and greet on Friday evening, June 10th, at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Our former executive director, Shannon Daut, will be in attendance along with Anthony Radich, executive director from the Western States Arts Federation. We hope you will join us! To RSVP, please go to: http://bit.ly/ASCA_meet_n_greet. We are grateful to WESTAF and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation for supporting this event.
While the search continues for a new executive director, we are focused on our mission and new strategic plan during this time of transition. ASCA staff are working diligently to represent, support and advance the creative endeavors of individuals, organizations and agencies throughout Alaska. We are working to post the position opening on Workplace Alaska as well as national networks, as soon as possible.
In other news, I am sure you are aware that we await a complete budget for FY17. We are following this closely and are hopeful that we will be able to update you on news of annual grant funding, following the Council's Annual Meeting.  We appreciate your understanding as we close our fiscal year

Andrea Noble-Pelant, ASCA Acting Executive Director 

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and The CIRI Foundation have partnered to fund a unique pilot program. Designed to ASCA's Alaska Native Leadership cohort recommendations, the experimental program invests directly in ASCA's Alaska Native Arts Leadership cohort's professional development and underwrites community capacity building through the delivery of art-making opportunities to rural Alaska communities.
Three ASCA Leadership cohort members were awarded ARTShop grants to develop, organize and implement an art-making workshop within their home communities.

Sven Haakanson, Jr. will collaborate with Alfred Naumoff Jr. and Speridon Simeonoff to document and collect wood materials from the beaches on Cape Alitak, Alaska to construct a traditional single person kayak. Alfred Naumoff Jr. is the last traditional kayak builder from the Kodiak region and his living knowledge is extremely important to document and share with other community members.

Lena Amason-Berns will partner with her Old Harbor community on a Traditional Alutiiq Cell Phone project that ties Alutiiq cultural values together with contemporary and customary art practices and performance.

Anna Hoover and Master Weaver, Marilyn Hansen will work together in their Bristol Bay community of Naknek to provide a 'grass sewers' workshop for local adults and teenagers. Marilyn will teach the group unique grass collection, preparation and care techniques. Under her tutelage each workshop participant will complete a small grass weaving project.
The ARTShops pilot program goals are to support and expand ASCA Alaska Native Leadership cohort members' existing professional capacity by:
  • Strengthening the peer-to-peer learning relationship among cohort members
  • Supporting cohort leaders to enhance their administrative skills to develop, design and administer locally appropriate art-making workshops
  • Nurturing a stronger working relationship between cohort members, ASCA staff and additional professionals identified through the collaborative learning process
ARTShops will take place throughout this summer and be completed by the end of September. Congratulations to our three award recipients. We look forward to sharing more about their experiences and communities' creative discovery process in the autumn.  

In May, the Rasmuson Foundation announced that 36 Alaskans have received Individual Artist Awards for 2016. Congratulations to these awardees, chosen from nearly 400 applicants, and including literary artists, photographers, crafts artists, poets, multi-disciplinary artists, carvers, composers, folk and traditional artists, performance artists, novelists, and installation artists! On May 19th, these artists were celebrated at an event in the Sydney Laurence Theatre of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Don Decker of Anchorage was named the 2016 Distinguished Artist. Decker has been actively making art in Alaska since 1971.This $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. You can learn about Decker's life in art by visiting the Rasmuson Foundation website at http://www.rasmuson.org/news/don-decker-2016-distinguished-artist/.

10 mid-career or mature artists were selected for Fellowship Awards, and will receive $18,000 to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work.

2016 Fellowship Award Recipients are:
  • Phillip Blanchett, Anchorage | performance development
  • Ben Huff, Juneau | photographic publication
  • Libby Roderick, Anchorage | music recording and production
  • Linda Infante Lyons, Anchorage | visual art and social change
  • Melissa Mitchell, Anchorage | songwriting and creation of work
  • Keren Lowell, Anchorage | artist network development
  • Nathan Shafer, Anchorage | digital artist publication
  • Karrie Pavish Anderson, Galena | music composition and creation of work
  • Rebecca Lyon, Anchorage | international exhibition and professional development
  • Stephen Qacung Blanchett, Anchorage | solo career exploration and development
15 emerging, mid-career or mature artists were selected for Project Awards, and will receive $7500 for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work.

2016 Project Award Recipients are:
  • Tom Chung, Anchorage | visual art creation
  • Emily Anderson, Fairbanks | music production
  • Christy NaMee Eriksen, Juneau | poetry and video production
  • Chloe Keller, Anchorage | fashion design and creation
  • Joshua Corbett, Anchorage | documentary photography
  • Bryan Fierro, Anchorage | screenwriting
  • Jacqueline Madsen, Kodiak | doll-making exhibition and publication
  • Anna Hoover, Naknek | documentary film-making
  • Steven Stone, Sr., Hooper Bay | work space development
  • Jenni May Toro, Anchorage | music composition and production
  • Joe Yelverton, Anchorage | documentary photography
  • Rebecca Menzia, Fairbanks | music production
  • Seth Kantner, Kotzebue | development and completion of book
  • Gretchen Sagan, Anchorage | international exhibition and professional development
  • Jacinthe TwoBulls, Hydaburg | creation of wearable design
  • Chad David Benjamin Taylor, Anchorage | work space development
  • Karl Pasch, Anchorage | music composition and performance
  • Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Juneau | equipment purchase and photographic exhibition
  • Joan Naviyuk Kane, Anchorage | equipment purchase and development of work
  • Darius Mannino, Tenakee Springs | creation of work and performance
  • Eric Mouffe, Anchorage | equipment purchase and professional development
  • Sarah E. Mitchell, Fairbanks | music production
  • Ruby Suzanna Jones, Anchorage | performance and documentation of work
  • Keeper Theodore Nott, Anchorage | work space development
  • Desiree Hagen, Fritz Creek | creation of work
For complete information about these artists and how they will utilize their Individual Artist Awards, visit the Rasmuson Foundation website at http://www.rasmuson.org/news/foundation-announces-2016-individual-artist-award-recipients/ . For information about the Individual Artist Award Program, go to http://www.rasmuson.org/grants/individual-artist-awards/.
Fairbanks Arts Association's 2016 Interior Alaska Mayors' Awards for the Arts
Recipients Announced
Alaska's Interior mayors and Fairbanks Arts Association are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Interior Mayors' Awards for the Arts.
  • Arts and Leadership Award: Dr. Eduard Zilberkant, Music Director & Conductor for the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
  • Volunteer Award: Jack Morris, Volunteer Fairbanks Concert Association House manager for over 20 years.
  • Arts Advocacy Award: Cassandra Tilly, founding member of Opera Fairbanks
  • Youth Arts Award: Peggy Swartz, one of the creators of the Fairbanks School of Talent Education,
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Melinda Mattson & Richard Ussery, Directors, Producers, Costumes, Authors, Owners of 'Art Productions'
Interior Mayors' Awards for the Arts 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 their respective community. A person who receives an award is not eligible to receive the same award within the next four years; they may be nominated for a different category within that time frame. A complete list of past award winners is available at: https://fairbanksarts.org/events/mayorsawards/

2016 NEA Our Town and Design Grants Awarded in Alaska
Alaska Design Forum, Inc. - $30,000
Field/Discipline: Design
Anchorage Museum Association (aka Anchorage Museum) - $25,000
Field/Discipline: Museum
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra - $15,000
Field/Discipline: Music
University of Alaska at Anchorage - $15,000
Field/Discipline: Theater & Musical Theater
Sealaska Heritage Institute (aka SHI) - $100,000
Field/Discipline:Design: Our Town
Sealaska Heritage Institute (aka SHI) - $10,000
Field/Discipline: Arts Education
Organized Village of Kasaan - $75,000
Field/Discipline: Design: Our Town
A list of all awarded projects organized by state/jurisdiction and city, with more information about each award, is available here. A list of all awarded projects organized by category and artistic discipline is available here.

Summer Festivals in Alaska
'Tis the season for summer festivals and gatherings! Each month, through August, we will share information about upcoming summer festivals in communities across the state. We know that the arts and culture--from community dances to food ways, and playwrighting to bagpiping--play an important role in the way communities gather to celebrate the summer months in Alaska. We are certain this list does not include all the community festivals and gatherings that occur. If there is a festival or community gathering you would like us to share in July or August, or something you'd like us to include in this list for next summer, please send us with information about the event, including links to further information for those who might like to attend and see how your community expresses itself through arts and cultural activity.

Here's what's coming in June!

Sitka Summer Music Festival-May 31-June 26-Various Locations in Sitka http://www.sitkamusicfestival.org/
Chickenstock Music Festival-June10 & 11-in Chicken https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chickenstock-Music-Festival/354189617933639
Kenai River Festival-June10-12-Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna http://www.kenaiwatershed.org/krf/kenairiverfestival.html
Colony Days Celebration-June10-12-Downtown Palmer http://palmerchamber.net/events/colony-days.html
Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference-June 10-14-Kachemak Bay Campus-Kenai Peninsula College/UAA   http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/
Last Frontier Theatre Conference-June 12-18-Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez   http://www.theatreconference.org/
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival-June16-19-Susan B English School in
Euphoria Denali-June 17-18-49th State Brewery in Denali https://www.facebook.com/events/1708155426090501
Downtown Summer Solstice Festival-June 18-4th Ave in Anchorage http://anchoragedowntown.org/about-adp/latest-news/downtown-summer-solstice-festival/
PrideFest-June 18-25-Anchorage   http://alaskapride.org/
Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival-June 18 & 19-Downtown Moose Pass https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moose-Pass-Summer-Solstice-Festival/362408407159617?_rdr
Midnight Sun Festival-June 19-Downtown Fairbanks

Road To Warped Tour-June 22-Sullivan Arena in Anchorage http://vanswarpedtour.com/dates/anchorage/

9th Annual Valley Arts Alliance Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest-June 25-Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla http://www.valleyartsalliance.com/
Alaska Scottish Highland Games-June25 & 26-Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer http://www.alaskascottish.org/

For a list of festivals through August 2016, click here.

ASCA Dates and Deadlines
ASCA Annual Council Meeting | June 10-11, 2016

Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants
are open for FY17 on a rolling deadline. For guidelines, information and application, click here

Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations Excursion and Access Grants are open for FY17 on a rolling deadline. For guidelines, information and application, click here.  

Community Arts Development Grants, Career Opportunity Grants, Walker Grants, Workshop Grants, Master Artist and Apprentice Grants and Rasmuson Cultural Collaborations Project Grants Deadline | Sepember 1, 2016. For more information about these grants, click here.

Artist in Schools Grants and Statewide Teaching Artist Roster Round II Deadline for FY 17 | November 1, 2016. For more information about these programs, click here.

Community Arts Development Grants, Career Opportunity Grants, Walker Grants, Workshop Grants, Master Artist and Apprentice Grants and Rasmuson Cultural Collaborations Project Grants Deadline | Deceomber 1, 2016. For more information about these grants, click here.
Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art Request for Qualifications
Deadline for Entries: Friday, June 10, 2016 9:59 PM

Project: U-Med Transit Shelter Renovation
Contact: Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, (907) 343-6473
Amount of Commission: $18,750
Eligibility: Northern Regions: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Yukon 

People Mover Public Transit service in the UMED (University-Medical) District experiences one of the highest ridership demand in the Anchorage area. The UMED District Transit and Pedestrian Improvements project will improve an existing bus stop to meet this demand. The project will provide a new bus shelter and will enhance pedestrian safety and mobility by providing new pedestrian lighting and better pathway circulation.  

Project construction will begin in Spring of 2017 and will be completed by summer 2017. The installation of artwork will likely take place in the same timeframe.For complete information and application, visit the call on callforentry.org at: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3218&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes

Artists are required to submit the following items:
1) Six digital images of past work should be loaded into CaFE (callforentry.org) following the guidelines on that site.
2) Each image should be identified with title, materials, dimensions, and value.
3) Current 1-2 page resume, including 3 professional references.
4) Your artist statement should include a description of why you are interested or particularly qualified for this project.  It should also address any experience or work sample deficiencies in relation to your chosen medium.
5)  Answers to required questions about location, medium, and commission level.

For questions or more information, contact the Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, Enzina Marrari marrarivj@muni.org (907) 343-6473
Calls for Art | Earthquake/Air National Guard Memorial
Location: Valdez, Alaska
Deadline for Entries: July 1, 2016
Amount of Commission: $75,000 - $250,000
The City of Valdez is seeking proposals for the design and implementation of a public memorial to the victims of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, and the related deaths of the Air National Guardsmen that followed. The memorial will be located at Dock Point Park in Valdez, Alaska, a location with roadside access, a view of the water, and an adjacent hiking trail. Eligibility is Alaska-only. For the complete RFQ, click here. Contact: Patricia Relay, director@valdezmuseum.org, (907) 835-2764

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 £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 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  

Arc Gallery | Sacred & Profane National Juried Exhibition 2016
Deadline:  September 11th, 2016
Exhibition Dates: November 12, 2016 - December 10, 2016
Arc Gallery is seeking works that pit the sacred against the profane. Works may incorporate both concepts or favor either one. Literal as well as symbolic interpretations welcome!  
 A Juror's Award ribbon, certificate & $250 award will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme.
The juror will select works that will be exhibited in the Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom Street and works that will be included only on the Arc On-line Gallery. All artwork selected will be included in the exhibition catalog. Catalogs will be available for order at the time of notification.
For complete prospectus and entry form, go to http://www.arc-sf.com/sacred--profane.html
Arc Gallery,1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA  94103 415-298-7969 www.arc-sf.com 
Grants and Funding
Program Solicitation: National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs
Deadline: July 12, 2016

In recent years, the National Endowment for the Arts' research portfolio has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through a new program, the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs (NEA Research Labs), we seek to support a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike.

The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization(s) (Cooperator) to undertake the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs program. For complete program solicitation, visit the website at 

Our Town | NEA Announces Guidelines for 2017 Creative Placemaking Grants
Deadline: September 12, 2016

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.
For complete information, guidelines and applications visit https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

Education and Youth
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/.

2016 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) National Forum Session Proposals Sought
Deadline: June 17

The deadline for submitting your concurrent session proposal for the 2016 AEP National Forum is fast approaching! This year's forum will be held in downtown Denver, Oct. 5-7 at the "uniquely fun" Curtis Hotel. AEP partners and leaders from around the nation are invited to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for the next America. 

The 2016 National Forum will focus on the role and contribution of the arts in addressing the priority areas outlined in The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. 
  • Proposals given the strongest consideration will address one or more of these priority areas:
  • Raise Student Achievement and Success
  • Support Effective Educators and School Leaders
  • Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment
  • Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge
 Please review the complete AEP 2016 National Forum Guidelines for more details. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m. PST. Click here to submit your proposal form online.  

Fresh Film Northwest Submissions Now Open
Deadline: August 27, 2016
Fresh Film Northwest is an annual juried survey of work by up-and-coming teen filmmakers, giving a giving a glimpse into the heart and spirit of the Pacific Northwest's next generation. And we want to see your films! Submission deadline is August 27th and it is free to enter. 
Now in its 40th year, this is an opportunity for Northwest youth filmmakers, aged 13 to 19, to have their work viewed by professional media artists and presented to the public. Submissions are judged by a jury panel of professional filmmakers and educators. Individual and group submissions from youth aged 13 to 19 who live in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia are accepted. 
Entries selected by the jury will be shown at an awards ceremony as part of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival in the Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium and distributed online for year-round, international audiences.

Professional Development
Foraker Group | Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence Applications open for fall
Deadline for Application: July 15, 2016

Whether you are on top of your game or looking to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, you will measurably enhance your results and your experience of life when you participate in this program. The program is open to senior leaders, funding officers, and board members with a commitment to the nonprofit sector.

In the Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence you will:
  • Become more effective in work and personal relations than ever before.
  • Increase self-awareness and learn how to consciously choose behaviors that are more consistent with your intentions.
  • Transform workplace disputes and conflicts into opportunities for deeper understanding and positive change.
  • Be more effective in achieving goals individually and as part of a team.
  • Discover your unique strengths as a leader and how to apply them more fully for better results.
  • Determine your leadership style and learn how to identify and work with people of different leadership styles.
  • Learn about authentic leadership, how being true to yourself and your style serves you and the organization.
  • Increase confidence and reduce stress.
  • Understand how your sense of purpose fits with that of your organization.
  • Create a more fulfilling, engaged work life for yourself, improving satisfaction and effectiveness.
  • Experience more balance between work and life.
  • Build a strong support network that helps you achieve your goals.
  • Leave with specific tools and action steps in place to reinforce your learning and impact your results.
For complete information, schedule, contacts and application materials, Click Here.

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

Wrangell Mountain Center
With snow mostly melted and days growing longer, the Wrangell Mountains Center is getting ready to kick off the 2016 season. Returning programs include Family Music Camp and the Riversong writing workshop on the river. Visitors include a team of swallow researchers in from Cornell and the UAF Glaciology Summer School.

Check our website's 2016 schedule for the full program list at http://www.wrangells.org/2016-schedule/

2016 WMC Schedule
Multi-Day Programs
June 7-17 - International Summer School in Glaciology
July 14-17 - Family Music Camp
July 20-27 - RiverSong Writing Workshop
August 12-14 - Ice Mysteries and Stories 

Early Summer Events
Saturday, May 28 - Weekend Community Work Party
Saturday, June 4 - Birding Walk with Mark Vail

360 Xochi Quetzal: Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico
Deadline: August 7, 2016
Early Bird Coupon Code: XQEARLY (for applications received before 7/1/16 only)
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. For more information, go to

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is hiring for the following positions:
Administrative Assistant
FSAF 2016 Outreach Coordinator 
Outreach Intern
Communications Intern
Assistant Festival Ops Office Manager 

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:
Tourism and Group Sales Administrator
Accounting Specialist
Director of Design
Education and School Group Coordinator
Collections Registrar

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

Kodiak Historical Society/Baranov Museum is seeking a Curator of Collections and Exhibits.
The Kodiak Historical Society & Baranov Museum is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to join our team in beautiful Kodiak, Alaska.   The Curator of Collections and Exhibits position is primarily responsible for securing and caring for the objects and artifacts in the collections, and facilitating public access to the collections through research, interpretive writing, and exhibit design. 
This full-time, benefited position will be open until May 13th, 2016. 
To download the complete job description and instructions to apply, Click Here .

For more information, contact Tiffany K. Brunson, Executive Director, Kodiak Historical Society Baranov Museum, 101 Marine Way, Kodiak AK 99615 (907) 486-5920 or (907) 486-5908 - office line. www.baranovmuseum.org 

City of Ketchikan Museum Director, Ketchikan AK
The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to direct and participate in the operation of two city-owned museums: the Tongass Historical Museum, a small community museum; and the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves 19th century totem poles, in addition to conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives. The Museum Director oversees a staff of eight.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator and manager with broad museum experience, including administration; budgeting and planning; staff supervision; collections care; and exhibit and program development. Demonstrated leadership, creativity, and style are essential. With a small staff and limited resources, the person selected will be expected to deliver exhibits and programs that not only engage the community, but also educate and entertain visitors.

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry. The climate is mild, but rainy. Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.

A full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at http://www.ktn-ak.us/jobs. Information about the museums can be found at http://www.ktn-ak.us/museums.Please direct questions to Anita Maxwell, Sr. Curator of Programs, at 907-225-5900. 
Director, Pratt Museum, Homer AK
The Pratt Museum seeks an energetic, creative, and compassionate professional to lead our award-winning museum of art, science, and culture.  In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Director is responsible for outreach, operations, and program oversight, including strategic planning, development, and completion of a major capital campaign. Applicants should have minimum three years administrative experience in museum or comparable nonprofit setting and possess strong financial management, marketing and fundraising skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.   Salary: DOE.

Complete job description available at www.prattmuseum.org under the News tab.  Send CV with letter of interest to: Search Committee, Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St.  Homer, AK  99603
or searchcommittee@prattmuseum.org. Deadline to apply: July 10, 2016.

The Theater Offensive is an LGBT cultural organization in Boston with an annual budget of $1.2M, seeking a new Managing DirectorClick here for the job announcement. Applications are due June 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

The Theater Offensive, 565 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116 , phone 617- 661- 1600, MDjob@TheTheaterOffensive.org

Articles of Interest
Every Student Succeeds Act Resources
With states around the country beginning to implement the work outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of the Arts Education Partnership's (AEP) priorities is to ensure that the arts and education communities have the resources necessary to engage in the many opportunities ESSA opens up for expanding the arts in U.S. classrooms.

As states and districts continue to define and implement ESSA, AEP and AEP partner organizations are currently working with other arts and education stakeholders to provide an understanding of the timing and opportunities available for the arts education community through ESSA; the knowledge and resources to engage in the implementation of ESSA as it proceeds at both the state and local levels; and exemplars of innovative policies and programs that engage the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

As a first step in this process, an evolving set of ESSA resources have been cultivated to inform stakeholders about ESSA and the implications for the arts. Click here for a copy. Stay tuned to the AEP website and the ArtsEd Digest for updates.

Free Admission at 2000+ Museums Nationwide for Military Families As Part of Seventh Year of Blue Star Museums
NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the seventh annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

The complete list of participating museums is available on the Blue Star Museum web section at https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums. Check out the complete press release at https://www.arts.gov/news/2016/free-admission-2000-museums-nationwide-military-families-part-seventh-year-blue-star-0.  

Americans for the Arts Releases Statement on Cultural Equity
Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, on May 23rd, announced the release of a new statement on cultural equity. The effort was driven by the board of Americans for the Arts, compelled to re-commit the action, time, and resources toward cultural equity after field-wide engagement with changing demographics and changing habits of participation and consumption of the arts.

To support a full creative life for all, Americans for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation.
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) defines cultural equity as embodying the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources. The new cultural equity statement sets a direction for Americans for the Arts' work going forward.

"While our commitment to this core belief has never wavered, the political, social, and economic circumstances in which we carry out our mission are constantly evolving," stated Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "As the local arts field reacts to and anticipates change, all of us must recognize inequities and continuously work to find ways to achieve greater access to a full vibrant cultural life. True change is never a one and done deal; we can always do better."
To read the full statement from AFTA, and to understand the process by which the agency developed this statement, visit their website at http://www.americansforthearts.org/about-americans-for-the-arts/statement-on-cultural-equity. And connect to a recent blog post from Clayton Lord at http://blog.americansforthearts.org/2016/05/23/the-humble-step.

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