For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage –  The Alaska Humanities Forum announced today that it will receive $500,000 from Rasmuson Foundation over two years to support Anchorage Centennial Projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of Anchorage in July 2015.

The Rasmuson Foundation grant comes in addition to $500,000 that Municipality of Anchorage allocated for Centennial Community Grants and three Anchorage Centennial Legacy Projects– a book, a documentary film, and an interactive online archive/web app.

The Rasmuson Foundation award will build upon the Muni’s support of the Centennial Community Grants, which will be awarded to commemorate and educate the community and broader audiences on the first century of history of the City of Anchorage.

The Community Grants will be administered by the Alaska Humanities Forum.

“Anchorage has a rich and diverse history and we are looking forward to many outstanding projects through the Centennial Community Grants program,” says Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan. “I hope that a wide range of organizations and groups will seize the opportunity to celebrate Anchorage as their city and mark this moment in our history.”

“We are delighted the Rasmuson Foundation has made such a meaningful contribution to the Anchorage Centennial Project,” said Alaska Humanities Forum President and CEO Nina Kemppel. “Combined with the Municipality of Anchorage’s support, this will allow the Anchorage Centennial project to engage a much broader audience in the learning experiences and cultural activities surrounding the Anchorage Centennial, and to create a more enduring platform for educating future generations on the first 100 years of Anchorage history.”

The Alaska Humanities Forum and the Anchorage Centennial Committee will issue guidelines for the Anchorage Centennial Community Grants along with details on the application process on or before Friday, August 16.

About Rasmuson Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.