September 2016 ASCA News 

In This Issue
A Note from Andrea
Governor's Awards
Poetry Out Loud
Leslie Kimiko Ward
Public Art in Mountain View
ASCA Dates and Deadlines
Calls for Art
Grants and Funding
Education and Youth
Professional Development
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A Note from Andrea
Partnerships are critical to ASCA, as they allow us to expand our impact serving the citizens of Alaska--and our visitors --- through the arts.

Recently, ASCA had the pleasure of co-hosting our federal partner, the National Endowment for the Arts, along with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, for a brief visit with Anchorage artists and arts organizations. The NEA team was very interested in how the arts sector can better serve military members and their families, especially those who have experienced trauma.

photo by Saunders McNeill

There were many ah-ha moments and connections  made during a site visit to Arctic Fires Studio in Palmer, where Pat Garley and team demonstrated a metal pour for visiting NEA Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Chairman, Bill O'Brien and the NEA team.

photo by Saunders McNeill
Looking ahead, I would like to hear from Alaska's artists and arts organizations as we explore more possibilities statewide. I invite you to send me an email or call me to talk about your work, how it intersects with healing and wellness, or how it involves teamwork, self-awareness, effective communication, focus on the present, resilience, urgency, a sense of service or mission.

This month I hope you are enjoying photos of previous Governor's Arts Awards recipients on ASCA's Facebook page. As you think about the impact of the work of these individuals, please note that we have extended the deadline to Friday, September 30 so you have a little more time to prepare your nomination.

2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities
Nomination Deadline Extended!

 Friday, September 30, 2016
Do you know a worthy Alaskan who has dedicated his or her life to improving our state through the arts and humanities? The deadline for submitting nominations for the Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities has been extended to Friday, September 30. 2016.
The Governor's Awards for the Arts categories for 2017 are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Business Leadership and the Alaska Native Arts.

All nominations must be submitted online at

To submit a nomination, you will need the name and contact information for your nominee and yourself, a nominating statement in support of your nominee, the nominee's bio/CV/resume, and the names and contact information for three people willing to provide letters of support.
Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts and humanities in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA or AKHF council members or staff, and prior Award recipients. Award recipients will be selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Office of the Governor, based on nominees submitted by the public.

A list of prior awardees can be found here.
The 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Be sure to save the date!

Contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 907-269-6610 or the Alaska Humanities Forum at 907-272-5341 with questions. 
Poetry Out Loud Alaska Registration Open
The year 2017 marks twelve years of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us! There is a new approach to the Poetry Out Loud national competition, which reflects the national program orientation - now focused on College and Career Ready Standards. Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses quite a few of the CCR standards. It requires students to complete an analysis of structure and content, interpret connotative and figurative meanings, consider point of view (author and/or character). Students must read closely to determine what the text says, and are then asked to use the highest order thinking skills possible to translate and create what they know about the text into a unique performance that uses subtle gesture, posture and physical presence to embody the meaning of words. This is about increasing the rigor of learning for all students, as each one is able to approach it from his or her own level AND it aligns with the Alaska ELA standards.
The deadline for registration for Poetry Out Loud in Alaska for the 2016-17 school year is October 19, 2016, at
Our hope for Poetry Out Loud, is that teachers will embrace the program as a teaching and learning tool that supports ongoing curriculum, and is required of every student for credit. We discourage the selection of students by teachers. We know that many of the greatest successes happen by surprise, and often students who would never view themselves as successful in this area may discover a new opportunity and strength. Many teachers admit that they would never have imagined students being able to do what it took to create an imaginative and engaging performance as they witnessed from students in this program. Students can discover very important ideas and concepts that will stay with them forever.
Please consider involving ALL your students in every class regardless of the level. AP students may excel, but so might your ELL students, or those with specific needs that require adaptation. The arts level the playing field for all. Thank you for your commitment to your students. Our goal is to support you in using the arts to reach your students.
What is The Process?
At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition; in Alaska, rural schools submit a video recording of their school winner's poetry recitation for adjudication by a panel in Juneau. Historically, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks North Star BSD, and the Mat-Su BSD have been able to support a multi-school, in-person urban regional competition. Once registration closes we will work with regions to determine the best pathway to the state competition. One winner from each region travels to Juneau for the Alaska state competition. The winner of the state competition travels to Washington DC for the national finals. The winner of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest receives a $20,000 cash prize. Transportation and lodging for up to 10 Alaska state finalists is provided by the Alaska state competition in Juneau and for the Alaska state champion and a chaperone to the national competition in Washington DC.
Poetry Out Loud Informational Conference will be held September 19th at 4:30 p.m.
RSVP at  and we will send you call-in information and a reminder!
The online registration form is available at:
Additional information, poems and teaching resources for Poetry Out Loud are available at:
Contact: Amanda Filori at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at, or Laura Forbes at the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6610 or with questions about Poetry Out Loud in Alaska.

Your Classroom Dance Teacher with Leslie Kimiko
Leslie Kimiko is an alum of the Alaska Statewide Teaching Artist Roster, and of the dance faculty in
the University of Alaska, Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance. She is currently living in Oregon, where she runs a family farm in the Willamette Valley. Leslie has been working with  rural Alaska communities and teachers to develop a project called "Your Classroom Dance Teacher," which is "An innovative web series, hosted by teaching artist and movement specialist, Leslie Kimiko, created for educators, parents, and kiddos alike, to introduce more MOVEMENT into our learning, and more learning into our play!"

Leslie moves between the farm in rural Oregon, and classrooms and communities in Alaska, where she has developed relationships with teachers, students and  community members. We had a chance to catch up with Leslie and ask her a few questions about what her hopes for the "Your Classroom Dance Teacher" project are. Here's what she told us!

Q: What was your core inspiration for developing "Your Classroom Dance Teacher" (YCDT)?

A: The spark for this project came from an email exchange with a Bering Strait School District science and social studies facilitator, following my residency in Unalakleet. I was working on a tutorial video to share with teachers, when I realized the potential of current technology to make a bigger impact.

Q: You have a long and positive history as a teaching artist in Alaska schools and communities...though you are currently living and farming in Oregon, what keeps you returning to this work in Alaska?

A: Thank you. I hope I'll always be considered an Alaskan artist. Time in the villages teaches me how important it is to connect with family, learn from our elders, and nurture the land. On our farm, I'm putting these lessons into daily practice.
I also think you've touched on a larger conversation about what it means to be an Alaskan artist. I live outside, but I'm still teaching in Alaskan schools, writing for Alaskan publications, choreographing for local performance, hopping onstage at Mad Myrnas, volunteering with Anchorage Hospice, buying all of my soap at Denali Dreams on Spenard.
My move was risky. I had to trust the work I'd done, the relationships I made, forfeiting job security, retirement benefits, grant opportunities, award recognition. As a result, I now have the room, support, and perspective I need to be more successful in the Alaskan work I'm most passionate about: suicide prevention (sans burnout), for instance, sustainable rural outreach, projects like YCDT. And bonus: I'm a very enthusiastic advocate for Alaskan issues down here in the lower 48.

Q: Hearing the news that you've begun working with a researcher on this project, I'm curious about what you and Dr. Jesse Longhurst with Southern Oregon University hope to learn, and how do you see that learning might be supportive of dance in the classroom?

A: As a teaching artist, I know how effective movement can be in the classroom, not just as a brain break, transition element, or Zumba-like gym activity, but as a real tool for delivering complex information. Alaska Native culture understands this, traditionally placing dance at the very heart of community culture-bearing.
ASCA's own On Thin Ice research documents the significant challenges our state faces with regard to accessible arts education in public schools, particularly in rural areas and particularly in movement-based forms.
Dr. Longhurst, a rural education researcher, sees the ways rural schools are often shortchanged in education policy. I could nerd out for days on the neuroscience supporting movement-based learning, but in the end, what we're focusing on is the potential for a resource, like YCDT, to be place-based, culturally-responsive, effective and scalable.
We're sitting on the cutting edge of neuroscience, arts-integration, and educational technology, all while reflecting a culturally-responsive, collaborative approach in areas where doing so is historically significant. We suspect this is a very good thing, and we hope it bears out in our research.

Q: How can Alaska teachers get involved in this project? Where should they start, if they want to engage with YCDT?

A: Alaskan teachers can access free content right away by subscribing to my YouTube channel at There they'll find skill-building tips, research discussions, plug-and-play video lessons: Teachers can pop me up on classroom smartboards and let me guide students through funtastic activities about plate tectonics and parts of speech.

In order for this resource to be ultimately useful, I need input. Teachers! What lessons do you dread? Where are your students struggling? What do you want to highlight in your classroom? What do you wish your students already knew? I want to make your lives easier. Write to me at and let me create a video just for you.
Big picture? I want YCDT in the hands of principals, superintendents, arts/education administrators, etc. I want communities hosting me for YCDT workshops & residencies. I want to come into your schools and communities where I can really get to work: supporting staff with movement-based training, helping students learn while they play, generally brightening up the place with art, laughter and movement, all while helping your community achieve its learning (and lifetime) goals. Oh, and while we're busy wishing, I'd also love my very own TEDx talk someday.

Public Art in Mountain View
photo by Scott Jensen 
Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT) is proud to announce the unveiling of Whale Song, a bronze sculpture of a whale by artists Christina Demetro and Aurora Sidney-Ando, installed on Mountain View Drive! The 5-foot tall bronze sculpture depicts a whale flipping water onto its tale in resemblance of the shape of a peace sign, and was intended by the artists to symbolize peace in a diverse community. ACLT celebrated the un-'whaling' on June 11th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and entertainment by neighborhood youth.
The Whale Song sculpture was conceived by artists Christina Demetro and Aurora Sidney-Ando nearly two years ago, and began with just $300 in funding by neighborhood residents one year ago at the 2015 Mountain View Street Fair. Funding was completed by ACLT, Brown Jug, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and many individuals and neighborhood residents who collectively raised nearly $30,000. The sculpture was created by the artists in partnership with residents and nearly 100 youth from the Mountain View Boys & Girls Club who helped shape it. It was then cast by Pat Garley at Arctic Fires Sculptureworks, and includes the initials of all who contributed. The sculpture is installed on the corner of Mountain View Drive and Park Street, and will remain a permanent structure in the neighborhood for years to come.

photo by Representative Geran Tarr 
"We are lucky to have Christina and Aurora as artists and community-builders in Mountain View. The story of the Whale Song sculpture exemplifies a true community place-making effort. Rather than merely adding a 'face-lift' to the neighborhood, this project comes from the ground up, conceived by two local artists and shaped by an entire neighborhood," said Kirk Rose, Executive Director of ACLT.
Whale Song artist Christina Demetro says she's always eager to make public art that adds something to the surrounding area, and chose Mountain View for the project to tie into the sculpture's message of peace among diversity. She came up with the idea for the bronze sculpture almost two years ago in partnership with Aurora Sidney-Ando.

A short video was produced by the Alaska Dispatch News about the project. Watch it 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.  

Governor's Awards for the Arts
nomination deadline EXTENDED | September 30, 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 | December 1, 2016. For more information about these grants, click here.

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals
Archie Bray Foundation Call for Entries | Beyond the Brickyard 9th Annual Juried Exhibition
Deadline: September 15, 2016

$35 entry fee for up to 3 works submitted. Selected work exhibited in January 2017.
$400 Juror's Choice Award, $400 Director's Choice Awards, $100 People's Choice Award
Juried by Josh DeWeese, 2016 Bray Visiting Artist. Apply online at

Call for Artists: 6X6NW Exhibition and Fundraiser
Postmark Deadline: September 29, 2016
The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for 6X6NW, an exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks. Each artwork must be 6"x 6" and artists may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). There is no fee to enter.

All entries will be exhibited during 6X6NW on October 8 and offered for sale to the public for $36 each. The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council will receive a 66% commission on any works sold and artists may elect to waive their 34% commission and contribute their work(s) as a full donation to benefit the Arts Council's community arts programming and events.

Registration and participation is open to all - no art background is required! All you have to do is visit, fill out the registration form (no artwork photos needed), and follow the simple instructions for submitting your work to the Arts Council.

6X6NW is a fundraiser to support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming and will be held on Saturday, October 8 in the Lobby of the Student Union Building at Shoreline Community College - 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Greater Denton Arts Council Call for Art | Materials Hard + Soft
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

To submit your work for consideration in the 2017 exhibition, please review the guidelines below and follow the link to the online submission form. Inquiries may be directed to or (940) 382-2787.

The Greater Denton Arts Council will provide Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250. Winners will be determined by the juror and will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition on February 3, 2016.

Eligible Media
Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2014-2016) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. 
For more information, go to

Excellence in Fiber 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Selected works will appear in the Second Annual Excellence in Fibers catalog which will be presented to curators and directors of 200+ museums and galleries that feature fiber work and a select group of fiber and fine craft collectors. It will be integrated into the special expanded winter issue of Fiber Art Now, a subscriber-supported publication that also is sold on over 400 Barnes & Noble newsstands in the US, 200+ Chapters Books in Canada, and select newsstands in the UK. For more information and prospectus, visit the website.

Fairbanks Arts Association 31st Annual 64th Parallel Juried Art Exhibit
Deadline: Sept. 30 - October 2, 2016 (hand-delivered to gallery)
Exhibit Dates: October 7-30, 2016
* Entries submitted only by the artist & limited to four entries.
* Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region.
* Original artwork only. Work must reflect the artist's unique creative effort.
* No kits. No copies or exact replicas of other original artwork or published artwork
* Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the Bear Gallery.
For contact information, submission requirements and complete prospectus, click here
Request for Proposals | Percent for Art Lower Kuskokwim
Kipnuk K-12 Renovation and Addition
Deadline: October 7, 2016

The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) is requesting proposals from qualified artists to provide professional services for the Kipnuk K-12 Renovation and Addition Percent for Art project.
Proposal documents may be obtained from Dennis Cobos at (907) 543-4919 or at
Proposal documents can be mailed to Dennis Cobos, Grant Manager, Capital Projects Division, Lower Kuskokwim School District, P.O. Box 305, Bethel, Alaska 99559-0305
Proposals can be delivered in person to Dennis Cobos, District Office, Room 232, Lower Kuskokwim School District, 1004 Ron Edwards Way, Bethel, AK 99559-0305
Original proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on October 7, 2016. The proposals will then be distributed to the Selection Committee for evaluation. This committee's individual evaluations of the proposals will be presented to the Grant Manager of Capital Projects within 15 business days of the proposal due date. The winning artist will be notified by October 24, 2016.

19th Mini Print Call for Entries
Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016
Exhibit Dates: November 4, 2016 - January 2017

The 19th Mini Print International is a juried exhibition of prints no larger than 4"x4". A maximum of three (3) original prints in any traditional or contemporary graphic process, including computer generated prints, will be accepted. Photographs are not admitted unless they are computer manipulated. Cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 will be awarded to the top three artists, and 3 $50 honorable mentions.

For the application, click here.
440 Gallery Call for Entries | 12th Annual Small Works Show
Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 21st at Midnight
Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2016 - December 24, 2016

440 Gallery announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 12th annual Small Works Show. This national juried exhibition celebrates the innovation of artists who create work on a small scale, in a broad range of media and styles. The exhibition will be on display in the 440 Gallery Park Slope, Brooklyn space from Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Saturday, December 24, 2016.

Eligibility: Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 years old. Work must be no more than 12" in any direction including the framing or mounting, or video monitors. This will be strictly enforced. There is no theme, but we welcome all media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, sculpture in any medium, collage, printmaking, photography and digital media.  All work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Maximum weight of sculpture: 30 pounds. Wall mounted monitors must be provided for videos.

Go to 440 Gallery's  website for more information.
Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery 2016 Portfolio Review
Deadline: October 31, 2016
The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans from Alaska to submit for review a digital portfolio of their work for solo or group exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2018.
Eligibility: An individual artist may have a solo exhibit in the Bear Gallery once every four years. Artists who have had a solo show prior to 2014 are eligible for consideration this year. Curated exhibits are not subject to this policy.
For contact information, submission requirements and complete prospectus, click here.

Bunnell Street Art Center Call for Applications | 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

Grants and Funding
Foundation for Contemporary Arts | Emergency Grants
Deadline: Rolling

In keeping with FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:
  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000.

For information on current Emergency Grantees please follow FCA on Facebook and Instagram.

Emergency Grant applications are reviewed monthly by a volunteer committee of established artists. We recommend applying within 6-8 weeks of your performance or exhibition date. You should apply no sooner than 8 weeks prior to when funding is needed.

If you require funding in less than six weeks, you may optionally contact FCA for confirmation that your timeline falls within a month's grants cycle. If you require funding in less than two weeks, please contact FCA for timeline eligibility confirmation before submitting an application. Include complete project timeline, confirmed exhibition or performance dates, and the date by which you require funding in an email to In the subject line, please write "Emergency Grants Project Timeline Inquiry." Please review all program guidelines before emailing. Guidelines available on the website at

How to Apply:
Emergency Grants applications are only accepted through an online form. Apply for an Emergency Grant.

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

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
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.

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.

National Art Education Foundation SHIP grants
Deadline: October 1, 2016

The National Art Education Foundation Foundation (NAEF) awards small SHIP Grants to art educators seeking art equipment or instructional curriculum resources to support student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards. To apply for a grant, art educators must be members of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for at least one year prior to the date of the application.
Eligible applicants are typically teachers of students in kindergarten through grade 12 and undergraduate programs in higher education in public and private schools. NAEA members associated with nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply as individuals, but may not apply on behalf of their organization. Applicants mail a proposal to the contact address by the yearly deadline. Applicants must also complete the grant cover sheet and checklist, both provided in the grants booklet (in PDF format) on the website.
The NAEF grant programs also include funding for professional development, research, and teaching incentives.

For complete information visit the website at

Professional Development
Teaching Artist Professional Development Workshop | Kenai Fine Arts Center
September 26, 2017

The Bunnell Street Arts Center, in partnership with the Kenai Fine Arts Center and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is offering a one-day professional development workshop for teaching artists at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Monday, September 26 from 9am to 5 pm. This workshop is suitable for both teaching artists with experience, and those who are new to teaching artist practice with an emphasis on deepening inclusion, diversity, equity and access for Teaching Artists and to deepen cultural competency in South Central Alaska. Facilitators will include Dasha Kelly, Kima Hamilton, Asia Freeman and Debbie Harris, with a focus on interactive and discussion-based learning.

There is no registration fee, and interested artists should register by September 19, by emailing For complete description of the workshop, visit the Bunnell Street Arts Center website at

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.
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

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
Fellowship deadline: October 1, 2016

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is seeking applications for the following positions:
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Collections Registrar
Tourism and Group Sales Administrator
Museum Store Associates
Visitor Services Assistants  
Visit the website at for extended position descriptions and application. 
Collections and Exhibit Specialist, Alutiiq Museum
Classification: Full time permanent, hourly
Pay Scale: $17-$22 per hour, DOE, plus benefits
This position works under the supervision of the Curator of Collections to care for museum collections and lead exhibit fabrication. The specialist stores of museum collections, participates in the management of paper and computerized collections databases, and assists with providing public access to collections. This position also oversees all aspects of exhibit fabrication (planning, scheduling, fabrication, installation etc.) and works closely with the curatorial staff to conceptualize and produce in house exhibitions and develop traveling exhibitions, loans, and other special exhibit projects.
For more information on how to apply, visit:
Curator of Educational Programs, Kawerak
Department of Administration
Position Status: Regular, Full Time, Non-exempt
Pay Scale Grade: 13-14-15-16 ($27.67 to $38.30) DOE
Reports To: Cultural Center Director

See the position description for more information: Curator of Educational Programs, Kawerak
Interested individuals may contact Human Resources with questions at 907-443-5231.
Applications can be accessed via Kawerak's website at or by contacting Human Resources at 907-443-5231.  Applications may be faxed to Kawerak Human Resources at 907-443-4443 or sent via email to
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. 

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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

Keren Lowell, Acting Administrative 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)

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