Professional Opportunities

Please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at) Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (latest update:02/23/2023 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)

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Professional Development and Networking

  • Nominations Are Open! 2023 Alaska Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards – Each year, any individuals, organizations, or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the arts and humanities in Alaska are eligible to be nominated by the public for an award, with the exception of current ASCA or Forum Council/Board members, staff, or prior Award recipients. Award recipients are selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Office of the Governor. Nominate here:
    Nominations for the 2023 awards are now open through February 22nd, 2023.
  • ABLE Assembly 2023 – The Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education (BIAAE) is delighted to announce the 2023 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone conference, which will take place online April 21–23, 2023. In-person and online attendance options are available. 

Artists Residencies

  • 2023 DALTON HIGHWAY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE – This year, the BLM Alaska and Toolik Field Station are offering a collaborative Dalton Highway Artist-in-Residence opportunity. It will run for five to seven days between June and September 2023, with exact dates at the discretion of the artist. During the residency, the artist will have the opportunity to travel much of the Dalton Highway, speak with land managers and scientific researchers, and pursue their artistic discipline amid Alaska’s inspiring landscapes. Artists may be hosted at one of the BLM cabins or campgrounds, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology’s Toolik Field Station, and/or at a remote, backcountry location, depending on the interests and outdoor experience of the selected artist. The BLM will provide the selected artist with transportation from Fairbanks to the residency location(s) as well as provide housing and/or camping equipment, satellite phone, and emergency equipment (including first-aid kit). Transportation to Fairbanks is the responsibility of the selected artist.If you are a visual, auditory, or performing artist or writer and are interested in an opportunity to experience and celebrate this remote, rugged part of Alaska, please apply by Friday, March 24, 2023. Details are outlined below for how to apply 2023 Dalton Highway Artist-in-Residence opportunity.
  • Meg Hunt Artist Residency Program – The Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is connecting people with wildlands through art, science, and education in Alaska. The Wrangell Mountains Residency Program aims to support artists of all genres, writers, and inquiring minds. Our organization and community will provide a unique and rustic workspace located in the heart of the nation’s largest national park.

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • Perform at the 2023 WAA Annual Conference! – Applications for our 2023 Official Showcase in Seattle, WA are open! Eight artists/ensembles will be selected to perform at the showcase – part of the 2023 WAA Annual Conference — for an audience of presenters, agents, and other performing arts professionals from the West and beyond.The showcase, which will highlight artists from across dance, theater, and music disciplines, will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall on September 6 and 7 – the second and third days of the four-day convening.
  • Valdez Museum & Historical Archive Exhibition Proposal -Do you have a great idea for an exhibit?  We mount 4-5 temporary exhibits annually at the Valdez Museum. Whether you’re dreaming of a solo or group show and art installation, or taking a historical, cultural, scientific, or interdisciplinary look at this place, we want to hear your proposals and ideas. Proposals should fit within the museum’s mission and values, explore the culture, art, history, or geography of Valdez, Prince William Sound, and the Copper River Basin.Exhibit Proposals are due March 1, 2023, for 2024 and later. Questions can be directed to Caren S. Oberg,  or (907) 835-8905.
  • Artistic License Plate Competition: 2023 Call for Art  The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) invites artists of all ages to submit their design for the 2023 Artistic License Plate Competition. The winning design will be distributed and sold at DMVS across the state through 2027. The spirit of this competition is to encourage creativity, celebrate our unique experiences living in Alaska, and highlight the importance of engaging with art in our daily lives. ASCA administers this competition in keeping with their mission to advance creativity as a core civic value and identity for Alaska. Semi-finalists will receive a $250 honorarium, and the selected artist will be awarded $1000. Additionally, applicants under the age of 18 are eligible for a $50 honorarium, awarded by grade level.For more information visit Deadline for applications is 9:59 PM AKST, March 31, 2023
  • Alaska Contemporary Art Bank: 2023 Call for Art –The Alaska State Council on the Arts is requesting applications of visual artwork to purchase from Alaskan artists for the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. Alaskan artists are invited to submit up to 6 recent works in any media. Purchased works become part of a lending collection displayed throughout state public areas. All entries must be submitted through Only works priced at and under $4,000 will be considered. All Alaskan artists are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is 9:59 PM AKST, March 31, 2023.
  • The Alaska Center, in support of the Native Village of Eklutna, works to see the restoration of the Eklutna River and the surrounding habitat. For 94 years, the water of Eklutna Lake has been stopped from flowing freely to the mouth of the Eklutna River, preventing the people of Eklutna from accessing this valuable resource and an integral part of their livelihoods.Submissions are open now and will remain open until February 24th. Any submissions will need to be completed by the 24th and should be delivered ready to be hung or presented no later than Wednesday, March 1st. Art is to be displayed through the month of March.
  • Out North invites you to the second annual Out North Fringe, a festival celebrating original performance art, film, workshops and more! Got a great idea for a super short experimental film? Got a phone? If the answer is yes to both then you’re ready to be part of Out North’s Fringe Festival 2023: Fringe Film Nights. You can win CASH prizes!

    • Films must be 7 minutes or shorter
    • Films must be submitted in an MP4 format and be downloadable via a digital platform – films submitted via email or thumb drives will not be accepted
    • Filmmakers must be 18 years or over

    Deadline for films March 10, 2023
    For questions or additional info email:

  • Homer Council on the Arts – Call for Art! Unto Ourselves: Radical Autonomy – Community members are invited to create original artworks exploring the theme of bodily autonomy for our March exhibit, “Unto Ourselves: Radical Autonomy,” in partnership with Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC). A portion of artwork sales will support their programs, including the R.E.C. Room. Learn more about KBFPC and R.E.C. Room here! The show will be on display in HCOA’s gallery from March 3- April 1. In addition to First Friday hours from 5-7pm on March 3, there will also be an opening celebration on Saturday, March 4 with music, friends, food, and live performances! 
  • The Southwest Alaska Arts Group is looking for Community dance groups for our 2023 Cama-I Dance Festival in March.  We are particularly interested in Native groups and Traditional groups from other cultures but would be willing to look at modern groups that might add to the festival experience.   If you know any groups, we should contact or anyone who might be interested I would greatly appreciate if you could forward this message or reply with contact info and we will reach out to the groups.   You can check out previous festivals at
    Contact SWAAG on their Facebook page for more information:

Employment Opportunities

  • BBTLC Program Specialist – Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation is seeking (2) BBTLC Program Specialists to support the Bristol Bay Teaching & Learning Collaborative’s Project (BBTLC) and reports directly the BBTLC Program Manager. The BBTLC Project is a collaborative that is working to improve the teaching quality in our indigenous communities to lead to increased student success. This position will require deep community and regional involvement. This will require working directly in our communities providing outreach to Bristol Bay communities. This position may be located in either Anchorage or Bristol Bay.
  • Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Program Director – KAAHC is looking for a new team member to become the Program Director. The Program Director manages and promotes the programming of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. This includes the Main Street Gallery, the Blueberry Arts Festival, Stories at Latitude 56, Arts Uncorked, artist professional development, aspects of the Wearable Art Show and the IDEA Festival. The KAAHC team is highly collaborative, and the environment is fast paced, exciting and fun Please see the full job description for more information. 
  • Identity, Inc. Music/Choral Director – Identity is looking to bring back Sing Out Anchorage as an all-ages queer performing group! We are looking for our next Music/Choral Director to restart this program from the ground up. This is a contracted position for 5-10 hours per month overseeing the program and will be responsible for holding auditions, selecting music, scheduling rehearsals and coordinating performances  Send cover letter and resume to 
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute  – Education Coordinator, Makerspace Instructors, School-Based Cultural Specialist, and more. Visit the website at for a complete listing and information.