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.
Scroll down for links to workshops and other resources for artists.
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.
Important deadlines: Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 14 to allow processing time. The deadline for online applications is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Artists who are applying online and would like staff to review applications for completeness must submit by Feb. 14.
- 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.
2022 Fellowships 2023 Fellowships Media Arts Choreography Multidiscipline Crafts Music Composition Folk and Traditional Arts New Genre Literary Arts/Scriptworks Presentation/Interpretation Performance Arts Visual Arts
Benefits of award
Award recipients receive a grant as well as professional development and promotion of their work. In 2022, 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.
RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
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.
Workshops and informational meetings
The Foundation and partners will host workshops and informational sessions to help artists prepare their 2022 applications. Artists will gain skills in crafting artist statements and resumes, preparing work samples and more — useful beyond this particular award. Check back as we add more workshops with times and links.
Kodiak virtual workshop
When: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Register here (it’s free!): https://bit.ly/IAAKodiak
Who should come: Any Alaska artist and especially artists from the Kodiak area
Co-hosts: Kodiak Arts Council and Rasmuson Foundation
Flyer to share: Kodiak IAA flyer
Fairbanks virtual workshop
When: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Register here (it’s free!): https://bit.ly/IAAFairbanks
Who should come: Any Alaska artist and especially artists from the Fairbanks area
Co-hosts: Fairbanks Arts Association and Rasmuson Foundation
Flyer to share: Fairbanks IAA flyer
Statewide virtual workshop
When: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Register here (it’s free!): https://bit.ly/IAAStatewide
Who should come: Any Alaska artist
Co-hosts: 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, Palmer Museum of History and Art, and Rasmuson Foundation
Flyer to share: IAA workshop flyer
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.
In 2021, we partnered with community groups to engage artists from geographic areas and groups that have been underrepresented or who may face unique challenges. More than 200 artists attended. Check our YouTube channel for past workshops.
The 2021 statewide workshop was co-hosted by: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Fairbanks Arts Association, Juneau Arts and Humanities, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, Kodiak History Museum, Nome Arts Council, Palmer Museum of History & Art and the Wrangell Mountains Center. The information could help artists prepare for applying for a 2022 award. Here is a recording: