Artists invited to apply for Rasmuson Foundation grants

Artists invited to apply for Rasmuson Foundation grants


The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Individual Artist Awards program. Alaska artists at all stages of their careers can apply for grants in 11 disciplines. The deadline is March 1.

The Individual Artist Awards consists of three opportunities: Project Awards, Fellowships and the Distinguished Artist award. Project Awards and Fellowships are grants of $7,500 and $18,000, respectively, that can be used to purchase needed equipment, explore techniques and undertake activities that aid in the artists’ development. Twenty-five Project Awards and 10 Fellowships are awarded annually. Artists must submit an application to be considered for these awards. The Distinguished Artist is a single, unrestricted grant of $40,000 given to an individual with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in Alaska. Distinguished Artist candidates are identified through a nomination process.

Project Awards are available in 11 artistic disciplines: choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, media arts, multidiscipline, music composition, new genre, performance art, presentation/interpretation and visual arts.

Fellowships rotate annually. For 2017, Fellowships will be awarded in choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks and performance art.

Launched in 2004, the Individual Artist Awards program has supported 408 artists in 52 communities across Alaska.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have lived in Alaska more than two years and not received an Individual Artist Award in 2015 or 2016. Artists are encouraged to apply online via Call (877) 366-2700 (toll free in Alaska) for more information.

There will be a workshop to provide an overview of the grant options and to answer application related questions. The one in Juneau will be from noon-1 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.


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