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Professional Development and Networking

  • Center for Craft Virtual Symposium – Craft Ways 2021: Tending to Craft July 22 – 24, 2021 online Research takes care. It requires work, and builds connections best when shared.   Research can take a variety of forms: writing, working in archives, dialogue, making things, and examining things that have been made. We believe research, when expansive, culturally sensitive, and collaborative, is a process for tending to craft. ‍The format for this gathering is a research experiment, and proposes a key question:  

    What work can we do together that we could not do alone? 

    For complete information and to register for the virtual symposium, visit the website at Registration is limited to 300 participants.  

    Event Safety Alliance – 2021 Event Safety Summit 

    December 1 – 3, 2021 In-person (Lititz, PA) and online 

    Event Safety Alliance (ESA) is excited to announce the return of the Event Safety Summit on December 1-3, 2021. This year’s event will feature in-person and online attendance options, and is once again made possible in part through the generous support of Take1 Insurance. Registration is now open at 

    As we emerge from the darkness of face coverings and physical distancing into the bright light of capacity crowds and busy schedules, there is more need than ever to share ideas with smart friends.  Nothing is quite the same as it was before – we must carefully re-enter this changed landscape. Since 2014, the Event Safety Summit has brought together professionals from around the globe and across the entertainment, sports, and corporate event industries to discuss all aspects of safety, security, and health at live events.  Featuring a diverse lineup of presentations, panels, workshops, and networking opportunities, the Event Safety Summit provides attendees with actionable ideas, enables collaboration with and communication among like-minded professionals, and sends attendees home with new motivation to put life safety first in their daily work

  • Museums Alaska 2021 Annual Meeting registration is Open!September 13-14 & 20-21Registration for this year’s virtual conference, #MA2021, is now open!Thanks to a generous sponsorship by Rasmuson Foundation, we are able to offer free registration to everyone. If you would like to help support the work Museums Alaska does, you can help sponsor the conference, too! Sponsors will be recognized during the conference and receive unique Museums Alaska gift items only available during #MA2021!

    We hope that everyone can join us this year! If you have any issues registering, please don’t hesitate to reach out, so we can help. For complete information and registration, visit the website at

  • Arts Education Partnership opens registration for 2021 Virtual Convening – Sept. 14 – 15, 2021 onlineArts and education leaders from across the nation will convene virtually on Sept. 14-15 to explore solutions aimed at ensuring all learners receive a well-rounded education that includes the arts. The Virtual Gathering is a two-day event that features keynote speakers, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and online networking opportunities. We believe that all art forms are important, and all educators are important whether learning takes place in schools or communities. The gathering is a place to share the best of what’s happening across the country in all learning spaces. For complete information and registration visit the website at
  • Museums Alaska Call for Proposals and Award Nominations Museums Alaska is holding its 2021 Annual Meeting as a virtual conference via Whova in SeptemberThe theme of this year’s conference is Sustainability: Adaptation and Resilience of Alaska Museums. For more information about the conference and to submit a nomination by August 1, 2021for Award for Excellence in the Museum Field, Volunteer of the Year Award, President’s Award in Honor of Lifetime Achievement, or Museums Champion visit the conference page at here to submit a proposal for a Guided Conversation, Hands-on Workshop, or Pecha Kucha presentation by July 13, 2021.  
  • Rasmuson Foundation Opens application for 2022 Sabbatical Program
    Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2021 Alaska-based nonprofit and tribal executives interested in a unique opportunity for time away from the office have until Sept. 15 to apply for a Rasmuson Foundation 2022 sabbatical award. Now entering its 18th year, the program offers awards up to $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a three- to six-month sabbatical. For complete information, contact and application information, visit the website at 

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE: Request for Proposals – AWWU Ship Creek Water Treatment Facility / Ship Creek Trail  Deadline for submission: July 23, 2021 Contact: Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, (907) 343-6473  Amount of Commission: $80,000  Eligibility: National Call 

    In accordance with Municipal Code 7.40, the Municipality of Anchorage is announcing a call for qualified artists to create artwork for the Ship Creek Trail as part of the Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Ship Creek Water Treatment Facility construction in Anchorage, Alaska. 

    The Ship Creek Water Treatment facility construction was completed 2020. The 1% for Art funding allocation has been directed to the designated location on the Ship Creep trail. The installation of artwork will be coordinated with the Curator of Public Art and the Department of Parks & Recreation. For complete information and to submit a proposal visit at 

    Municipality of Anchorage: Request for Proposals – Downtown Signals & Lighting Upgrades – 4th Avenue, E street to A street   

    Deadline for Submission: August 20, 2021 

    Contact: Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, (907) 343-6473  

    Amount of Commission: $30,000  

    Eligibility: International Call 

    The art selection jury intends to commission one sculptural installation totaling $30,000 to be permanently installed in an area of widened sidewalk landscape at the intersection of 4th Avenue and B street. The landscaped area will be an addition to the sidewalk  extension on the 4th Avenue block between B and C streets. The designated area is identified as an entry corridor to downtown and the Anchorage Design District. For complete information and to submit a proposal visit at 

  • Alaska Breastfeeds 2021 Exhibition Application Form The Alaska Breastfeeds Art Exhibition is a visual celebration, examination, and exploration of breastfeeding from the perspective of individual Alaskan artists. Visual artists residing in the state of Alaska are invited to respond to the concept of the breastfeeding experience. As a whole, the Alaska Breastfeeds Exhibition seeks to promote the normalization of breastfeeding as a normal, healthy, and natural way of feeding a baby or child in Alaska. The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM Alaska Standard Time. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. There is no fee to apply. Please submit high-quality images (minimum 2-3 MB files) of your work unframed. For more resources on how to photograph your work and preparing for a virtual exhibition, visit: This exhibition opens September 3, 2021 from 4:30-7 PM during First Friday.
  • Alaska State Museum | Cohort B for Preparing Alaska’s Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PAC)August 25 – December 15, 2021Earthquakes, wildfires, eruptions, and water leaks– disasters both great and small beset Alaska cultural organizations. Through the Preparing Alaska’s Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PACO) program, staff at collecting institutions across Alaska can access training and coaching resources that will enhance our disaster preparedness and resiliency.From 2021-2022, LAM will lead a comprehensive emergency training program for three cohorts of participants. The training program includes the following:
    1. A four-month online course that guides participants through creating an institutional disaster plan.
    2. A coach assigned to each participating institution who will provide additional support and mentoring to boost participant success.
    3. A three day, hands-on workshop dedicated to disaster recovery conducted at a regional fire training center.

    Visit the website at for complete information, eligibility and application.

  • The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is now accepting exhibition proposals for the upcoming Gallery Season running October 2021 through September 2022: Individual artists, organizations, and groups are eligible to apply. Selected applicants will display their work for approximately one month at the JACC, approximately two months in the Davis Gallery at Centennial Hall, or virtually, with an opening reception on First Friday. The Arts Council Gallery Program supports both established and emerging Alaskan artists showcasing new works, while representing the broadest spectrum of visual art media.  The Arts Council welcomes original artwork created within the last three years in any media, and not previously exhibited in the JAHC Gallery Program (individually or as part of a past group exhibition). Artwork should not violate city, state, or federal laws, or endanger viewers. Preference is given to artists living and working in Southeast Alaska, particularly current JAHC members in good standing. To apply, submit an online application that includes the following: Contact information  Current artist statement/bio, resume or cv  Written proposal of the exhibit  

    5 images of your work, sketches, and/or other supporting materials* 

    The application fee has been waived, but applicants who are selected for the upcoming Gallery Season are encouraged to become members or renew their membership.  

    The deadline to apply is August 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM, Alaska Standard Time. All applications will be reviewed by the JAHC Board Gallery Committee and decisions will be announced no later than September 15, 2021. 

  • Performing Arts Discovery 2021 Showcase Application 

    The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and Western Arts Alliance (WAA) are pleased to announce a virtual international showcase opportunity for performing artists. This opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Discovery Program (PAD). The NEA launched the PAD program in 2015 to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, festival directors, and venue managers. In this first round, PAD will select 10 artists to showcase virtually at this year’s Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest Conferences. Later this year a second round will seek an additional 20 artists and ensembles for additional showcase  opportunities. All 30 groups will also be featured on a dedicated platform and included in selected international online showcases. 

  • 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 If you are interested, contact Tammie Hanson at 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

Artists Residencies

  • Ox-Bow Longform Artist Residency in MichiganDeadline for applications: July 30, 2021This mentorship-style program that foregrounds experimental and continued education outside of traditional systems of learning. Longform brings together a diverse group of artists, providing time and space to grow conceptually, and through intentional shared experiences. Dates of the residency program are September 15 – October 5, 2021. While the residency charges tuition on a sliding scale, there are five positions for fully-funded residents. Core Faculty include artists Erin Jane Nelson and Arnold J. Kemp. For complete information and application, visit the website at
  • National Parks Arts Foundation Residencies Open for applicationHawai’i Volcanoes National Park Artist in Residence Program | Deadline for application: July 29, 2021This park has drawn artists fascinated by its fire glows and lava flows since its inception in 1912. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few National Parks outside of Alaska and Yellowstone that are in active volcanic areas. Open to all artists, writers, musicians, or performance artists.
    • Dates: June 6 – 30, 2022
    • Notification: January 12, 2022
    • Residency Type: All Artistic Media
    • Artists Stipend: $2,000
    • Single Artist / Couples: Yes
    • Groups / Family / Household: Yes
    • Artist Event(s) / Workshop(s): Yes
    • National Museum/Archives Art Donation: Yes, for consideration.


    Death Valley National Park Artist in Residence Program | Deadline for application: July 30, 2021

    The month of January is ideal to live and work in the center of one of the most iconic landscapes in America, Death Valley National Park, nature’s masterpiece of erosion and desolation — close to the Mesquite Flats dunes and Zabriskie Point, less than 2 hours from the beautiful Alabama Hills. Stovepipe Wells (Death Valley, CA) is the heart of Death Valley National Park and lies directly across from the legendary dunes of the park. Open to all artists, writers musicians, or performance artists. Meals included.

    • 2 residencies a year
    • Current Application Deadline: July 30, 2021
    • Next Residency Dates: January 6 – 30, 2022
    • Notification: November 15, 2021
    • Residency Type: All artistic media
    • Artists Stipend: $3000
    • Single Artist / Couples: Yes
    • Groups / Family / Household: No
    • Housing: Yes, a modern air-conditioned hotel room in Stovepipe Wells Village (including all hotel amenities and daily food from the Toll Road Restaurant).
    • Artist Event(s) / Workshop(s) Required/ Venue on location: Yes, *possibly online
    • National Museum/Archives Art Donation: Yes, for consideration.

    For complete information and application visit the National Parks Arts Foundation on the website at

Employment Opportunities

  • Vice President of Development Position Description – Alaska Humanities Forum  Position Summary The Alaska Humanities Forum is seeking an experienced, energetic, and innovative Vice President of Development to cultivate the financial capacity and resources necessary for the organization’s continued success and growth. The Vice President of Development will report to the CEO and work in close collaboration with the senior leadership team and other staff members to set and reach the organization’s fundraising goals, to develop strategies to financially sustain the growth the organization has experienced over the last five years, and to establish more robust individual, corporate, and major gifts programs. 
  • The Anchorage Museum is seeking applications for employment in the following positions: Maintenance Technician, Visitor Services Assistant, Event & Facility Rental Coordinator, and Discovery Center Interpreter. For more information, complete job descriptions and to submit an application for employment, visit the website at 
  • Media/Graphic Arts Teacher: 9-12 (Advertising, Art, and Design) – KING TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL – This position requires a valid Alaska certificate. The number of workdays is established and salary is based upon the AEA negotiated pay scale. Information on both can be found online at Positions which are .50 to 1.0 FTE are in the Alaska Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), positions which are .40 to .49 FTE are in the Alaska Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS). Positions which are .39 FTE or less are not eligible for participation in either Alaska retirement system.
  • Outer Coast Faculty – Outer Coast seeks faculty to develop and teach engaging and innovative college-level courses during the Outer Coast Summer Seminar based on the schedule described above. Faculty are encouraged to augment their course with visits from experts, both in person and virtually. Compensation for faculty will be $5,000 for the Summer Seminar, along with a stipend for travel costs. Housing will be provided for faculty members and their families, as applicable.