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: 10/12/2020 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Professional Development and Networking

  • ArtPlace Virtual Summit scheduled for October 26-30, 2020 – This year, ArtPlace America culminates a decade of work as part of an extraordinary community of artists, community developers, culture bearers, designers, government officials, philanthropists, and researchers who have come together from rural, suburban, Tribal, and urban communities across the United States.To help celebrate all we have done collectively, ArtPlace will host a virtual summit the week of October 26-30, 2020. At the Summit this year, we’ll be offering PLENARIES, WORKSHOPS, AFFINITY GROUPS, and HOMEROOMS. Each session type provides a different opportunity for learning and connecting—check out the rest of the website for more information on all the sessions and how to attend. Registration is free to attend and registration is required.Each day that week, we will offer a wide variety of programming from 2:00 – 6:00 pm EDT / 1:00 – 5:00 pm CDT / 12:00 – 4:00 pm MDT / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT / 10:00 am – 2:00 pm AKDT / 8:00 am – 12:00 pm HST.ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that was started in 2011 to support and strengthen a field of creative placemaking. At the end of 2020, we will complete our strategic plan that has worked to enlist artists as allies in planning and developing equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. For complete information and registration, visit the website at https://artplacesummit.org/.
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education Launches Registration for new Series “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass: October 19, 2020 – February 22, 2021The “Anti-Racism as Organizational Compass” series with the National Guild for Community Arts Education, offers the opportunity to listen to intimate conversations with six BIPOC-led arts organizations that center anti-racism in mission and practice. These dialogues will be facilitated by Masharika Prejean Maddison of LightWell Coaching + Consulting. As transparent co-learners, the Guild will provide an opening framework for the interview series by sharing its own history, and, in closing, will reflect on its own anti-racism work and lessons learned. After each dialogue that you attend, you will be invited to a follow-up reflection session the next day, facilitated by Toya Lillard of viBe Theater Experience, to process, share personal insights, and think through the changes you wish to activate within your own practice or organization. Learn more and register for the series at https://nationalguild.org/2020-2021-learning/anti-racism-as-org-compass.
  • National Guild for Community Arts Education | Rootworks: Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic Cohort Application Open October 16, 2020While the National Guild for Community Arts Education Rootwork speaker series will be open to the broader public, you can also apply to be part of a discreet, intimate learning cohort that will attend the speaker series in the winter, and work together in the spring to design new, adaptive models for community arts education which will then be disseminated to the broader field so we can collectively learn and advance our practice. This incubator will provide an opportunity for deep peer support and the space to collectively re-imagine community arts learning. Visit the website at https://nationalguild.org/2020-2021-learning/rootwork/rootwork-learning-cohort to learn more.

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • Homer Council on the Arts calls for Kenai Peninsula Artists
    Deadline: October 26, 2020All Kenai Peninsula artists are invited to submit 5″x7″ works of art for our November exhibit. You may submit up to 3 recent works in any medium of 5 inches by 7 inches in dimension.PARTICIPATION DEADLINES:By October 26 : Complete online submission form (you will need title, price, optional artist bio, etc and clear images of artworks). If you are unable to complete the online form, you will need to fill out a paper form when dropping off your artwork no later than November 2, 2020. For complete information and to submit your work, go to the website at https://www.homerart.org/calendar/2020/11/6/annual-5×7-show.
  • Juneau Arts and Humanities Council | Juneau CARES ArtWorks Call for ArtDeadline: October 26, 2020Juneau CARES ArtWorks: A call from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for artwork to provide a lasting documentation of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on our community; creation of works to provide reflection, learning, solace, and unity in this odd time of separation.The City and Borough of Juneau provided funding through its CARES funds with the intention of providing work for artists and creative workers who have been negatively affected by the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, for whom other CARES funds have been limited or unavailable. The intention is to fund as many projects as possible, with projects selected by a panel of seven community members, thereby providing work for as many artists as possible.Unemployed and under-employed Juneau artists and designers working all genres are invited to apply, individually or as teams. Applicants must be of legal contractual age. For complete information and to submit a proposal, visit https://www.jahc.org/artworks-grant/.
  • Fairbanks Arts Association Call for Gallery Proposals for 2022Deadline: October 31, 2020The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans from Alaska to submit for review digital images of their work for possible solo, group, or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2022. Every month, the Bear Gallery shows two fine arts exhibitions by Alaskan artists / artist groups working in a variety of media to local and out-of-town visitors of Fairbanks. Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists and are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered.
    • Portfolios may propose the following type of exhibitions:
    • Solo Exhibit: One Artist
    • Group: Separate works of more than two artists
    • Curated: Curator selects theme, conceptual focus, and included artwork.

    Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists and are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered. Visit the website for complete information and submission at https://fairbanksarts.org/2020/09/01/call-for-art-2022-bear-gallery-exhibitions/. For questions, email gallery@fairbanksarts.org

  • Bunnell Street Art Center Call for Visual Arts Exhibition and CSA | Open for Applications
    • Visual Arts Exhibitions for 2022 (Deadline: November 15, 2020): Bunnell’s flagship program opens the first Friday of every month with an artist’s reception, lecture, and demonstration workshops which are free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, exhibitions continue to promote education and artistic awareness for the public, networking, exchange and professional development for Alaskan artists. For Complete information and to apply, visit https://www.bunnellarts.org/visual-art-exhibitions/
    • Community Supported Art CSA for 2021 (Deadline: November 15, 2020): Bunnell’s fourth year of Community Supported Art continue into 2021. Artists are selected by panel and are paid $750 upfront to create 30 unique pieces of artwork to be included in 30 CSA shares. The invitation is open to visual artists, writers and musicians; limited to Homer-area artists (Ninilchik and South). For complete information and to apply, visit https://www.bunnellarts.org/2021csa/.
  • Anchorage Museum | Artist Interventions/Temporary InstallationsRolling DeadlineThe 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 

  • Zócalo Artist-in-Residency ProgramDeadline: October 26, 2020Emerging and established US-based artists and collaboratives who have a strong interest in deepening a collaborative, community-engaged creative practice can apply for this residency. The programs offer fully-funded housing in a private apartment studio on a 10-acre campus, a monthly working stipend, need-based project funding, and hands-on support. Houston, Texas. For more information or to apply, visit the website at https://artist.zocaloliving.com/
  • Bunnell Street Art Center Call for Alaska AIR Artist-in-Residence | Open for ApplicationsDeadline: November 15, 2020Alaska AIR Artist-in-Residence for 2022: Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in Residence (AIR) features Alaska, national and international artists for residencies of varying lengths, from one week to one month. Bunnell offers a 1000 square foot studio/gallery space and lodging in a private room with a private bath and living/kitchen area in a private apartment.For Complete information and to apply, visit https://www.bunnellarts.org/artist-in-residence/.

Employment Opportunities

  • MUSEUM OF THE ALEUTIANS seeks Collection ManagerClosing Date: 11/1/2020The Collections Manager manages the collections of the Museum of the Aleutians and is responsible for carrying out the mission and policies of the Museum through management of departmental activities, including the proper storage, conservation, handling, and documentation of the Museum’s collections, volunteers, planning and communication, developing grants, providing information services, and assistance with exhibit development.Salary or Range: $50,000 – $55,000Learn More: museumofthealeutians@gmail.com