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JAHC scholarship and grant applications now available

Posted: March 22, 2012 - 12:05am

Applications for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s student scholarships, individual artist grants and other opportunities for artists are now available.

Applications for Fine Arts Scholarships, Advanced Arts Achievement Awards and Individual Artist Grants are due April 2 at 5 p.m. Applications for Major Grants, which are regranted by the JAHC through the City & Borough of Juneau’s arts funding, are due April 16 at 5 p.m.

Fine Arts Scholarships range from $100-$400 and may be used for tuition and travel to a performing or fine arts camp (including those outside of Alaska), private lessons, workshops or master classes; instrument rental, repair or purchase; or creative writing and fine arts materials, supplies or equipment. Students entering grade 7–12 in the next school year who have lived in Juneau for one year are eligible to apply.

Scholarship applicants may apply in one of several disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music, technical theater, and visual and graphic arts. Students will audition or be reviewed by a panel of judges on Sunday April 22 at the JACC (dance auditions will be at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studios), and the auditions are open to the public.

Advanced Arts Achievement Awards are awarded for up to $1000. Students graduating from high school, GED recipients, and students up to 25 years of age who have lived in Juneau for at least one year are eligible to apply. This scholarship award is specifically designed to help an exceptional young artist continue his or her artistic studies. All applicants will share their work through a 15 minute audition and/or interview with the adjudicators.

Individual Artist Grants are awarded to emerging and experienced artists of exceptional talent to produce original works of art or advance their careers. Grants are for up to $750. Artists in any creative discipline may apply, including: visual artists, creative writers, composers, choreographers, dancers, designers, musicians, actors, and other artists not falling within an artistic discipline listed above.

This program enables artists to set aside time to create or present works of art, conduct research, purchase materials, attend workshops or seminars, generally advance their artistic careers, or cover loss of artistic materials resulting from theft, fire or other emergencies or disasters.

Applicants will present their work to a panel of adjudicators in April, at a date to be announced.

Major Grants assist organizations whose primary purpose is to provide cultural opportunities to the community of Juneau, to offer opportunities that encourage creative expression, stimulate understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities, and to encourage community support of the arts and humanities. Local organizations that have been in existence for at least one year may apply.

Applications are adjudicated by an independent seven-member panel in late April or early May. The adjudications are open to the public. Note that the Council is seeking nominations for two members: Information about panel service and the nomination form are also on the Scholarships and Grants web page at jahc.org.

The JAHC is offering a work session on March 26 at 5:15 p.m. at the JACC to assist applicants in preparing their Major Grant applications.

The JAHC Board of Trustees reviews and approves the recommendations of each of the panels before making the awards.

For more information, visit jahc.org/scholarships-and-grants.

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