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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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