The application deadline for Connie Boochever Artist Fellowships is Aug. 31.
The $2,500 fellowships, established to recognize and support Alaska’s emerging artists, are awarded every other year with specific disciplines funded in alternating years. The categories for 2013 are performing and literary arts; musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, playwrights and screenwriters, actors and directors, writers and poets are all eligible to apply.
Uses of the fellowship funds are very broad, however, funds must be spent on activities related to the fellow’s creative career.
Participation is limited to emerging artists living in Alaska who are at least 18 years of age and pursuing an art form on an ongoing basis. Full-time students and those enrolled in any art-related degree or certification program are not eligible.
Emerging artists are defined as the principal creators of new work who take risks and embrace challenges; have a developing voice that reveals significant potential; are rigorous in their approach to creation and production; have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
Connie Boochever was a performer, director, and producer of community theater and a lifelong patron and advocate of the arts. A member of the first Alaska State Arts Council, she served on the council both as a member and as chairperson for many years. A Juneau resident, she founded Juneau’s Community Theater and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Forum, and was a board member of Arts Alaska and the Alaska Repertory Theater. She also played a key role in advocating for passage of legislation mandating percent for Art in Public Places. The Connie Boochever Fellowship was established to honor and reflect the spirited passion of the arts, and to further the message she championed throughout her life: That the arts are important to the citizens of Alaska and worthy of significant support from individuals, businesses and corporations. Fellowships are awarded by the Connie Boochever Endowment through the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. The program is administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, by 9:59 p.m. Alaska time. Fellowship recipients will be notified by Oct. 15.
For more information, visit www.akarts.org/arts-programs/connie-boochever-artist-fellowships. Application forms can be found at Call for Entry, bit.ly/BoocheverFellow.