Professional Opportunities

Please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at)alaska.gov. Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 3/24/2021 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Professional Development and Networking

  • Crafting Resilience is a virtual program series hosted by the Center for Craft exploring how craft can cultivate strength and sustainability in individuals, spaces, and communities in the face of adverse conditions. Bringing together interdisciplinary and intersectional voices, the programs will animate dialogue and reflections on collective memory, healing, and social justice in the study and practice of craft. Upcoming offerings include: Education and Community Engagement-April 8, 2021 5pm ET Activism and Overcoming Obstacles-April 20, 2021 6pm ET 

    To learn more and register for upcoming events visit https://www.centerforcraft.org/crafting-resilience  

  • Kachemak Bay Writers Conference Open for Registration May 15-18, 2021 – The 2021 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be entirely virtual from May 15-18. While it will be disappointing to not be sharing our time together face-to-face, this decision will open opportunities for a virtual conference that won’t replicate the in-person event, but build on the benefits of an online platform.The faculty for the 2021 conference will be: Francisco Cantú, Victoria Chang, Brandon Hobson, Anis Mojgani, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, and Vera Starbard. Our most esteemed closing speaker will be Ernestine Hayes. There will be other panels and guest speakers that will be announced as they are finalized. The schedule for the conference will allow participants to attend all workshops, craft conversations, and readings as no events will be concurrent. There will be ample opportunity to network in virtual lounges that will be constructed to foster interest groups. Please browse the schedule and plan your conference.Registration fees will be substantially reduced so that more people can take advantage of this special conference and we can build an even greater, more diverse group of writers working together. For complete information, registration and schedule updates visit the website at http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/.
  • 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/ 

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council Call for Artists & Curators for 2021-2022 Season at the Main Street Gallery Deadline for Submissions: March 26th, 2021 

    The Main Street Gallery hosts 11 exhibits each year from September through August and displays a wide variety of mediums in Solo, Group, Invitational, and Open Call exhibits from local, Alaska and national artists, as well as traveling exhibits. Seven of these exhibits are available each season as an open call to both artists and curators who have a vision for an exhibit!!  

    For complete information and to submit a proposal visit the website at https://www.ketchikanarts.org/artist-resources/event/2021/03/26/main-street-gallery-call-to-artists-and-curators-deadline-for-proposals/320951  

  • Homer Council on the Arts Call for Gallery Exhibition for 2021 and 2022 Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2021 

    Applications are open for exhibiting in the Homer Council on the Arts gallery! We are currently accepting proposals for July of this year, as well as for several months in 2022. We invite Homer, Kenai Peninsula, Alaskan Native, and Alaskan artists to participate. We also host visiting artists when an exhibit of their work can make a valuable contribution to local culture. Applications for the HCOA gallery will automatically be considered for the South Peninsula Hospital gallery as well (see more about this below). 

    Please make sure to carefully read our Gallery Exhibit Guidelines before completing your application. Feel free to contact us with questions before making a proposal at 907-235-4288 or hcoa@homerart.org.  For complete information, exhibition guidelines and submission of a proposals, visit the website at https://www.homerart.org/calendar/2021/1/28/accepting-applications-for-gallery-exhibits 

  • Western Arts Alliance | Call for Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Native Launchpad Award Deadline for application: May 4, 2021 

    Native Launchpad provides US-based Indigenous artists with tools and resources needed to further their careers and introduce them to the world of arts presenting and management. Native Launchpad helps create opportunity and sustainability for individual Native artists through financial support, professional development opportunities, strategic promotions and networking. Each awardee will receive direct financial and travel support, mentoring/coaching, professional development and promotional benefits, valued at $40,000, over three years.  

    Four (4) Native Launchpad Artists will be selected by a panel of Indigenous performing arts professionals from across the country. In addition, a cohort of up to five (5) AIP Fellows will be invited to access professional development and networking resources through the program. All awards are contingent upon the AIP program being fully funded for Fiscal Year 2022. 

    For complete information and to apply visit the Western Arts Alliance Website at https://www.westarts.org/news-updates/call-for-submissions-native-launchpad-2021

  • City of Valdez Parks & Recreation  – Founders Memorial – Application due: May 17, 2021 –  The City of Valdez, Office of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, invites Artists and Artist Teams to submit their qualifications for a City of Valdez Founders Memorial sculpture project at or near the intersection of Hazelet Avenue and Faldago Drive. The project will welcome visitors to the NEW Hazelet-Meals Wilderness Trail on Meals Hill. View the full RFP here > https://portvaldez.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/VALDEZ-RFP-Founders-Memorial-03.17.21.pdf

 

  • Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Store Seeking Relationships with Alaska Native Artists Are you an established Alaska Native artist with pieces to sell? SHI’s Sealaska Heritage Store buys art. We want to establish long-term relationships with Alaska Native artists who would like to sell through our store in Juneau and online. Visit the store at https://sealaska-heritage-store.myshopify.com/. If you are interested, contact Tammie Hanson at tammie.hanson@sealaska.com or (907) 586-9129. 
  • 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/.

Artists Residencies

  • The Nicholson Project  Deadline for application for fall 2021/2022 season: April 15, 2021 

    The Nicholson Project is a paid artist residency program and neighborhood garden in Ward 7’s Fairlawn neighborhood. Our mission is to support, provide opportunities, engage, and amplify artists and creatives from our community and the local artist community—particularly artists of color and those from Ward 7 and 8—while engaging our neighbors through community-based programming. Our vision is to serve as a cultural hub and community anchor celebrating Ward 7’s authentic identity, while infusing new vibrancy into Southeast DC. We hope to inspire others to use similar non-traditional arts and community-centered projects as a pathway toward stronger, more vibrant communities. 

    We welcome emerging, mid-career and established visual artists & designers, but also makers, chefs, gardeners, architects, engineers, and scientists too! Just let us know what you’re into and why Nicholson is a fit. Local and national creatives are encouraged to apply. Although our residencies are open to all artists, our focus is on BIPOC artists and those who live or have ties to Southeast Washington, DC. 

    For complete information and residency application, visit the website at https://www.thenicholsonproject.org/residency-program 

  • Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program – The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks… with a twist. Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness specialist and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands. Art professionals in all media – visual (two and three dimensional: photographers, sculptors, painters, etc.), audio (musicians, singers, composers), film (video/filmmakers), performance artists, and writers (poets, fiction, essays, storytellers). International artists are welcome to apply. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r10/home/?cid=stelprd3820977

Employment Opportunities

  • Administrative Officer – Alaska State Council on the Arts – The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is recruiting for an Administrative Officer in Anchorage to serve as the primary financial officer for the agency. Closing date March 30th – View full job posting here > https://bit.ly/3vXerJd
  • 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.