Applications for 2023 Project Awards and Fellowships are now open! Applications close March 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide artists, makers and culture bearers 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.

Click here for the 2023 guidelines.

Click here to apply.

We encourage artists to apply online but recognize that is not possible for everyone. Paper applications must be submitted or postmarked by Feb. 14.

Click here for a paper application.

Scroll down for workshops to help artists apply.

The awards types are:

  • Project Awards: Awards of $10,000 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: $25,000 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.
    2023 Fellowships 2024 Fellowships
    Dance/Choreography Media Arts
    Crafts Multidiscipline
    Folk & Traditional Arts Music/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 2023, professional development will be provided 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.

Deadline and schedule

Applications opened Dec. 15, 2022, and will close March 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. for 2023 awards. Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 14. In addition, artists who would like Foundation staff to review their application for completeness must apply by Feb. 14.

The selection process will take appropriately eight to 12 weeks, and all applicants will be notified of the panel’s decisions after the selections have been made, usually mid-summer.

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS

Questions or comments? Email arts@rasmuson.org.

Workshops and meetings for 2023

Need help applying? There are still a couple of workshops happening this year. We added links for recordings to virtual events that already have happened. Still need help? Reach out to our team at arts@rasmuson.org

Upcoming:

Virtual Workshop for Seasoned IAA Applicants (Artists Who Have Applied Before)

  • When: Feb 2, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Where: On Zoom; register to get the link
  • Description: An interactive session that workshops portions of the application with your peers and Foundation staff. 

Register for the workshop for seasoned IAA applicants HERE.

 

Virtual Workshop for IAA Applicants (hosted by partner)

  • When: Feb. 11, noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: On Zoom; register to get the link.
  • Description: AKIMI, the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative, will host a virtual workshop for all IAA applicants with a presentation and Q&A by Rasmuson Foundation staff. There will be time in breakout groups to discuss and workshop individual project ideas. (This event is oriented towards music and the performing arts, but all artists are welcome.)

Register for the workshop hosted by the Alaska  Independent Musicians Initiative HERE.

Previous 2023 gatherings

In-Person Artist Gathering and Intro to Arts Awards

  • When: Jan. 12, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mountain View Library, 120 Bragaw St, Anchorage
  • Co-host: Mountain View Library
  • Description: An in-person introduction to the Individual Artist Awards program and other arts opportunities. This is the time for artists, makers and culture bearers who are not familiar with the program to learn about it. It is intended for those who have not previously applied. All are welcome!  Guests will hear from past awardees Gail Jackson, Melissa Shaginoff and 2018 Distinguished Artist Alvin Amason, and representatives from Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage Downtown Partnership and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Virtual Artist Gathering and Intro to Arts Awards

  • When: Jan. 17, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Watch recording of virtual gathering HERE.
  • Description: A virtual introduction to the Individual Artist Awards program and other arts opportunities. This is the time for artists, makers and culture bearers who are not familiar with the program to learn about it. It is intended for those who have not previously applied. All are welcome!  Guests will hear from past IAA recipients Kawahine Danner and Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and representatives from Rasmuson Foundation, Kawerak Inc., and Museums Alaska.

Virtual Statewide Individual Artist Awards Overview

  • When: Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Watch recording of Individual Artist Awards overview HERE.
  • Description: An overview of the Individual Artist Awards featuring Rasmuson Foundation representatives and Ernestine Saankaláxt Hayes, the Foundation’s 2021 Distinguished Artist. Stay to the end for the Q and A. Great questions!

Virtual Workshop for First-Time IAA Applicants

    • When: Jan. 26, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
    • Watch recording of workshop for first-time applicants HERE.
    • Description: This interactive workshop walks artists through the Individual Artist Award application portal and process. It is designed for those unfamiliar with the program.

 

Artist toolkit

Explore resources designed to help artists through the process of applying for an award. Watch our short, how-to videos that walk artists through an application or check out our workshop presentation. 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.

Tips from panelists who select awardees

For inspiration and great tips on crafting a successful application, watch this video featuring insights from three of last year’s panelists — the artists and art professionals who helped select awardees. Thanks to the Anchorage Museum for organizing and hosting this professional development session.

Here are the panelists sharing their knowledge:

  • Raina J. León, former Cave Canem graduate fellow, member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California;
  • Javier Torres-Campos, program director of Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation; and
  • Jibz Cameron, performance, recording and video artist and actor; produces work as Dynasty Handbag. 

 

 

Overview and workshops provide guidance

Program officer Enzina Marrari explains the Individual Artist Award program to artists, makers and culture bearers who are unfamiliar with it (recorded in January 2023):

In 2022, we partnered with other organizations to engage artists from geographic areas and disciplines that have been underrepresented or who may face unique challenges. Our workshops are designed to guide artists through the process of applying for this competitive award.

The 2022 statewide workshop was co-hosted by: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage Museum, Bunnell Street Art Center, Fairbanks Arts Association, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, Kodiak Arts Council, Museums Alaska and Palmer Museum of History and Art. Watch below for tips on applying and a step-by-step explainer of the process. The information should help artists apply for an award. It includes a Q and A session at the end, so keep watching!

Check our YouTube channel for additional workshops.