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! (latest update: 5/8/2024 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Professional Development and Networking

  • The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference – The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has been the place where writers from Alaska and beyond come together to create community and learn how to be better writers. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2024 conference on May 18-21 at the beautiful Kachemak Bay Campus in downtown Homer, Alaska. This year, they will be exploring the theme “Wonder in the Wounded World” and the myriad ways we can be stronger writers and readers. Not only will there be four-days of craft classes, agent and editor meetings, panel discussions, readings by the participants and the faculty, but we’ll have more chances for folks to interact with each other and form the community of writers that sustains us when we return to our desks.They hope that participants of the conference leave with stronger writing tools and a strengthened resolve to keep putting their words to the page. Now, more than ever, every writer’s stories, poems, essays, novels, and more need to be nourished. As always, updates will be posted on Facebook and on the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference website. http://writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu/
  • Pitch Opportunities: Share Your Work at WAA 2024 – What happens when you bring together the most creative minds in the business? Let’s find out at WAA 2024! We are accepting applications for two different pitch opportunities at this year’s conference:Pitch NOW is a brand new session for artists and producers with New or Outside-of-the-Box Works. Reach potential collaborators and turn your idea into a project with partnerships and performance dates. Plus, tried-and-true favorite, Amplified, returns for another year; agents, if you have a project, artist, or program you’d like to share with a captive audience of presenters, apply for Amplified.The deadline to apply for both pitch opportunities is Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm PT. Read on to learn more!
  • Arts Education Conference 2024 – The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Conference focuses on sharing promising practices prioritizing arts education, inclusive of arts integration, in schools. This year’s conference will be held June 24-26, 2024. The conference is appropriate for teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists.  https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/networks-conferences-and-research/conferences-and-events/arts-education-conference/
  • Nominations for Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards. –The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the Alaska Humanities Forum (the Forum), the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor are seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards. These awards recognize and honor Alaskans whose noteworthy contributions to the arts and humanities have made a lasting impact on Alaska’s social, economic, and civic life. They highlight individuals and organizations that have helped strengthen communities by forging connections between people across race, class, and cultural divides; those that have furthered traditional Alaska Native language or culture; and those that have contributed to a better understanding of the world, one another, and the human experience.Nominations by the public are accepted from April 15 through June 8, 2024 online at https://www.akgovawards.org/nominate. We will be holding a celebration of the awardees at the Anchorage Museum on Oct. 29, 2024.
  • The Ketchikan Dance Film Festival – The Ketchikan Dance Film Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 28th 2024 in downtown Ketchikan, AK. This is the second annual film festival to premiere in downtown Ketchikan, Alaska. Official selections for the 2024 Ketchikan Dance Film Festival will be presented to a live audience during a free indoor screening at the downtown Ketchikan Coliseum Theatre. https://www.westarts.org/news-updates/pitch-2024 https://filmfreeway.com/KetchikanDanceFIlmFestival
    • Regular Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management – Are you an Alaska nonprofit or tribal leader? Do you want to enhance your management skills and explore new techniques to effectively lead your organization? The Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management features courses focused on issues facing Alaska nonprofits and provides access to a network of fellow professionals.

    Applications are now open for the 2024 cohort. The deadline to apply is June 7.

  • The Alaska Funders Directory – The Alaska Funders Directory is the only site that focuses solely on funding opportunities in Alaska. The directory allows you to generate a list of funders that fit the interests of your nonprofit or project. Use the directory to save hours of research to find funders that align with your mission, geographic area, and funding needs. https://www.forakergroup.org/alaska-funders-directory/

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • Pan-ArcticVision NUUK 2024! – Welcome to the second edition of Pan-ArcticVision, a truly international, border-crossing experience of song, community and empowerment!We are calling on all Arctic musicians, bands / artists to join us in Nuuk, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), October 12th 2024, for a streamed live production!
  • The 2024 Wearable Art Extravaganza – Call for Art –
    • What is the theme this year? Neon Apocalypse
    • How do I register for Wearable Art? Artists register online and pay a registration fee of $50. Artist applications are open through May 17, 2024. Are you interested in becoming a Wearable Art artist? Scroll down for more information!
    • How do I get tickets? Tickets go on sale to JAHC Members on June 14, and to the general public on July 15. Want to renew your JAHC membership? Click here!
    • Are there opportunities to volunteer at this event? Yes, we are looking for energetic folks to help us make Wearable Art a huge success! There are many jobs to choose from – if you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and make sure to select “Wearable Art” as an event interest.
    • https://www.jahc.org/wearable-art/
  • Crab Festival Art Show – Kodiak Arts Council and The Frame Shop invite Kodiak artists to submit new original creative work to be included in the 24th annual Crab Fest Art Show, an official event of Kodiak Crab Festival, on exhibit May 24 to 26, 2024, with a opening reception the evening of Friday, May 24. The Art Show will be staged at the Kodiak Harbormaster building in downtown Kodiak. A virtual companion exhibit will be built online to reach a broad audience and provide viewing access from home. We are accepting all contemporary and fine art genre submissions from Kodiak artists completed within the past three years and not previously exhibited at the Crab Festival Art Show. Artwork that can be strongly identified, defined, or perceived as belonging to a distinct culture or cultural tradition must be made by an artist that belongs or identifies as belonging to that culture. The Kodiak Arts Council may ask for clarification to ensure work is not appropriated. https://www.kodiakarts.org/crabfest-art-show-2024
  • Pitch Opportunities: Share Your Work at WAA 2024 – What happens when you bring together the most creative minds in the business? Let’s find out at WAA 2024! We are accepting applications for two different pitch opportunities at this year’s conference:Pitch NOW is a brand new session for artists and producers with New or Outside-of-the-Box Works. Reach potential collaborators and turn your idea into a project with partnerships and performance dates. Plus, tried-and-true favorite, Amplified, returns for another year; agents, if you have a project, artist, or program you’d like to share with a captive audience of presenters, apply for Amplified.The deadline to apply for both pitch opportunities is Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm PT. Read on to learn more! https://www.westarts.org/news-updates/pitch-2024
  • Iḷisaġvik College – Call for Blanket Design – Are you an artist or designer? There is still time to submit your artwork! This artwork should represent Iḷisaġvik College and North Slope culture, values, traditions, and landscapes. The chosen artist/designer will get an honorarium of $1,000 and a free blanket with their design, along with artist recognition. Blankets will be produced by this indigenous owned company, https://eighthgeneration.com/ and will be used only by Iḷisaġvik College.
  • PAPERWORKS 2024 – Paperworks 2024 is an online competition with a 2 month long exhibition on our website for finalists, small cash prizes for winners and an online reception. Juror Julian Sanchez Gonzales is a Research Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art.

Artists Residencies

Employment Opportunities

  • Educator Programs Manager – See Stories – See Stories’ Educator Programs Manager will primarily manage and facilitate virtual & in-person teacher professional development courses, from syllabus writing & curriculum development to coordinating guest instructors and grading teacher assignments. See Stories educator professional development classes are generally accredited through UAA’s Professional & Continuing Education Program (PACE), and so much of this role includes liaising with the PACE staff. This position is currently funded for the next 2.5 years, with possible room for growth and/or expansion. We are also looking for someone to create lesson plans that are user-friendly for teachers to accompany student- and teacher-produced films & podcasts. https://seestoriesalaska.org/job-listing-for-educator-programs-manager/