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.
- 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.
Toolkit 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
A series of virtual workshops and informational meetings were held in 2021 to help Alaska artists craft an application for this competitive award. 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. We anticipate continuing virtual workshops and meetings in 2021.
The 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. Here is a recording: