Recognitions

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Alaska State Council on the Arts recently awarded $545,674 in grants at their annual meeting, held June 15 and 16 in Sitka. Juneau organizations were awarded grants under the following categories:

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American and Alaskan

Masterpieces Grant

Alaska Arts Education Consortium, $7,500 the for an arts education classroom poster project portraying well known Alaskan artists.

Juneau Symphony, $10,000 for its "Celebrating Alaska" concert tour.

Biennial Operating

Support Grant

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, $11,000.

Juneau Jazz & Classics, $8,484.

Juneau Symphony, $8,763.

Community Arts

Development Grant

Juneau Lyric Opera Association, $500 for a production of Tosca.

Operating Support Grant

CrossSound, $7,420.

Workshop Grant

Juneau International Folkdancers, $800 for dance workshop.

Andiamo (dba Opera to Go), $4,700.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the Rasmuson Foundation.

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Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer can enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. A drawing from the names of kids who have participated will be held every Thursday.

The June 28 winners were: Willem Neyhart, gift certificate from the Friends of the Library's Amazing Bookstore; Paddy New, gift certificate from Alaska Fudge Company; Shea River Post, frozen yogurt from Udder Culture; Nina Carillo, one Domino's Pizza; Derek Oliver, two Mount Roberts Tramway rides; and Lydia Rail, gift certificate from Rainy Day Books.

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Owen Hutchinson, of Juneau, graduated from Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., on May 26, 2007, with a bachelor of arts degree.

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Tonya Puustinen, a 1997 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, graduated on May 11 with a nursing degree from Macon State College, in Macon, Ga. Puustinen is living and working as a registered nurse in Macon.

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Gabrielle Vance, of Juneau, was one of 14 Alaska Travel Industry Association scholarship winners. She received the Chuck West Memorial Scholarship.

Vance will use her $1,000 scholarship to attend Whitman College and pursue a physics/environmental studies degree. Throughout college, Vance intends to obtain backcountry skiing experience and one day own and operate her own heliskiing business in Southeast.

ATIA, which awarded $27,000 worth in scholarships to students pursuing careers in the visitor industry, is a statewide nonprofit trade association.

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Last year, the Juneau Boys & Girls Club applied for two grants in hopes of expanding a successful targeted re-entry initiative currently instated at the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage. The initiative focuses on developing partnerships between youth centers and Boys & Girls Clubs. In Juneau, Boys & Girls Clubs and Johnson Youth Center are working to developing their partnership.

Youth in JYC work with Jeff Malley, transition specialist and teen coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Juneau, whose goal is to assist JYC in ensuring a youth's successful re-entry into their home community. Malley, who instructs youth in focusing on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, resolving conflicts and developing leadership and employment skills, has become a local hero for many teens. Not only does he selflessly dedicate his time and energy, but he also strives to find each teen that enters the Club gainful employment.



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