July 2016 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Andrea
Rasmuson Residency
Spotlight on Public Art
Summer Festivals
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Andrea
As we enter our new fiscal year, I wanted to take a moment to let you know about upcoming opportunities that support and strengthen Alaska's arts community by recognizing artists for excellence in their work.

The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres.  Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. The application opens July 14, 2016 on www.callforentry.org and the deadline for entries is September 1st, 2016 at 9:59 AKDT.

In early August, ASCA will be seeking nominations for the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts, as well as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate. Start thinking now about who you want to nominate for these important honors. The deadline for nominations for Governor's Awards for the Arts is September 15, 2016 and nominations for State Writer Laureate will be accepted through October 3, 2016.

This year, the categories for the Governor's Awards for the Arts are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Alaska Native Arts. The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 26, 2017. A list of previous awardees can be found here.
Visit our website here for information about last year's Governor's Awardees, and here for the Alaska State Writer Laureate program.
Lastly, it is our pleasure to congratulate Alaska artist Clarissa Rizal from Juneau who received recognition as a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Read more about her work and this prestigious award in our Bravo section below. Congratulations Clarissa!

Rasmuson Residency 
Application Period for Artist Residency Program Is Open Now!
Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications from Alaska artists and writers interested in fully-funded, two-month residencies in the Lower 48. All eligible Alaska-based artists are invited to apply. The deadline is August 15, and selections will be announced in mid-September.
Four Alaska-based artists are selected each year to participate in residencies at Lower 48-based art centers, and four Lower 48-based artists are paired with an Alaska arts organizations. Organizations receive funding to cover travel, administrative fees, housing, meals, materials, transportation, and a $4,000 stipend per artist.
Alaska artist Jimmy Riordan working with interns at Zygote Press, Cleveland Ohio, 2014 (Photo courtesy of Zygote Press)
Resources and complete application information are available on the Rasmuson Foundation website at    
If you missed the information session at the Alaska State Museum on July 7th, a recording of this webinar will be posted on the Artist Residency Program page. The page also includes Common Questions, and contact information.    

Alaska artists who have been selected in prior years of the program are Christine Byl, Ernestine Hayes, Arlitia Jones, Linda Lyons, Rosemary McGuire, Mary Matthews, Jimmy Riordan, Gretchen Sagan, Maria Shell, Sara Tabbert, Michael Walsh, Peter Williams and Sheila Wyne.

Fairbanks artist Mary Matthews was in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation
in Charlotte, North Carolina during Fall 2015. (Photo courtesy of McColl Center for Art + Innovation)

About the Artist Residency Program
Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which supports eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations and welcomes accomplished artists from Outside to Alaska organizations. The goals of the Artist Residency Program are 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.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, along with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), celebrates the achievements of Clarissa Rizal, member of the Raven T'akDein Taan (black-legged kittiwake) Clan of Hoonah/Glacier Bay, who was named a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow.
Rosita Kaaháni Worl, Ph.D., President of Sealaska Heritage Institute said, "Sealaska Heritage Institute is delighted to hear the news that the NEA awarded Clarissa Rizal a National Heritage fellowship. Rizal's leadership and commitment in revitalizing ancient Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving practices---art forms that are integral to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures---has contributed to a renaissance and resurgence of artists, who are dedicated to perpetuating these art forms and techniques. The fact that Rizal's work and accomplishments has been acknowledged by one of our highest cultural institutions is testament to Rizal's dedication and hard work, and is a welcome opportunity to highlight the significance of these art forms in our cultural heritage."
Rizal is one of nine 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows. These nine individuals are not only highly accomplished artists, but are also dedicated to sharing these art forms with new audiences and teaching a new generation of artists. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships include an award of $25,000 and the recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and a concert in Washington, DC, this September.
In addition, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is celebrating the National Heritage Fellows at a special concert the evening of July 3, 2016, which will serve as a preview for the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's full program on the NEA National Heritage Fellowships.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The folk and traditional arts connect us with those long-established artistic traditions that honor our identities. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships highlight these artists who have worked to ensure that these artistic traditions will continue for generations to come."
In Rizal's biography Aldona Jonaitis, director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, writes, "Several Tlingit elders mentored Rizal. Harry K. Bremner, Sr., taught her Native songs and dance and basketweaver Selina Peretrovich trained her to make spruce root baskets. But, perhaps most significantly, Rizal trained in Chilkat weaving by 1986 NEA National Heritage Fellow Jennie Thlunaut. When she first started weaving with Thlunaut, the oldest living woman trained in this complex textile technique at that time, almost no one knew how to make these powerful and, by that time, rare robes.
Following her mentor's directive to teach others how to weave, Rizal has educated scores of students in Chilkat, Ravenstail, and button robe techniques. Today at clan ceremonies as well as public festivals, the abundance of such textiles being worn and danced with is a testament to Rizal's training, influence, and inspiration."
For complete information about the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, visit the NEA Announcement here.

Spotlight on Public Art | Evon Zerbetz 
This month we celebrate a new public artwork by Ketchikan artist, Evon Zerbetz! We are Written in the Layers of the Earth was unveiled last month at the opening of the new State Library Archives and Museum (SLAM) in Juneau. This art commission represents a milestone in Zerbetz's career and took 3.5 years from the time she applied to the building opening in June 2016.

Here's what Zerbetz told us about the impact of this project on her career:

"I worked with a team of crafts people at Derix glass studio near Frankfurt, Germany for a month. In my rare free time, I was able to wander through the factory and observe other projects. It was exciting to walk by all the models/management for high profile projects like Narcissus Quagliata's dome every day. This exposure gave me a look at contemporary glass installations from inception through creation, and I was able to learn about even more techniques. This experience has changed how I look at public art glass installations."

In the Derix Glass factory, glass shards are swept between the cracks of the original wood block floor at the glass cutting area. 
"Every work day at 1pm, any visiting artists on campus would stop work and gather at Frau Derix's lunch table for hot lunch and conversation with artists from many countries. At times, it was an inspiring think-tank of culture, art, and politics in Europe, as well as fellowship of other career artists.

They built a space outside for me that I affectionately called "the hut", and told them that it is VERY Alaskan. I worked standing up and on a ladder, 12 -1 4 hour days with lights mounted behind my glass for a giant light table effect."

Evon Zerbetz at The Friends of SLAM's behind-the-scenes opening. This 65-foot glass wall and carved wood panel was influenced by Zerbetz's extensive work as a printmaker. 

The state librarians and archivists are great stewards of the artwork and always eager to describe the fabrication process to visitors.

"Working with large-scale fabricators gave me opportunity to grow skills and 'language' in glass and wood that I hope to bring to new projects. Additionally, I gained experience in managing large budgets and confidence to consider applying for similar projects in other states."

For more photos of Zerbetz's work and Derix Glass visit http://www.evonzerbetz.com/ and http://www.derix.com/
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 July!

Bear Paw Festival - July 6-10 - Downtown Eagle River http://www.bearpawfestival.org/
Angry,Young & Poor - July 9 - Ester Community Park https://www.facebook.com/groups/61160664561/
Copper River Wild! Salmon Jam - July 15 & 16 - Cordova http://www.copperriverwild.org/
Spectrum Music and Arts - July 15-17 - Sandy River Amphitheater in Willow https://www.spectrumfestivalalaska.com/
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival - July 17-31 - Various Venues inFairbanks http://www.fsaf.org/
World Eskimo-Indian Olympics - July 20-23 - Carlson Center in Fairbanks http://www.weio.org/
Deltana Fair & Music Festival - July 29-31 - Delta Junction http://www.deltanafair.com/
Southeast Alaska State Fair - July 28-30 - Haines http://www.seakfair.org/
Nome Salmonberry Jam Folk Fest - July 29-31 - Nome https://www.facebook.com/nomefolkfest
Blueberry Arts Festival - August 5-7 - Ketchikan various venues http://ketchikanarts.org/events-programs/blueberry-arts-festival/blueberry-arts-festival

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

ASCA Dates and Deadlines
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.

Alaska Literary Awards Deadline | September 1, 2016, 9:59 ADT
Governor's Awards for the Arts nomination deadline | September 15, 2016
Alaska State Writer Laureate nomination deadline | October 3, 2016

FY17 ASCA Annual Meeting | October 28-29, 2016, Anchorage

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
Ryan Middle School Percent for Art Announcement
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Proposals are being accepted for art work for the new Ryan Middle School located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The selection committee is seeking art work for multiple sites, with a total budget of $330,000. Proposals can be submitted either electronically or through the mail.  Please visit the school district's homepage at http://www.k12northstar.org for the prospectus.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Art Coordinator Jenifer Cameron at jenifer.cameron@k12northstar.org(907) 328-0701 or FNSBSD Facilities Director Mark Nilson at mark.nilson@k12northstar.org.

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 

Greater Denton Arts Council Call for Entries | 2017 Materials Hard + Soft
Deadline September 30, 2016
The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.
How to Enter
The 2017 online submission form with full application details is now available here:
https://form.jotform.com/GDAC/MHS2017application. To be considered for the exhibition, entries must be received by September 30, 2016. Inquiries may be directed to exhibit@dentonarts.com or (940) 382-2787. For more information, including a complete prospectus and nomination form, go to http://dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft.
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 

National Endowment for the Humanities Media Projects:
Development and Production Grants
Deadline: August 10, 2016
The purpose of this National Endowment for the Humanities program is to support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. For more information, go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/mp 
  • Development (approx. 2 grants awarded): $40,000 to $75,000
  • Production (approx. 6 grants awarded): $100,000 to $650,000
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations, state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and independent producers through a sponsoring eligible organization.

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.

Grammy Foundation® Grant Program: 2017 Letter of Inquiry Online
Deadline: October 1, 2016
The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2017 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. In the past, nearly $7 million in grants have been awarded to more than 380 recipients.
How to Apply
A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2017 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:
1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award  
2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:
Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award
Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award
For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org.

Education and Youth
Arts Education Partnership Shares New Report on Well-rounded Education 
With states around the country beginning to implement the work outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of AEP's 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 access to a high-quality education in and through the arts. ESSA includes the arts and music in its definition of a well-rounded education, ensuring that arts education programs and teachers are eligible to receive federal funds through the new law.

A new report from Education Commission of the States, ESSA's Well-Rounded Education, reviews the definition of a well-rounded education and how states can support the success of their students through a comprehensive curriculum. This report also explores changes from the previous education law and highlights the new opportunities that are available to states through ESSA.

Some key takeaways from this report:
  • ESSA emphasizes the need for all students to have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, English and mathematics.
  • ESSA opens up many opportunities for states and districts to invest in activities that support a well-rounded education, including the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants.
  • With ESSA, districts are asked to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to identify the needs of their unique populations and make investments to address those needs.
Download the report at http://www.ecs.org/essas-well-rounded-education/. Learn about Alaska's ESSA Implementation timeline and process at https://education.alaska.gov/akessa/.

Alaska Dance Theatre Puppetry Camp
ADT Stage instructor Justin Stewart is bringing his passion for puppetry to ADT. From conception to completion, become writers, actors, and producers in your own play! Learn how to create something from the ground up with expert supervision and guidance. Become a puppeteer while you take ownership of your character, set, and production! (Camp must have at least 15 students to run.)

In this camp, students will:
-Write an original script 
-Be introduced to comedic and dramatic acting 
-Learn how to fully develop a character 
-Master stagecraft techniques 
-Perform an original show at the conclusion of the camp

For: Everyone ages 7+
Dates: July 5-15
Price: $350 per student for the first 15 students!
Call Alaska Dance Theatre and reserve your spot today! 550 E. 33rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503 | 907-277-9591 http://www.alaskadancetheatre.org/
Free Webinar Explores Measuring Youth Development Outcomes in Arts Education
In addition to developing new artistic skills, students who participate in the arts gain other positive traits, such as increased resiliency, personal fulfillment, and becoming more engaged with their communities. But how do you measure this impact?

NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will discuss this question in a public webinar on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 with Kathe Swaback, program director for RAW Art Works, an arts center in Lynn, Massachusetts, which works with underserved youth, and Julia Gittleman, a Boston-based consultant who focuses on performance measurement with nonprofit organizations. Swaback will present on the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project, and how it's currently being used, adapted, and refined by RAW ArtWorks and other youth arts organizations nationwide. Julia Gittleman will present on Youth Arts Impact Network, in which Boston-area youth arts organizations have come together to establish and share best practices related to data gathering and measurement for youth-serving arts organizations. This webinar is part of a series organized by the NEA's Arts Education office.
Käthe Swaback, program director, RAW Art Works
Julia Gittleman, consultant, Mendelsohn, Gittleman & Associates
Ayanna Hudson, arts education director, National Endowment for the Arts
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance through the NEA's website. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587.
Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at http://arts.gov/videos/webinars.

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.

Scholarships Open for the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Deadline: July 20, 2016

Members of Americans for the Arts , have the opportunity to apply for several scholarships to attend the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference from November 11-14 in Austin, TX.

A combination of full ride, main conference, and preconference scholarship opportunities are available to assist arts marketers and audience engagement professionals interested in attending this year's conference. #NAMPC is an exciting opportunity for arts marketers to gain access to new market research, audience engagement strategies and to network with their peers.

This year's Conference will focus on Fueling Change - how to successfully maintain organizational relevance while building sustainability, and how to capitalize on Change to fuel inventive and unconventional thinking, forward-thinking solutions, and a willingness to experiment.

The deadline to submit a scholarship is Wednesday, July 20 at 11:59 PM (EST). Interested applicants must be individual members of Americans for the Arts or receiving benefits through a member organization.

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

Museums Alaska Conference Scholarships Open for application
Deadline: July 31, 2016

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

Conference Theme - "Mission Possible: Creating Opportunity"

Museums Alaska is accepting applications for this year's conference scholarships, generously supported by proceeds from last year's conference auction and contributions to the Donna Matthews Professional Development Fund. If you have questions on the application process, don't hesitate to be in touch.

Don't forget: to apply you must have a Museums Alaska membership (one applicant per organizational membership), so renew today at https://museumsalaska.org/membership/. The online application system is open for the 2016 Conference Scholarships. Museums Alaska will accept applications online only. Visit the website at https://museumsalaska.org/grants/conference-scholarship-application/ for complete information and application.

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/
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

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is seeking applications for the following positions:
Tourism and Group Sales Administrator
Collections Coordinator
Collections Technician
Collections Conservation Internship

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

Contact Us
ASCA Staff

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

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