Applications will be accepted through March 1 for 2021 awards.

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide artists living and working in Alaska the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully. It is our hope that these investments result in substantial contributions to Alaska’s culture, the vibrancy of our communities and to art itself.

In addition to individual artists, groups and collaboratives — two or more artists working together — are eligible for Project Awards and Fellowships. A musical band, a dance company and a multimedia collective are some examples.

A statewide online, hands-on workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, to help artists craft an application for this competitive award.

Please scroll down for registration information for all of our upcoming 2021 artist workshops and meetings.

New this year: Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 15 to allow processing time. The deadline for online applications is March 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Apply: Download a 2021 paper application and guidelines HERE. To apply for IAA online, click HERE.

  • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 of the artistic disciplines listed below in the Fellowships section.
  • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
    2021 Fellowships 2022 Fellowships
    Choreography   Media Arts
    Crafts Multidiscipline
    Folk and Traditional Arts Music Composition
    Literary Arts/Scriptworks New Genre
    Performance Arts Presentation/Interpretation
      Visual Arts

Benefits of award

Award recipients receive a grant as well as professional development and promotion of their work. In 2021, professional development will be provided virtually by the Anchorage Museum to focus on continued skill development in marketing, finances, creation of work samples and more. The Foundation also promotes artists through social media and rasmuson.org.

2021 workshops and informational meetings

A statewide online, hands-on workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, to help Alaska artists craft an application for this competitive award. Additional workshops and informational meetings are being scheduled for geographic areas and groups that have been underrepresented or who may face unique challenges. Artists are welcome to attend both an informational meeting and a workshop for guidance in how to apply. All sessions are virtual. 

Informational meeting for performing artists
Co-hosts: Anaya Latin Dance and Anchorage Concert Association
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5-6:00 p.m.
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for meeting with performing artists.

Informational meeting for Alaska Native artists
Co-host: Alaska Native Heritage Center
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4-5:00 p.m. 
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for meeting with AK Native artists.

Informational meeting for Latinx artists
Co-host: Enlaces, a nonprofit serving Alaska’s Latinx community
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6-7:00 p.m.
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for meeting with Latinx artists.

Informational meeting for artists who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color
Co-host: Black Alaskan Art Matters, a project of Perseverance Theatre
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for meeting with BIPOC artists.

Statewide informational meeting and hands-on workshop
Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30-8 p.m.
The first hour will be an informational overview. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Activities in the second part will help with artist statements, resumes and more.
Click HERE to register.
Download the statewide workshop flyer.

Informational meeting and hands-on workshop for Bering Strait region artists
Co-hosts: Kawerak Inc. and Katirvik Cultural Center
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
The first hour will be an informational overview. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. Activities in the second part will help with artist statements, resumes and more.
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for Nome-area workshop.

Informational meeting and hands-on workshop for Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta artists
Co-host: Bethel Council on the Arts
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
The first hour will be an informational overview. The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. Activities in the second part will help with artist statements, resumes and more.
Click HERE to register.
Download flyer for YK Delta workshop.

Toolkit for artists

Explore resources designed to help artists through the process of applying for an award. A series of three how-to videos in the toolkit walk artists through the process. In addition, artists can learn how to write an artist statement, prepare a resume, document their work, seek grants and much more. CLICK HERE FOR THE TOOLKIT.