Alaska Native ARTShops Artist Gathering Materials for Kayak Workshop
photo by Sven Haakanson, Jr.

August 2016 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Andrea
New Council Members
Frank Soos
Update on Art Shops
ASCA Grants Awarded
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
I hope you all are enjoying summer and the chance to experience our amazing summer arts festivals!

Nominations are open now for the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities as well as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate. The nomination forms are shorter and more streamlined this year. I encourage you to nominate someone who deserves to be recognized for their work serving Alaskans through the arts. This year the Arts Award categories are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Alaska Native Arts. Our partners at the Alaska Humanities Forum are accepting nominations for Alaska Studies Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service to the Humanities, at the same time.

The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2016 and nominations for State Writer Laureate will be accepted through October 3, 2016.

Information and the nomination form for the Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities can be found at and for the 2016-2018 Alaska Writer Laureate at

Gina Brown and her husband Alan in 2014 with students at the Lantaw-Ugma Outreach in Honan in Leyte Province in the Philippines.

Lastly, we recognize the service of ASCA's dear, Chief Financial Officer, Gina Brown, and thank her for many years of service with the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She has been an integral part of our team for fifteen years.

In 2012, Gina and her husband Alan started Lantaw-Ugma Outreach, to provide children with basic supplies and a place to learn with love, dignity and hope. Lantaw-Ugma, in the native dialect of the Island of Cebu means, "Looking into a bright future." In September, Gina and Alan will return to continue their work that makes such a huge difference in the lives of young children. We will miss her, yet at the same time, we wish her well on her new adventure in the Philippines! Thank you, Gina!
Gina the kids in 2015. Photos courtesy Gina Signe-Brown.

ASCA Welcomes New Council Members
Governor Walker appointed Alice Bioff and Cordelia Kellie, and reappointed Benjamin Brown as chair and Kesler Woodward as vice-chair, to the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA).
The Council's mission is to represent, support and advance the creative endeavors of individuals, organizations and agencies throughout Alaska. ASCA considers the arts and creative sector to include: organizations, businesses, groups and individuals who serve as creators, designers, makers, educators, administrators, producers, presenters and distributors in the areas of Visual Art, Music, Literature, Fashion, Poetry, Performing Arts, Cultural Practices and Traditions, Culinary Arts, Language Preservation, Graphic Design, Architecture, Public Spaces, Film and Media.
Brown commented, "We are delighted that Governor Walker has appointed Alice Bioff and Cordelia Kellie to the Alaska State Council on the Arts. These two wonderful Alaska Native women have impressive and unique skills, experiences, and abilities that will contribute greatly to our work in enriching the lives of all Alaskans. I am honored to be re-appointed to the position of chair, and extremely grateful that Kes Woodward will continue in his role as vice-chair of the Council. ASCA faces challenges as do all parts of State government, and we are fully committed to working creatively and diligently to find ways to maintain and improve our capacity to deliver the best services to all the people of the Great Land in this time of transformation."
AliceTunuunataq Bioff, Inupiaq from Koyuk, Alaska, has worked in Kawerak's Community
AliceTunuunataq Bioff
Planning and Development department since March 2010. As the Business Planning Specialist, Alice acts as a resource partner connecting small business entrepreneurs to Alaska Small Business Development Center advisors and other resources that offer technical assistance in small business development to the residents of the sixteen communities of the Bering Strait Region. In this capacity she has been working with regional Alaska Native artists such as traditional carvers from St. Lawrence Island and other Bering Strait communities, to assist in developing business opportunities and networks. Alice has worked for native non-profit organizations for over eighteen years since attaining her BA degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition, Alice brings with her the experience of owning her own business for eight years.

Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie
Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie, of Wasilla, is a writer, communicator and community advocate whose mission is to contribute to Alaska through community engagement, collaboration and development for the interests of indigenous people. She is the daughter of John and Agnes Kellie and is of Iñupiaq, Scottish, Cherokee and Choctaw descent. Raised in Wasilla, her family is from Wainwright and Washington, and she has family living across the North Slope.  Cordelia received a Bachelor's degree in English Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Alaska Achorage in 2011 and her work has included rural community economic development, stakeholder engagement, external communications, legislative affairs, and language and cultural instruction. Cordelia is currently living in Barrow, working in tribal education at Iḷisaġvik College and will be attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall for her Masters in Rural Development with an emphasis in Arctic Policy. Cordelia enjoys learning Iñupiaq, organizing community events, and growing in understanding about social issues. She also publishes Nalliq, an online repository of stories and poetry about indigenous issues.
Benjamin Brown, of Juneau, has served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts since 2004, first
Benjamin Brown. Photo Courtesy Seanna O'Sullivan Hines.
as vice-chairman and since 2007 as chairman.  He is a lifelong Alaskan and a company member at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska.  Brown is an attorney who serves on the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and was previously an associate at Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, P.C., working on both criminal and civil matters.  He was a legislative aide in Juneau and Anchorage prior to attending law school, and in the past served on the boards of the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau public radio/television station Capital Community Broadcasting, and CoastAlaska, the consortium of Southeast Alaska public stations.  Brown currently serves as First Vice-President of the Board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and on the Board of Alaska Public Media, a statewide public broadcaster based in Anchorage.  Brown graduated from Palmer High School, and holds degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Northeastern University's School of Law.

Kesler Woodward, of Fairbanks, retired in 2000 as Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of 
Kesler Woodward. Photo Courtesy ASCA.
Alaska Fairbanks to make his own art full-time, but he continues to serve on graduate art and northern studies committees and as an Academic Affiliate at the University of Alaska Museum. Since 1983 he has served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts under seven Alaskan Governors, and he served ten years on the board of the Western States Arts Federation, including two terms as Chair. Woodward received the first Alaska Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2004, and he was selected as the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Alaska Artist in 2012.

Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos | Some Fun
When I was named State Writer Laureate, I thought two things. First, I'm not comfortable with honors. But secondly, I'm good at expectations. And being State Writer is an honor that comes with expectations. I could do that. My hope was to spread the word about the amazing number of Alaskan writers we have, more good writers now than have ever lived in this state at any time in the past.
With that in mind I've done my best to spread the word in communities large and small, popping up at schools, libraries, and community centers-in other words wherever they'd have me. Last year I made my way up and down the highways talking about non-fiction books since I think that's where an Outsider might learn the most about Alaska as Alaska. This year I've added both fiction and poetry. The first time I gave this year's talk in Valdez, I was curious to learn how an audience of Alaskans would react to a talk I had thought might be designed for visitors to this state. And I was happy to introduce a number of authors to these serious readers.
To that same end, along with the Alaska Center for the Book and with help from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Arts Council, and a Harper Travel Grant, we all-all meaning many, many gracious volunteers all over this state-sent author of Blonde Indian Ernestine Hayes on a fourteen town tour as our first author in what I hope will become a regular series of Alaska Reads where living Alaskan writers visit communities throughout the state. In the month of February, Ernestine made over forty appearances in venues from libraries to middle school to college classes to jails and soup kitchens. In addition she visited fifteen more communities via OWL (online with libraries). She was a remarkable inspirational presence wherever she went.
Wonders happen on a smaller scale, too. My favorite visit may have been to the community of Kenny Lake and to its middle school in particular. Thirteen students under teacher Sarah Bandfield were in the middle of crafting short stories based on their research of an historical period. When I arrived, the students had done their research and had a character of their invention all set up and ready to be the main character of a story. In two days, those students put their characters into motion, explored their conflicts and we all saw their characters evolve as they went forward.
Some fun? I'd say so. Whether promoting our many good writers to a wider audience or working with young and adult writers as they discover the power of their own written words, it's been fun.  
There's more to come in the fall. I'll be visiting towns from Southeast to the Aleutians. But there are still some spots on my dance card, so if you'd like me to come to your town as a speaker or a workshop leader, just let me know and I'll try to make it happen. I can best be reached by e-mail:

Update on ARTShops
Four Alaska ARTShops are underway this summer! Underwritten by ASCA and The CIRI Foundation, the pilot program is a direct investment in ASCA's Alaska Native Arts Leadership cohort's professional development. One central ARTShop goal is to support rural creative leaders to design and deliver arts programs that reinforce and build community capacity.

Kayak construction 
photo by Sven Haakanson, Jr.  
Sven Haakanson, Jr., Lena Amason-Berns, Anna Hoover and Teri Rofkar shared updates this week on their unique and completely self-designed community arts programs. All have incorporated intergenerational training into their teaching and learning models. Through the process they are discovering like-minded advocates, community members, and family and friends who are interested in supporting their work or contributing directly to the ARTShops.

Ancient Alutiiq Cell Phone Project
photo by Lena Amason-Berns
An elder language speaker offered to build a traditional language component for Lena's Ancient Alutiiq Cell Phones ARTShop. The Naknek Village Tribal Council expressed their support of Anna's Grass Basket sewing workshop. Teri has expanded her inter-generational family teaching model to include an additional mother/daughter weaving team. Sven shared photos of traditional kayak material gathering and kayak construction currently underway. 

Throughout the ARTShop process, the artists are actively examining methods and templates that are most conducive to indigenous ways of sharing creative knowledge. We are excited about discovering granting structures and indigenous based and designed arts programming that can be modeled and replicated in rural communities. All the ARTShop artists are keen to pass their learning lessons forward and help ASCA simultaneously build a ARTShop program that is responsive to the complex demands on rural artists and community participants.

IMLS Grants Share Plant Knowledge, Improve Museum Care
Two museums in Alaska received grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the coming year through the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program:
Koniag, Inc. / Alutiiq Museum Award: $48,208.00
To increase knowledge of traditional plant use, support Alutiiq language revitalization, and advance the understanding of tribal traditions, the Alutiiq Museum will embark upon the first phase of Naut'staat - The Kodiak Alutiiq Plantlore Project. Grant funds will be used to transform an existing archive of Alutiiq ethnobotanical information and images into print-ready book manuscript and plan for its publication. This project will benefit the community and scholars by compiling, preserving, and sharing Alutiiq language terms for commonly used Kodiak Island plants, as well as documenting and sharing lost cultural knowledge for current and future generations.
Seldovia Village Tribe/ Seldovia Museum Award: $50,000.00
The Seldovia Museum will improve the care of its collections and provide assistance to other museums through a three-part project. In the first phase of the project, the museum will organize a workshop for 12 staff from small Alaskan museums to gain skills in storage support fabrication and basic object conservation and cleaning. In the second phase of the project, the Seldovia Museum will enhance its collections storage area with archival-grade containers and storage supports, in addition to upgrading its collections database software. Digital collections management policies and procedures will be developed and tested in the third phase of the project and distributed as a template to other museums.

ASCA Grants Awarded
Alaska State Council on the Arts Awards Grants to Alaska Artists and Arts Organizations
In the annual council meeting held in June 2016, the Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded $543,262 in grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations in its first funding quarter of FY17, in addition to ratifying $13,184 in grants awarded in the last part of FY16. The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation awarded $2000 in grants for FY17.
ASCA awarded $386,363 for Operating Support grants for the fiscal year 2017. First quarter FY17 grants were awarded as well, including $7,454 for Career Opportunity grants, $5,500 for Workshop grants, $31,000 for Community Arts Development grants, $10,000 for Special Project Grants: Folk Arts, $2,000 for Master Artist and Apprentice grants, $65,150 for Artists in Schools Round 1 grants and $8,000 for Special Projects grants.
Four grants were ratified and awarded from the last part of FY16: $2,000 for a Special Project: Folk Arts grant, $10,500 for two Special Projects grants, and $684 for a Career Opportunity Grant.
The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation also awarded $2,000 for Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund grants. The Rasmuson Foundation, through the Arts in Education Fund administered by ASCA, awarded $6,000 for a Cultural Collaboration Project grant, and through the Harper Arts Touring Fund administered by ASCA, awarded $21,750 for Harper Arts Touring grants.
Carmel Anderson, Milton "Keller" Baker and William Bolton were added to the Statewide Teaching Artist roster.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support for arts education grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. All grant funding is contingent on the State of Alaska's appropriation.
For a complete list of the projects, or grants by community, contact ASCA at 907.269.6610 or 1.888.278.7424.  
Award Recipient
Annual Operating Support - Annual Grants ($72,260 awarded)
49 Writers, Inc.
Alaska Arts Education Consortium
Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts
Alaska Design Forum
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy
Anchorage Community Theatre
Cyrano's Theatre Company
Denali Arts Council
Fairbanks Drama Association & Fairbanks Childrens' Theatre
Greater Sitka Arts Council
International Gallery of Contemporary Art
Juneau Alaska Music Matters
Juneau Dance Theatre Inc.
Sealaska Heritage Institute

Operating Support - First Year Biennial Grants ($154,116 awarded)
Alaska Dance Theatre, Inc.
Anchorage Concert Association
Anchorage Museum Association
Bunnell Street Art Center
Fairbanks Symphony Association
First City Players
Homer Society of Natural History, Inc.
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council
North Star Dance Foundation
Perseverance Theatre, Inc.

Operating Support - Second Year Biennial Grants ($159,987 awarded)
Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc.
Alaska Junior Theater
Alutiiq Heritage Foundation
Anchorage Concert Chorus
Anchorage Opera Company
Fairbanks Arts Association
Fairbanks Concert Association
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Homer Council on the Arts
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Juneau Symphony
Kodiak Arts Council
Sitka Summer Music Festival

Career Opportunity Grants ($8,183 awarded)
Karrie Pavish Anderson
Gabrielle Barnett
Herminia Din
Jessica Peña *
Kathleen Light
Vivian Melde
Kathryn Russo
Nava Sarracino
Roger Schmidt
Pat Shelton
Christiana Veraat
Lowell Zercher

Workshop Grants ($5,500 awarded)
Alaska Humanities Forum
Alaska Photographic Center
Alaska Watercolor Society
Gustavus Community Center
Gustavus Community Center
Wrangell Mountains Center

Community Arts Development Grants ($31,000 awarded)
City of Seldovia for Seldovia Arts Council
Girdwood Art Institute
Hmong Center of Alaska, Inc.
KCHU Terminal Radio for Richardson Highway Rendezvous
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet
Palmer Museum of History & Art
Peninsula Artists in Motion Dance Company
REACH, Inc. for The Canvas
Sitka Historical Society, Inc
The Island Institute, Inc.
Turning the Tides for Keys To Life
Wrangell Mountains Center

Special Project Grants: Folk Arts ($12,000 awarded)
Anchorage Museum Association
ARTShops - Alaska Native Leaders *
Old Harbor

Master Artist and Apprentice Grants ($2,000 awarded)
Zachary James (A) w/Wayne Price (M)

Artist in Schools Round I Grants ($65,150 awarded)
Bering Strait School District
Bunnell Street Art Center
Chatham School District
Fairbanks Arts Association
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
McNeil Canyon Elementary School
Yakutat School District

Special Projects Grants ($18,5000 awarded)
Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation *
Alaska Arts Education Consortium *
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

AACF Walker Arts Grants ($2,000 awarded)
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Fairbanks, Salcha, Denali, Kenny Lake
Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council

Harper Arts Touring Fund ($21,750 awarded)
Bunnell Street Art Center
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts

Cultural Collaborations/Project Grants ($6,000 awarded)
Keys to Life

Statewide Teaching Artist Roster
Carmel Anderson

Milton "Kellen" Baker

William Bolton

* grant awarded in FY16, ratified 7/11/2016

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 in our state. If there is a festival or community gathering you would like us to include in this list for next summer, please send us 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.

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival-August 1-13-various locations on Kenai Peninsula  
Tanana Valley State Fair-August 5-14-Tanana Valley State Fair Grounds in Fairbanks  
Alyeska Blueberry Mountain Arts & Music Festival-August 20 & 21-Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood
Alaska Salsa Festival -August 18-21-Anchorage
Kenai Peninsula Fair-August 19-21-Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds in Ninilchik
Alaska State Fair-August 25-September 5-State Fairgrounds in Palmer  

Seward Music & Arts Festival-September 23-26-Seward

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
Call for Proposals | Bike Rack Design
Deadline: August 12, 2016

Cook Inlet Housing Authority and Spenard Chamber of Commerce are seeking Bike Rack designs for the Spenard Neighborhood in Anchorage.  The selected design will receive $2500. Installation and fabrication will be funded separately, but the chosen designer/artist is expected to collaborate in the process of fabrication and installation.
CIHA and the Spenard Chamber of Commerce are seeking a high quality, artistic bike rack that will have a strong visual impact to the streetscape and thematically represent the history, culture and people of Spenard. The bike rack is intended to be a functional, interactive art piece that adds value to businesses and their cycling clients. The goal of designing and installing creative bike racks in Spenard is part of a larger creative placemaking effort to invest in and engage Spenard businesses, artists, cyclists and community members by making an ordinary piece of equipment (bike rack) something special and unique.    
1.Location: This bike rack will be located at Cook Inlet Housing Authority, 3510 Spenard Road Anchorage, AK 99503
2.Functionality: The bike rack must provide space for parking/locking at least 3 bikes. Designs are encouraged to be scalable to accommodate 2 to 5 or more bikes. 
3. Design: The design is encouraged to draw on the unique character and history of Spenard, as well as the ability to be individualized for a specific business, location, neighborhood, etc. 
4.Replication: The winning design will be installed at the CIHA offices however the bike rack may be replicated in other locations in Spenard. The artist can choose to design one bike rack or a series of themed racks.
5. Artists/Teams: Artists are permitted to work individually or as part of a team.
Application open for Solo Exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum
Deadline: August 26, 2016

The Alaska State Museum is now accepting applications for solo exhibitions by individual Alaska artists. The program is open to all resident visual artists who have not had a solo exhibition at the Alaska State Museum within the past six years. The deadline for receipt of the completed application is August 26, 2016. Alaskan artists are invited to submit applications to a selection committee comprised of museum staff and art professionals, and are encouraged to develop new works for this opportunity. These solo art exhibitions will be scheduled starting in 2017.

Artists may work in any media. The completed application must contain 10 digital images of the type of work proposed and up to 5 video files, as well as a written description and résumé. Applications need to be submitted online at CaFÉ ( Additional details are in the prospectus which can be found on the museum's Artist Opportunities page as well as on the CaFÉ website. Approximately 6 artists will be selected for exhibitions to take place in 2017-2018. Selected artists will be announced on September 12.

Interested artists can learn more on the Alaska State Museum's Artist Opportunities page at and apply at For questions, please contact, Jackie Manning, Curator of Exhibitions,

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 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 328-0701 or FNSBSD Facilities Director Mark Nilson at

High Country News Photo Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2016

In honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, High Country News is dedicating this year's photo contest to the parks you love, whether they are internationally famous or almost entirely unheard of. Show us what you love about your favorite park(s): the people, wildlife, landscape, trees, wildflowers. There's only one rule: The photos must be taken in a national park in one of the 11 Western states: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. What makes our parks and monuments special to you? Winning images will be published online and may be printed in the magazine. Winners are eligible for prizes from MindShift Gear. Winning images will be published online and may be printed in High Country News' magazine.

1) Submit your photos
2) Share up to three images for the contest, which runs Aug. 1 - Aug. 31, 2016.
3) Vote for your favorite images between Sept. 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 at midnight.
The contest will result in two overall winners: one audience-chosen and one HCN editor choice. Prize awarded will be a MindShift rotation 180° Trail 16L backpack, specific for photographers, or a MindShift FirstLight 20L backpack. Thank you to MindShift Gear for sponsoring this contest!

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

Call for Art | Robert W. Service High School Grant Fraser Memorial Auditorium Artwork
Deadline: Monday, September 5, 2016 9:59PM AST
Contact: Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, (907) 343-6473
Amount of Commission: $17,000
Eligibility: Alaska only  
Site Description
The art selection jury intends to commission an art installation ($17,000) to be permanently installed at one or more identified locations near the auditorium of the high school which is located at 5577 Abbott Road in Anchorage.  There are five potential sites that have been discussed for placement of artwork in the area surrounding the Grant Fraser Memorial Auditorium.

Location 1: The interior wall of the Vestibule and East Entry of the school.
Location 2: The transom glass window panels above the interior east entry doors.
Location 3: Service High School Niche; recessed wall at the niche at the exterior of the auditorium. 
Location 4: The wall space above the water fountain in the hallway space of the auditorium.
Location 5:  The block wall by the "Cougar Cache" area.

Robert W. Service High School is located in the southeastern part of Anchorage situated on the hillside adjacent to the Chugach Mountains.  The school was built in 1971 and was named after Yukon gold rush writer and poet Robert W. Service.  Approximately 1,800 students attend the school between late August and mid-May (including some of the darkest months of the year).
The auditorium is used as a place for learning, putting on performances, and as a community theater and meeting place.  The theme discussed by the Service High School Grant Fraser Memorial Auditorium Art Selection Jury is the celebration of the performing arts.

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
Arc Gallery,1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA  94103 415-298-7969 

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: To be considered for the exhibition, entries must be received by September 30, 2016. Inquiries may be directed to or (940) 382-2787. For more information, including a complete prospectus and nomination form, go to
Bunnell Street Art Center Accepting Applications for the Visual Art Exhibition Program
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Bunnell's flagship program opens the first Friday of every month with an artist's reception, lecture, and demonstration workshops which are free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, exhibitions continue to promote education and artistic awareness for the public, and networking, exchange and professional development for Alaskan artists. Bunnell's Visual Art Exhibition Program, has a national profile and has been funded substantially by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation since 2006.

Applications for the Visual Art Exhibition program are due October 31 annually. Applications in all media and formats including solo, group and interdisciplinary arts are welcome. Work need not be for sale. Preference is given to Alaskan artists. For complete information and application visit the website at

Alaska Positive 2016 Call Opening through the Alaska State Museum
The 2016-2017 Alaska Positive Juror will be Larry McNeil, and the call will open on August 15.

Larry McNeil says that he started his career as an artist with a photo degree, an old beat up Ford, a couple boxes in the back seat, and some brassy Nikon cameras. He knew instinctively that what he sought couldn't be found in a studio; this called for a journey to find what America was all about. This journey has never stopped even though he's settled down a bit and is now a professor and busy artist.

Larry McNeil's art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, irony,and satire, and embodies a distinctive sense of American identity. He is from the Dakl'aweidi Kéet Gooshi Hít, Killer Whale Fin House in Klukwan Alaska, which is one of the oldest Tlingit clan houses on the Northwest Coast.

He has won numerous fellowships, including the Van Deren Coke Fellowship from the University of New Mexico, Eiteljorg Fellowship, an Arts and Humanities Fellowship as well as awards from the National Geographic All Roads Program and a New Works Award from En Foco.

Call for submissions for Alaska Positive 2016 will open on August 15 on CaFÉ,
More information can be found on the museum's Artist Opportunities page,

Grants and Funding
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

USArtists International Fellowships - Round 1
Deadline: September 7, 2016, 11:59 ET
USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the revised program guidelines and 2016-2017 application deadlines. Applications for Round I are due September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017.  For additional information about deadlines, go to

How to apply for USArtists International
Step 1: Read program guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility. Guidelines have been revised for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Join us for a webinar below!
Step 2: Review the work sample and budget instructions
Step 3: Complete the online application, available beginning July 27, 2016.
Thinking about applying? There's a webinar for you!
August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants 
2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!

Webinar attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past.

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
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

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 Learn about Alaska's ESSA Implementation timeline and process at
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.
Submit your film here!

Kids in Need Foundation accepting applications for 8 programs
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Grant programs range from art skills to creative writing. Awards are generally between $100-$500. Visit the website for information about each program and application at Teachers are eligible applicants, and grants have a focus on approaching curriculum from innovative perspectives.

Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Do You Know a Great Teacher?
Teachers Can Apply or be Nominated to the Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy.

These awards recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. They are open to full- and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States. Winners are awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country.

$10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 grant awards are available including $2,500 in Penguin Random House titles. Transportation, lodging and conference registration is also provided for the $10,000 grant recipient to attend the Penguin Random House Awards event at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from November 17-20, 2016

NEW: $10,000 Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry
Designated for programs specifically centered around poetry, we invite you, or a teacher you know, to share their love of poetry in the classroom and apply!

Go to for more information and application.

Creative Youth Development National Partnership Launched!
The Creative Youth Development National Partnership between the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts is launched. These four organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their joint commitment to advancing creative youth development (CYD) as a field of practice nationwide.

Creative youth development is a recently coined term that organizes a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts, sciences, and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people's creativity, and building critical learning and life skills that carry into adulthood.

This new coalition is collaborating to organize and accelerate the CYD movement through a collective impact strategy with a common agenda, shared systems and activities, cross-sector engagement, and continuous communications. The Partnership aims to strengthen community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts, sciences, and humanities; develop and support adult practitioners in the field; and benefit youth by increasing access to CYD opportunities throughout the United States.

In 2014, representatives of the creative youth development field came together at the National Summit for Creative Youth Development to form its first-ever national policy agenda The Creative Youth Development National Partnership has embraced a collective impact strategy to implement this agenda.

Since the 2014 Summit, each of the partner organizations in the Creative Youth Development National Partnership has continued to contribute to advancing the CYD field in a number of ways, as described in this progress report.

The Partnership is currently leading and advising these major projects, which have begun this summer:
  • National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development - With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this collective impact project works to advance cross-sector development of the CYD field and strengthen local and national partnerships. A national advisory group and a range of research activities will inform the Blueprint, which will seek to identify and prioritize actionable strategies for achieving shared goals to increase access to creative learning for American children and youth. Learn More.  
  • The Creative Youth Development Toolkit - The toolkit, set to launch in June 2018, will highlight relevant research on the CYD field and adjacent fields, illuminate effective practices for programmatic success, and provide tools and resources to drive forward the field of practice and the policies that support it. Learn more.
  • - The web site, and associated newsletter, will provide unified communications that will foster information sharing, learning, knowledge development, collaboration, and input across the field.
Visit to learn more, and join the CYD National Partnership email list

Professional Development
Fairbanks Arts Association offers two Professional Development Workshops
"How to Create a Professional Artist Portfolio"
Instructor: Elizabeth Eero Irving
August 13th, 2016, 2-4pm in the Bear Gallery
$10 for FAA members, $15 for non-members

This workshop will cover all aspects of the professional artist's portfolio, including resumé, artist statement, image portfolio, image list, digital image file formats and sizes, professional presentation, and the tried and true Do's and Don't for each document.  Examples will be shown and there will be handouts for reference. Questions encouraged!
Optional: Bring your own current artist resumé for a round-table discussion at the end.
"How to Photograph Artwork"
Instructor: Da-ka-xeen Mehner
August 27th, 2016, 2-4pm, in the Bear Gallery
$10 for FAA members, $15 for non-members
This workshop will offer demonstrations and examples to teach all aspects of photographing artwork. Included will be information on cameras, lenses, and lights. There will be instruction on how to photograph different artwork mediums and surface textures such as painting, sculpture, fiber arts and pieces framed under glass. Also included will be guidelines for file formats and sizes most often used in arts applications.

In person: FAA Office, hours 12-6 M-F, South entrance, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
                Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, hours 12-8 daily

* To select the FAA Member rate, you must be a current Fairbanks Arts Association Member. Not sure if your membership is current? Call 907-456-6485, ext. 225 to check. If you would like to become a member now to support Fairbanks Arts, visit today.

Advising Artists and Arts Groups*
Location: Anchorage Marriott Downtown
August 26, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CLE #2016-024 2.0 General and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credit
Registration fee:  $109
Co-sponsored by:IP, Arts, and Entertainment Law and Business Law Sections
The IP, Arts, and Entertainment Law Section is on a mission to develop a network of qualified attorneys to support Alaska's thriving arts community. This interactive CLE will address the key legal areas required to advise visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, actors and other artists, and arts groups.  Sessions will cover copyright, trademark and rights of publicity law, including recent developments of note, key contract issues, and other legal concerns of artists.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a model client counseling session in small groups, with feedback provided. While the session is focused on the arts, many of the topics will have application to a broad range of practice areas. For more information, go to
* For members of the Alaska Bar Association only

Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course
Date: through December 31, 2016
Fee: $295.00

Self-Paced eLearning
Have you been tasked with writing a grant proposal but don't know where to start and can't get away for an in-person class? Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course lets you learn at your own pace on your computer or mobile device.

Completely online and self-directed, this course puts you in charge of your own learning as you move through 15 lessons covering all aspects of proposal writing. We'll give you plenty of guidance along the way with examples, worksheets, and templates to get you on your way to writing that proposal. You'll have three months from the date of purchase to access the course, time you can use to complete the course at your own convenience and at your own pace! Register here.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program Applications open for Alaska-based Artists
Deadline: August 15, 2016

Rasmuson Foundation launched its eight-week Artist Residency Program in 2013 to support residencies at one of nine participating institutions.

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.
Participating Organizations in the Lower 48 are:

Zygote Press-Cleveland, OH
McColl Center for Art + Innovation-Charlotte, NC
Santa Fe Art Institute in Partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts-Santa Fe, NM
Djerassi Resident Artists Program-Woodside, CA 

Eligibility for Alaska-based artists
Applicants must be full-time Alaska residents for two years prior to the application deadline, remain residents for the duration of the program, and be able to commit to the full eight-week residency. Established and emerging artists at least 18 years of age can apply if their work has been formally recognized in the past five years in one or more of the following ways: receipt of a merit-based artist grant or award (including the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award); inclusion in a formal exhibition; publication of book length work or multiple placements in journals; having work acquired by a professional collecting museum or institution; or completion of an accredited graduate fine arts degree.

Disciplines currently eligible are Crafts, Folk and Traditional Arts; Literary Arts/Scriptworks; Media Arts; Social Practice; and Visual Arts.

Artists are NOT eligible to apply if they are a current board member, committee member, staff member, or consultant for Rasmuson Foundation, current panelist, or member of their immediate families. Individuals whose current work is primarily of a research, scholarly, or commercial nature, and students currently enrolled in any degree seeking program related to the arts at any educational level, are ineligible to apply

For complete information and application materials, visit the Rasmuson Foundation website at

Bunnell Street Art Center accepting applications for the Artist in Residence Program
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Bunnell Street Arts Center presents an Artist in Residence program for visiting artists from Alaska, US and International artists to create and share artwork that activates the Arts Center's space and surrounding outdoor neighborhood sites. Bunnell's Artist in Residence presents opportunities through art to explore creative placemaking: strengthening the physical, social and economic fabric of the community through the arts.

Bunnell seeks artist-led projects featuring community engagement through art such as poetry, new media, film, music, ephemeral art, dance, painting, theater, installation, creative writing or sculpture at the arts center and surrounding community.

To apply, register with and submit a one page statement of intent, one-page resume and five work samples and $30 application fee by October 31, 2016. Residencies will be awarded by December 1, 2016 and scheduled for April or May 2017. Do not submit applications directly to Bunnell Arts Center. Visit the Bunnell Street Arts Center website for complete residency information at

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is seeking applications for the following positions:
Tourism and Group Sales Administrator
Store Manager and Buyer

Visit the website at 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 Information about the museums can be found at direct questions to Anita Maxwell, Sr. Curator of Programs, at 907-225-5900. 

Contact Us
ASCA Staff

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

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

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

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

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

Keren Lowell, Office Assistant
(907) 269-6610 

ASCA Council Members

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

For additional information, please visit our web site:  


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