Professional Opportunities

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  • The Journal of Folklore and Education is seeking submissions for Special Topic Publication on the theme “Creative Texts | Creative Traditions” Deadline for submission: April 1, 2021 Local Learning connects folklorists, artists, and educators across the nation and advocates for the full inclusion of folklife and folk arts in education to transform learning, build intercultural understanding, and create stronger communities.  

    The 2021 Journal of Folklore and Education (JFE) is titled “Creative Texts | Creative Traditions.” Submissions will consider the art of “Creative Texts” through poetry, story, song, and narrative; the process of making “Creative Traditions” through oral tradition, technology, and writing; and the craft of “Creative Writing” as a discipline. 

    JFE seeks submissions that present case studies, programs, lessons, and research on the significance of arts that are based in community cultural life for the following audiences: 

    • Educators in diverse settings or contexts engaged in literacy and/or writing;  
    • Curators and program managers at museums, community centers, and cultural institutions addressing issues of representation and access in content creation and program development;  
    • Administrators addressing the need for literacy tools that reflect the diversity of their students that may be used in teacher preparation and professional development; and  
    • Students and community members who want to see their cultural knowledge valued in educational practices, curricula, and policy. 

    For complete information, visit the website at https://www.locallearningnetwork.org/journal-of-folklore-and-education/journal-submissions-information/ 

  • National Guild for Community Arts Education Invites Participants in Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic” is an online learning series about how to create programming informed by, and supportive of, the many, varied lived experiences of our communities in the unique context of this moment.  Nationwide throughout the pandemic, community arts education organizations have been working iteratively to reconfigure programming for their new realities—not least of which includes addressing the severe social inequities that COVID-19 has so clearly revealed. Designed specifically for cultural workers in community arts education, this series will help you navigate the “new normal” and co-create programming by / with / for your communities towards a brighter future. Series takes place December 2, 2020—February 24, 2021; for complete information and to register visit the website at https://nationalguild.org/2020-2021-learning/rootwork 

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • The Walter Harper Project team wishes to commission and install a life-sized, or larger than life, bronze statue of Walter Harper, which will be installed on the riverside grounds of Doyon, Ltd. in downtown Fairbanks. The vision is for a signature artwork of exceptional quality Request for Qualifications – Walter Harper Project 2 and enduring value to honor the heritage and accomplishments of this individual, and to inspire Alaskans and visitors alike.This RFQ is open to established professional artists, with a preference to those living in Alaska. Priority will also be given to Alaska Native artists living in Alaska. Only professional artists with reviewable portfolios are eligible to apply. As part of the second step in the process, artists selected from the qualified applicants will be paid a stipend of $1500. These artists will work in collaboration with the Walter Harper Project team to create and submit their vision for the statue that is full and site-specific for an outdoor installation. Applicants who wish to be considered for this project should have experience working within the public process, in public settings, as well as a proven ability to fabricate their own work or to work with fabricators and installers.How to apply: Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following through this form: https://forms.gle/nsC6Vxu7dbDVpooL7
  • COVID-19 Safety and Outreach – Open Artist Call – Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is seeking up to three Alaskan artists to work collaboratively with CIHA staff and residents on creative initiatives that emphasize community while promoting important safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these Alaskan winter months, many people will be facing “covid fatigue,” so we are looking for creative ways to help our communities stay mindful of best practices of keeping everyone safe. This arts-based initiative will foster connection, encourage inclusive dialogue, and work to educate residents while reducing stigma regarding COVID-19 health and safety practices. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdx-1uIaxKNP6WQ3lCmx8AC7sAoMgewjkDt8UJHcdbJL3zJfg/viewformVIEW PDF 
  • 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition – The Call for Entries closes at 11:59 pm MOUNTAIN TIME on Friday, January 29, 2021. – The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is accepting submissions for its sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The competition focuses on broadening the definition of portraiture and aims to bring together works that attend to the country’s diversity and other conditions that shape the individual and collective identities of artists and sitters. Founded in 2006, the competition is made possible by the Virginia Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Endowment, established by Virginia Outwin Boochever and continued by her children. https://portraitcompetition.si.edu/competition/call-entries/  | VIEW PDF
  • Bunnell Street Art Center and KBBI Public Radio Call for local Homer area Musicians Bunnell is pleased to announce a partnership with KBBI to fund radio performances for local musicians in any musical genre. Using CARES funds distributed through the Alaska Community Foundation, Bunnell will pay musician stipends for performances coordinated with KBBI programming. Performances should be approximately 1 hour long.Email info@bunnellarts.org  for more information or call 235-2662. Homer Council on the Arts invites submission to the 23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest Deadline to Submit: December 20, 2020 Categories of submission include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Divisions include grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 9-12 and an Adult/Open Division. Visit the Homer Council on the Arts website at  https://www.homerart.org/writers-contest for complete information, guidelines and submission. 
  • Anchorage Museum | Artist Interventions/Temporary Installations Rolling Deadline The Anchorage Museum is interested in continuing dialogue and working with artists to activate spaces and conversations, as well as to feature ever-changing art forms. The Museum consistently attracts direct engagement by artists and works to curate these opportunities inside the Museum, on the lawn, out in the community and across the globe. Artist interventions take many forms, from readings, to research, conceptual gestures, protests and performances. We work with a variety of media and disciplines, in formal and informal spaces, to support artist actions that prompt, question, play with, and comment on the North, creative practice, institutional practice and relevant issues impacting the community. We work with artists from Alaska and from around the world. Visit the website for more information and to apply at https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/creative-opportunities/individual-artist-and-collaborative-visual-exhibitions/.

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Employment Opportunities

  • Alaska Arts Education Consortium Seeking Teacher-leaders for 2021 Arts Institutes 

    Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2021 

    The Alaska Arts Education Consortium offers numerous professional development training opportunities for Alaska’s teachers each summer.  We hire ‘teacher-leaders’ that are experienced in teaching teachers and strong in the arts and/or culture as well as other subjects. For complete information and to apply, visit the website at https://akartsed.org/aaec-seeking-teacher-leaders-for-2021-arts-institutes/ 

  • Outer Coast seeking faculty for Summer Seminar and Fall & Spring Semesters of the Outer Coast Year on a rolling basis through January 3, 2021 

    Outer Coast offers in-person educational programming for high school and college-aged students from Alaska and around the world. Based in Sitka, Alaska, Outer Coast is built on the pillars of academics, service & labor, and self-governance. At Outer Coast, the goal of education is to help students interrogate the challenges facing our communities, country, and world and develop the skills and confidence to solve those challenges.  

    Outer Coast seeks faculty to develop and teach engaging and innovative college-level courses during the Outer Coast Year based on the schedule described above. Faculty are encouraged to augment their course with visits from experts, both in person and virtually. 

    For complete information and to submit a proposal by January 3, 2021, see the prospectus, here. < https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cCFmD5Ttjc7oM7wxPhYRSrBRCUVE4wfAHP5dnr-yNFg/edit> 

  • Graphic Web Designer I, II – The Southcentral Foundation (SCF) Graphic and Web Designer is responsible for assisting with the creative direction for SCF to meet its business strategies, goals, and objectives. This position works effectively as a team player both within and across SCF to promote and integrate the SCF Public Relations Department through communication, cooperation, and collaboration. https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SOU1048SOFO/JobBoard/ad76c3a2-99d8-4135-8b8f-9da6caf393b7/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=005dc88c-83f9-4cd3-acdb-0d8c7d72e1d2
  • Graphic Designer – Student Assistant – Student graphic designers are responsible for the design, creation and printing of a variety of marketing materials including flyers, posters, banners, and digital media images for a wide variety of costumers (Wood Center programs, student organizations, university departments and other external). https://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/515750/graphic-designer-student-assistant
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), Art Administrative Assistant Under the supervision of the Art Director, this position is responsible for providing support to the Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) Art Department by performing administrative and communications support duties. The position serves as the project lead of some arts activities and project assistant on other activities.  https://jobs-sealaska.icims.com/jobs/2356/art-administrative-assistant-%28shi%29/job 
  • Sitka Music Festival, Executive Director The Sitka Music Festival is seeking a new Executive Director (ED) who will have overall accountability and responsibility for the management of the organization. Reporting to the SMF Board of Directors, the ED will be instrumental in guiding the organization to achieve the goals set forth in its recent strategic plan; engaging and managing up to three staff members; and serving as a visible representative of SMF to the broader community. S/he will be actively involved in fundraising and will work in collaboration with SMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey.  https://sitkamusicfestival.org/executive-director-search/?fbclid=IwAR2QIFY10u_rYb3yjlBUMvpezR3F4Pu_FuvEdYb0a6uZzAwmOwNdhMs-RJM  
  • Museums Alaska, Executive Director Museums Alaska is currently recruiting a new Executive Director to lead Alaska’s statewide museum association. This is a great position to connect and engage with museums and cultural centers across the state. Please see this job description for more information.