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: 12/09/2021 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Professional Development and Networking

  • Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists 

    On April 5-7, 2022, join a virtual event in support of teaching artists across the country. Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists will feature sessions that dig into the current realities and hopeful futures of teaching artistry. 

    This event is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Education and Hewlett Foundation and by planning support from the Teaching Artists Guild and Arts Education Partnership. For information about how to register for this event in early 2022, visit the Arts Education Partnership’s website at https://www.aep-arts.org/our-shared-future/ 

  • Springboard for the Arts Launches a Handbook for Artists Working in Community Springboard for the Arts is an organization whose mission is to support artists with the tools to make a living and a life, and to build just and equitable communities full of meaning, joy, and connection. Supported by a National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town Knowledge Building Grant, Springboard for the Arts has created a Handbook for Artists Working in Community: “This handbook is a practical manual for individual artists who would like to begin or deepen this kind of artistic practice – work in and work with community. The stories, tools, and wisdom shared here were gathered from creative practitioners who regularly do this work: Springboard staff Jun-Li Wang, Michele Anderson, and Peter Haakon Thompson, with artists and creative practitioners deeply rooted in community.” To learn more about the handbook, or to connect with Springboard for the Arts and download a copy of the handbook, visit the website at https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-working-in-community/.
  • Creative Capital | A Guide to Using Patreon: Artists and Writers on Using Membership Platforms With membership and crowdfunding platforms like Patreon and Kickstarter, creators have the opportunity to earn money to fuel their creative work directly from audiences. Now that these platforms are ten or more years old, how successful are they? At best, these membership platforms earn artists revenue as they develop their practice and make work, and help them maintain access to their audience and patrons. At worst, the platforms can hinder the actual creative process and bog down the artists with additional tasks. For this article, we surveyed a number of artists, performers, and writers with a range of experience with membership platforms, based in different disciplines, to get a better understanding of how they have or haven’t helped the creators build their practice and audience. To read the full article, visit the Creative Capital website at https://creative-capital.org/2021/08/12/a-guide-to-using-patreon-artists-and-writers-on-using-membership-platforms/ 
  • Center for Craft offers 2023 Curatorial Fellowship The Center for Craft is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of craft in the United States. Since 2005, the Center for Craft has led the support of craft theory, scholarship, and advanced practice through administering grantmaking programs, organizing symposiums, and holding Craft Think Tanks. The organization has changed the shape of the field through its work, establishing benchmarks of historical research and backing major curatorial initiatives, even as it enables emerging makers and curators to get a foothold.  In 2016, the Center announced the Curatorial Fellowship program. Awards of $5,000 will be granted to three emerging curators to advance and support their practice by providing a platform to explore new curatorial approaches to craft. Curatorial Fellows will fully develop and mount their proposed exhibition in the Center for Craft’s exhibition spaces, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Fellows will work closely with the Center for Craft program staff to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, as well as lead a curatorial talk for a Center for Craft program. In addition to financial support, Fellows will be provided a one year, individual membership to the Association of Art Museum Curators, as well as mentorship from leading curators in craft selected by the Center for Craft based on the curator’s interest or specialty. Goals of the fellowship are to recognize and affirm emerging curatorial talent; to provide professional development and networking opportunities for emerging craft curators; and to cultivate emerging ideas within the field of craft.  Deadline for application is February 14, 2022, with an application orientation on January 14, 2022. For complete information and application, visit the website at https://www.centerforcraft.org/grants-and-fellowships/curatorial-fellowship 

Calls for Art and Requests for Proposals

  • Homer Council on the Arts Announces 24th Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest Deadline for submission: December 10th, 2021 The Homer Council on the Arts has opened submission online for the 24th Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest. Contest Rules Include the following eligibility criteria:  
    • You must be a resident of the Kenai Peninsula. 
    • Employees of Homer Council on the Arts are ineligible. 
    • All entries must be original work and previously unpublished in newspaper, magazine, book, or curated online publications. 
    • Contestants may submit unlimited entries, but a single entry must not exceed the following word limits: 5000 words in the Adult/Open division and 1000 words in K-12 divisions (no minimum length). Submissions exceeding this word count will be disqualified. 

    For complete information, guidelines and submission, visit the website at https://www.homerart.org/writers-contest

  • Poetry Society of America | Anna Rabinowitz Prize The Anna Rabinowitz Prize is awarded to poets and their collaborators for venturesome, interdisciplinary work made in the previous year and combining poetry and any other art or discipline.Work that qualifies includes but is not limited to books that blend visual art and poetry, original performances of dance and poetry (or dance based on poetry ) and of music and poetry (including libretti based on poetry) as well as more eclectic collaborations involving poetry and technology, the sciences or math. The finished work should have been produced or published in 2021 but can involve or be based in part on work from any era. And all are welcome to apply singly if the work involving more than one discipline has been accomplished alone. Honorarium: $1,000 to be divided equally between or among the principals if not awarded to a single artist. The competition judge is Mónica de la Torre, and submission deadline is December 31, 2021. For more information, submission information, and to learn about Mónica de la Torre, visit the website at https://poetrysociety.org/awards/annual-awards/2022-anna-rabinowitz-award. While investigating the Anna Rabinowitz Prize, explore the Poetry Society of America Individual Awards, and Book Awards, also with deadlines for submission on December 31, 2021.  

 

  • The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction Nominations to open: February 1, 2022 The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction is an annual $25,000 cash prize given to a writer for a single work of imaginative fiction. This award is intended to recognize those writers Ursula spoke of in her 2014 National Book Awards speech—realists of a larger reality, who can imagine real grounds for hope and see alternatives to how we live now. The first prize will be awarded on October 21, 2022. October 21st was Ursula K. Le Guin’s birthday. The nomination process for the prize is open to all; readers, authors, booksellers, publishers, librarians and anyone else can nominate work they believe fits the following criteria: The Prize will be given to a writer whose work reflects the concepts and ideas that were central to Ursula’s own work, including but certainly not limited to: hope, equity, and freedom; non-violence and alternatives to conflict; and a holistic view of humanity’s place in the natural world.  To be eligible for the 2022 Prize, a book must also be: 
    • A book-length work of imaginative fiction written by a single author. 
    • Published in the U.S. in English or in translation to English. (In the case of a translated work winning the Prize, the cash prize will be equally divided between author and translator.) 
    • Published in 2022.  
    • A writer may receive the Prize only once. 

    The Prize also gives weight to those writers whose access to resources, due to race, gender, age, class or other factors, may be limited; who are working outside of institutional frameworks such as MFA programs; who live outside of cultural centers such as New York; and who have not yet been widely recognized for their work. 

    To learn more about the Ursula K. Le Guin prize for fiction and the Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust, or to sign up for email notifications, visit the website at https://www.ursulakleguin.com/prize 

  • Fairbanks Arts Association Opens Statewide Poetry Competition The 27th Statewide Poetry Contest is a celebration of poetry writing and literary artistry and invites participation from writers of all ages—elementary school and up. The contest aims to encourage, publicize, and reward the writing of high-quality poetry in Alaska. Erin Coughlin Hollowell will be the judge for the competition. Winners of the contest will receive monetary prizes as well as an invitation to share their poetry during a reading event in April. Entry Period: now through February 11, 2022; 11:59 AKST.  For complete information, entry details, and to learn about poet and writer Ering Coughlin Hollowell, visit the website at https://fairbanksarts.org/2021/11/17/2022-statewide-poetry-contest/
  • Kenai Art Center Accepting Applications for Exhibition on an ongoing basis The Kenai Art Center envisions a community filled with exciting and thought-provoking art where artists can achieve their fullest creative potential.  artists to submit applications at any time for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and curated exhibitions. Proposals are judged based on the quality of the artist’s past work, and by the quality of vision explained in the narrative for the proposed exhibition. For complete information and to submit a proposal, visit the website at https://kenaiartcenter.org/call-for-art/
  • Alaska State Museum | Cohort B for Preparing Alaska’s Cultural Organizations for Emergencies (PAC) August 25 – December 15, 2021 Earthquakes, 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 https://lam.alaska.gov/pacoinfo/about for complete information, eligibility and application.

  • 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 https://sealaska-heritage-store.myshopify.com/. If you are interested, contact Tammie Hanson at tammie.hanson@sealaska.com 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 https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/creative-opportunities/individual-artist-and-collaborative-visual-exhibitions/.

Artists Residencies

  • Elsewhere Studios Family Residency | Paonia, CO Thanks to the generous support of Sustainable Arts Foundation, Elsewhere Studios is happy to host our third family residency month in July of 2022. Accepted artists have the choice to bring their spouse/ partner and children or come on their own. They are provided with living and studio space, and are awarded a stipend of $1000 for a 10 day residency. The artist has the freedom to use the stipend for childcare, bills, travel / material costs, or for summer camp fees for children (there are several in Paonia.) Elsewhere staff can assist in connecting parent artists to childcare, summer camps, additional housing, etc.  Deadline for applications is December 17, 2021. Visit the website for more information and application. https://www.elsewherestudios.org/family-residencies 
  • Folger Shakespeare Library | Artist Research Fellowship The Folger Institute Artist Research Fellowship is open to artists working in all media whose work would benefit from significant primary research. This includes, but is not limited to, visual artists, writers, dramaturgs, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, and composers.  Please note that in 2022–2023, all Artist Research Fellowships will be non-residential. Awards are $3,500 for four weeks of work away from the Folger. All applications are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Folger’s online portal. Fellowships may be undertaken between July 2022 and June 2023. For complete information and the online application portal, visit the website at https://www.folger.edu/institute/artist-research-fellowship 
  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Residencies at Sea The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, located in Otis, OR, provides time and space for place-based reflection, inquiry and creation at the intersection of art and ecology. The Artist at Sea Residency provides the opportunity for a visual artist, writer or musician to spend 14 days on an oceanic research vessel interacting with a scientific team gathering data on the size structure and composition of zooplankton in marine food webs off of the Oregon and Washington coasts. Oregon State University received grant funding from the National Science Foundation to complete 4 oceanic research trips in 2022-2023. We are seeking applications from visual artists, writers and musicians to join the next research trip in February. Applicants whose work directly explores themes of ocean ecology and has the potential to help inform, engage and impact a wide audience in current environmental issues will be prioritized. For complete information and application, visit the website at https://www.sitkacenter.org/residency/apply-for-residency 

Employment Opportunities

  • Industrial Arts/Shop Teacher, Alaska, 2K Signing Bonus – Bering Strait School District is accepting applications for a CTE Teacher at the John Apangalook School in Gambell for the 2021-2022 school year. We are beginning to do interviews by video conference and other means. We are a standards-based and data-driven district, and require progressive, flexible teachers who are supportive of a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to instruction, and willing to implement related strategies.  https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=bffee536c9191143
  • Art Project Coordinator – The objective of this position is to provide oversight and management of specified Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) Art projects. This include, but is not limited to co-development and implementation of coordination of Sustainable Arts activities, Native Artist markets, arts residencies, workshops, mentor-apprenticeships focusing on endangered art forms, co-coordination and implementation of summer camps and professional trainings, support for Celebration events, implemented under direct supervision by the SHI Art Director. Independent judgement is required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workloads and to recommend changes in relation to program practices or procedures. https://jobs-sealaska.icims.com/jobs/2574/art-project-coordinator-%28shi%29/job
  • Graphic Artist and Marketing Strategist – Seeking a talented, energetic marketing specialist and designer to work on a variety of interesting projects (letterhead, book covers, fundraising ideas and fliers, emails, web design, fundraising, multifaceted campaigns and more). https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?cmp=Alaska-Correctional-Officers-Association&t=Graphic+Artist+Marketing+Strategist&jk=4aec6a1f3931df87
  • Camp K Creative Arts Core Counselor – The Creative Arts Core Counselor provides oversight to the Camp K Creative Arts Program, which entails developing and teaching creative arts, i.e. arts & crafts, drama, singing, music, acting, etc. This position will give you the opportunity to plan and implement age appropriate activities consistent with camper’s needs/abilities and promote, encourage, and demonstrate Kid Size Values of caring, striving and thriving. You’ll collaborate with program leadership to identify camp needs, develop/implement successful programming and take part in evaluation of those programs. You’ll have the chance to build and maintain positive relationships with campers, parents, visitors, camp staff, etc. while residing on the premises of Camp K in the Chugach National Forrest with everyday opportunities to be off the grid, experience wildlife, and take in the epic beauty right outside your cabin door! https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=c38348e234044c5c