Professional Opportunities

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Professional Development and Networking

  • Museums Alaska is now accepting applications for the Access to Alaska Native Collections (AANC) program. This program responds to the needs of the Alaska Native artists and culture bearers for access to collections in museums by supporting research visits to museum collections storage in Alaska. As such, Alaska Native artists and culture bearers will be invited to propose a visit to a participating museum’s collection that has a clear benefit to the development of their work. Deadline – September 8, 2023,
  • Americans for the Arts is hosting four convenings this coming fall to discover how local arts agencies are key players in support of individual artists. The convenings will be hosted by Dr. Melissa Crum, an artist, author, researcher, and founder of the consulting company, Mosaic Education Network, LLC, who infuses the arts, research, storytelling, and critical thinking into professional development, community building, and curriculum development.
  • 2023 Museums Alaska Awards Nominations –  
    • Outstanding Volunteer Award – Nominations for the Outstanding Volunteer Award acknowledge the crucial roles volunteers perform in our museum and cultural center communities. Help us celebrate their importance to our success by nominating any volunteer, whether docent, a community supporter, or a member of your Board of Directors.
    • Museum Champion – Nominations for Museum Champion may be submitted to recognize any donor, funder, or contributor for outstanding support of museums and cultural centers in Alaska, in funding or in in-kind support.
    • Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement – Nominations for the Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement recognize the contributions of an individual over a career. Help us celebrate their contributions by nominating an individual who is departing the field, from all sectors of the field. They do not need to be members of Museums Alaska.
  • Artist Communities Alliance – There is No Safety Net: Protections, Relief, and Advocacy – Join ACA on Thursday, September 14th from 1pm-2:30pm ET for our next Field Conversation, “There is No Safety Net: Protections, Relief, and Advocacy.” Artists and cultural workers who have been historically under-resourced in areas of pay, protections and direct support are more vulnerable than ever. In a world where the language to provide context is contested and in some places criminalized, ACA’s President and CEO, Lisa Funderburke, will host a timely conversation with advocates and program administrators to explore innovative and practical ways to strengthen support for artists and cultural workers. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Date & Time Sep 14, 2023 09:00 AM AKST

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals 

  • Call for Art: 2025 Bear Gallery Exhibitions – Artists and creatives residing in Alaska are invited to submit digital images and/or videos of artwork for possible solo, group, or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2025. The Bear Gallery is open year-round and attracts many visitors, both local and international. Each month, the Bear Gallery shows two exhibitions by Alaskan artists/groups working in a variety of media. Entry Period through October 31, 2023
  • Foundwork Artist PrizeAnnouncing the Open Call for Foundwork Artist Prize – This year’s honoree will receive an unrestricted $10,000 grant and studio visits with each of the distinguished jurors. The honoree and three shortlisted artists will also be invited for interviews as part of our Dialogues program to further public engagement with their practices. The deadline to register for this year’s award is 5:00 pm PT, September 26th.

Artists Residencies

  • OneBeat is accepting applications for two month-long U.S.-based music exchanges scheduled for the spring and fall of 2024 open to musicians and sonic artists ages 19-35. Accepting 50 musicians from up to 54 eligible countries and territories, OneBeat Fellows will spend approximately one month in an intensive residency which offers a chance for artists to write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. Deadline: September 15, 2023 –
  • HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Artist in Residence Program – NOW is the time to artistically interpret this magnificent world wonder. NPAF is now offering Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park residencies, and close to some of the best beaches on the island. For an approximately one-month term in 2024. The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, FREE HOUSING, a studio, an electronic baby grand piano, sound booth, event(s), and publicity. ELIGIBLE: All of NPAF’s Call for Entry opportunities accept submissions from national and international artists, writers, and performance artists. Old work, new work, experimental work, even previously submitted applications to other NPAF residencies are accepted, as the selection panel changes with every opportunity. Deadline: September 30, 2023

Employment Opportunities

  • Pratt Museum – Curator of Collections & Exhibitions – At the Pratt Museum we believe the Museum is for everyone. The Curator of Collections & Exhibitions will be inclusive and accessible to all peoples of our region. They are a key member of the leadership team, along with leading the growth and development planning, grant writing, donor relations and will represent the Museum at the regional and community level.
  • Pratt Museum – Museum Services Manager – The Museum Services Manager will be an integral part of the leadership team. The position is the glue that holds us all together. The ideal person will not only have a strong nonprofit finance background but also plays an important role in membership stewardship and recruitment and volunteer management. This is also an exciting time as we are reopening the Museum Store. The ideal person will lead the team in store development and oversee the front of the house.
  • Pratt Museum – Visitor Services, Store and Communication Coordinator – This is an exciting time at the Pratt Museum as we are reopening the Museum Store. The ideal person will work closely with the Museum Services Manager and the rest of the team to develop relationships with vendors and work on product development. At the same, this highly creative person will take the lead on communications development and implementation. Are you an organized and creative individual with excellent customer service skills?
  • Fairbanks Arts – Communications Coordinator – Fairbanks Arts Association is seeking a Communications Coordinator (C.C.) to join our team. The position pays $20/hr, is full-time requiring 35-40 hours per week, and reports to the Executive Director. The C.C. works some evenings and weekends. All scheduling is to be approved by Fairbanks Arts’ Operations Manager.