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: 2/7/2024 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)

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Professional Development and Networking

  • Alaska Writers Workshop 2024 – Theater Alaska is offering the opportunity for Alaskan writers to develop work for performance in 2024. The Alaska Writers Workshop is a 7-week residency offering a cohort of 3 Alaskan writers the space and time to further develop a full-length play that they are currently working on. The Alaska Writers Workshop is led by New Dramatist playwright Julia Izumi, who will offer guided instruction and feedback on their work. All meetings will be over the Zoom on-line platform for 2024.
  • Leadership Anchorage – LA is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be an effective and compassionate changemaker for our city, and our state. Each year, a diverse cohort of leaders is selected to participate in this 9-month program consisting of monthly Saturday sessions, enhanced by group projects, individual mentorships, readings, resources, and guest speakers from the community. The application for LA 28 is due by April 19, 2024.
  • Seeding Fractals: Cultivating Connections, Multiplying Impact – The National Guild for Community Arts Education is thrilled to share space again! This dynamic event will take place in the vibrant city of Washington, D.C., from April 9 to April 12, 2024 at the Washington Hilton. Our theme this year Seeding Fractals: Cultivating Connections, Multiplying Impact was inspired by adrienne marie brown’s “Emergent Strategy: ” The theme captures the essence of community arts education: the power of interconnectedness and the exponential potential for positive change. In nature, fractals represent intricate patterns that repeat themselves on various scales, from the smallest leaf to the grandest tree. Similarly, the community arts education sector thrives on fostering connections and relationships that lead to multiplied impact. “Seeding Fractals” reflects the Guild’s commitment to nurturing these connections within the community arts education ecosystem. It acknowledges that every action, no matter how small, has the potential to create a ripple effect, ultimately contributing to a more vibrant and equitable arts education landscape.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals 

  • 2024 Annual Hummingbird Festival – The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is pleased to announce the 2024 Annual Hummingbird Festival, beginning Friday, April 5, 2024 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Since 2006 a juried art show, dedicated to the migratory birds of Alaska, has been presented as part of the festival by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. Artists of all ages, from around Alaska are invited to participate in this exhibit.
    • Entry Guidelines – Entry deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. The art show will be on display at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center until June 30, 2024. –
    • Artwork must include birds, avian habitat and/or migratory bird patterns from the list provided on the back page of the entry form (attached pdf).
    •  Artwork must be recent, original, and not previously exhibited in Ketchikan, Alaska.
    • More info:
  • Commemorative Art Print Program & History – Each year, the Alaska Railroad Corporation commissions an artist to produce artwork that is the basis for a limited edition print, poster and lapel pin and other gifts and materials. The annual Alaska Railroad artwork is a favorite among rail fans and Alaska art collectors. These collector’s items are available for sale through the Anchorage Historic and Fairbanks depots, as well as the online Gift Shop. The Railroad typically produces 250 signed and numbered prints and 2,500 posters, along with matching lapel pins.
  • Alaska Botanical Garden Summer Exhibition – Each year the Alaska Botanical Garden Summer Exhibition examines Contemporary Art and its relationship to nature. Artworks are displayed outside in a featured garden space, along the walking path, and indoors in our gift shop.

    This year’s exhibition will be on display May 15th through September 15th, 2023. Artists’ work will be available for sale through our online store and gift shop. Artworks must be ready to hang or install and be delivered to the Garden for installation by Monday, May 9th.

    This exhibition coincides with our summer events and is on view during peak visitation to the Garden. A percentage of the proceeds, determined by each Artist, will be donated to the Garden. Works submitted will be selected for exhibition by the ABG Curatorial team.

    Applications will close March 31st, 2024

  • The Music Cities Awards – The Music Cities Awards is a global competition designed to acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social, environmental and cultural development in cities and places all around the world. Since its launch in 2020, the MCA’s have become a global showcase of the state of the art of projects using music for making cities better and a source of inspiration for those music advocates looking to create a positive impact in their communities. The Award Ceremony for the 2024 edition will take place on November 14th, on the opening day of the Riyadh Music Cities Convention, to be held in Saudi Arabia. Deadline: April 20, 2024 –

Artists Residencies

  • Vermont Studio Center – Applications are Now Open for April to December 2024 Residencies. See below for a complete list of 2024 Fellowship offerings and eligibility requirements as well as lists of past Fellows.
  • 2024 Wrangell Mountains Center Residency—McCarthy, Alaska – 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 visual artists of all genres, performers, and writers. Artists from the global majority, who are underrepresented, marginalized, Alaska Natives, etc. are especially encouraged to apply. The residency will provide unrestricted work time and space to focused individuals. We invite applicants from a diversity of backgrounds with creative and inquisitive minds who will both add to and benefit from the interdisciplinary efforts at our campus in McCarthy, Alaska and the surrounding Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Please consider how you might engage with the local ecology, community, or history before applying. Entry Deadline: 2/12/24

Employment Opportunities

  • Teacher Leaders Needed for 2024 Institutes – The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is looking for teacher-leader applicants to work in our Arts Institutes during the summer of 2024. The job of a teacher-leader is focused and yet diverse. See Teacher-leader job description:
  • 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.