Latitude Artist Opportunities

The Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence is designed to incorporate dynamic arts and creativity throughout the three days and there are a number of ways for artists to be involved!

Below we have outlined a variety of opportunities available for you to engage with the conference as a “partner artist.” We invite you to apply to be a partner artist by completing the short form found at http://bit.ly/LatitudeArtists by Friday, April 4th. We encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible, as they will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

First Friday Latitude: Passport event

The Latitude: Passport event is scheduled for Friday evening, May 2, 2014 and will be open to both the public and conference attendees. The goal of this event is to activate public spaces, businesses and galleries in downtown Anchorage while showcasing the talent of artists from throughout Alaska.

We seek to place 10 -15 artists at various locations downtown from 5:00-8:00 pm. During this time period, artists will be visited by Latitude: Passport participants who will present their Passports for artists to create or place an artwork on a blank page. A self-guided map will direct participants to the artists.  By evening’s end, conference attendees will have a custom made passport of original artwork to take home.

 ASCA will pair artists with venues, but if you are interested in a specific downtown venue, please let us know. As compensation, the Alaska State Council on the Arts will pay the $250 conference fee for Latitude: Passport artists. Each participating artist will also be credited on the back cover of the Passports.

We encourage artists to take a creative and innovative approach to the art pieces you will create for the Passports. For example:

  • A literary artist partners with a visual artist to create an artistic piece of a written work that will be placed into the passports.

  • A fiber artist sews pieces into passports.

  • A film or media artist designs an artistic QR code that will be placed into the passports.

  • Stickers, screenprints and quick sketches are also excellent options.

You are limited only by your imagination! Well . . . and the following:

  • To mitigate against long participant lines, artworks must be “installable” into Passport books within two minutes.

  • The piece must fit within a 5.5” x 3.5” page (or two-page spread ideas of 11” x 7” will also work).

To apply to be a Passport artist, please submit a short application here: http://bit.ly/LatitudeArtists. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, April 4th. We encourage you to complete the application soon, as they will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Artists from across the state are invited to apply to participate.

In-Conference Artist Opportunities

We invite artists to apply to take part in the integration of artistic and creative content within the general sessions, including pop-up arts activities, performances and exhibits in lobbies and communal spaces. The conference will also feature a designated space for conference attendees to create their own art with guidance from our partner artists. This is a great opportunity to show your work and engage with a statewide network of arts presenters and fellow artists–we encourage you to be creative and experimental in proposing ways you would like to engage artistically with the conference!

Participating artists will be invited to a preliminary teleconference meeting to be held in early April. Additional meetings will be held throughout April for artists to develop their artistic concepts and collaborate on how to integrate their work into the conference. Partner artists’ conference registration fees will be discounted in compensation for their participation.

To apply to be a Latitude Partner artist, please submit a short application at http://bit.ly/LatitudeArtists. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, April 4th. We encourage you to complete the application soon, as they will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Storm Sessions: Professional Development for Alaskan Musicians

The Storm Sessions professional development opportunity is geared toward musicians of all stripes—from classical to rock, hip hop to punk—who are at a point in their career where their work is established but has not yet expanded far beyond their local community or the Alaska music scene. This professional development opportunity is open to Alaskan musicians and will include topics such as: Effective Music Marketing in the Digital Age, What You Should Know About The Future of Music, Social Media and Music: How To Win Fans and Influence More People, Pennies From Heaven: How Do Artists Make Money in the Digital Age?, and When You’re 64: Career Planning for Artists.

The faculty for the Music Seminar is Storm Gloor, music business professor at the University of Colorado, Denver’s College of Arts and Media, where he developed the Music Marketing and Music in the Digital Age courses. Gloor also oversees the college’s award-winning record label, CAM Records. Prior to academia, Gloor spent 14 years in the retailing, purchasing, and distribution sides of the music industry.

To register to participate in this session, please complete the form located at: http://bit.ly/StormSessionsAKmusic. Space is limited–registrations will close on Friday April 25, 2014 or when we have received 30 registrations. Up to two members from a band may participate. If you apply, please plan to attend in Anchorage on Saturday, May 3rd.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact Latitude Artistic Director Yngvil Vatn Guttu at yngvilvg@gmail.com or by cell at: 646.675.4737.