Toolkit For Artists

This toolkit is designed to help you through the process of applying for an award. Watch the series of how-to videos, learn how to write an artist statement, prepare a resume, document your work, seek grants and much more.

Discouraged or frustrated? The Artists U Core Principles can help you reframe your thinking and ready yourself for success in the arts. View the PDF here. 

Want a local connection? Reach out to your local Alaska arts council. View the PDF here.

Video library for artists

Introduction to
Individual Artist Awards

Cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation

Hear from artists and experts about cultural appropriation in a conversation moderated by podcaster Alice Qannik Glenn and hosted by the Anchorage Museum in February 2022. Guests who shared their knowledge  for “Considering Cultural Appropriation” were Melissa Shaginoff, Sonia Guinañsaca and E.J. R. David.

Tips from our panelists, round one

Inspiration and great tips on crafting a successful application are shared by three of the 2021 panelists — the artists and art professionals who helped select awardees. The Anchorage Museum hosted this session with e Raina J. León, Javier Torres-Campos and Jibz Cameron.

Tips from our panelists, round two

The Anchorage Museum hosted this conversation on Dec. 12, 2022, with former IAA panelists — the jurors — to offer valuable insight into how award recipients are selected. Anne Finger, Sharon VanStarkenburg, Anika Tené and Michael Hammond shared their views with the museum’s Hollis Mickey.

Hot tips for artists, by artists

Artists and Rasmuson Foundation staff provide specific guidance including that it is OK to ask for help.

Virtual gathering and intro to IAA

Artists, makers and culture bearers who are not familiar with the program can learn about it in this video. Speakers include past IAA recipients Kawahine Danner and Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and representatives from Rasmuson Foundation, Kawerak Inc., and Museums Alaska. It was recorded in January 2023.

Workshop for first-time applicants

This workshop will walk artists through the Individual Artist Award application portal and process. It is designed for those unfamiliar with the program. It was recorded in January 2023.

Quick look at key parts of application

Requirements including an artist statement, a resume and work samples are explained.

See all of our Individual Artist Award videos on our YouTube channel.