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Sister School 2014 Top Ambassadors

Congratulations to the four Sister School Exchange students nominated Top Ambassadors for the 2013-2014 school exchange year:


  1. Orlin Gologergen, Nome Beltz Middle, Nome
  2. Sam Hiratsuka, Mark Begich Middle, Anchorage
  3. Dustin Scoggins, Thorne Bay High, Thorne Bay
  4. Jennifer Travers, Floyd Dryden Middle, Juneau


Also in SSE news, at the end of the exchange this spring, our Sister School Exchange staff selected the top videos and created a 2014 Exchange film to submit as a short documentary to the Social Justice Film Festival. Accepted and awarded films will be notified September 1st, 2014. The follow teams are in the film:


Logan, Wasilla High Team

Timotheena, Akiuk Middle Team

Debra Abshier’s Begich Middle Team

Marc Jong’s Begich Middle Team

Yakutat Middle Team

Josh Yerkes Floyd Dryden Team

Lewis Angapak Middle Team


Forum Magazine On-line

The spring/summer issue of Forum magazine is now available free-of-charge online. This issue includes: “Diamonds From Wilderness,” a history of baseball in the Last Frontier, a posthumous profile of Alfred Skondovitch, Alaska’s lost master of abstract expressionism, the interactive print story “Paid In Kind,” part of an ongoing augmented reality project commemorating the upcoming Anchorage Centennial, and a variety of other coverage of humanities events and projects throughout the state.


To read the magazine online using the digital publishing platform Isssu, click here.


To download a PDF of the magazine, click here.

Leadership Anchorage Cohort 17 Graduates

LA 17, l to r: Front: Sarra Khlifi, Drew Michael, Chellie Skoog, Kitty Farnham (LA Program Director). Middle: Amanda Moser, Anna Dalton, Stephanie Kesler, Monica Garcia-Itchoak, Josh Hemsath, Kelly Donnelly, Tiffany Hall, Tim Coe, Ella Tonuchuk Back:  Ross Johnston, Rayette Sterling, Dan Johnson, Nina Kemppel (AKHF CEO), Emily Rohrabaugh, Diana Velez, Jack Dalton


The Alaska Humanities Forum is proud to announce that 17 emerging leaders have successfully completed Leadership Anchorage, Alaska’s premier civic engagement and leadership development program. This 17th cohort of the Leadership Anchorage program comprises a diverse cross-section of Alaskan professionals who have been on a steady journey of learning since January, connecting to the community through dialogue, debate, advocacy, inquiry, and civic projects.

New Art Show

Centennial Grants Round Two

The second round of Anchorage Centennial Community Grants is now open. There is a draft review deadline of May 15, and the final deadline is June 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Please remember to register your project or event with before completing your application.

You can log in to our online Grants application system here.

To download Anchorage Centennial Community Grants guidelines and application details, click here.

For questions or more information on Centennial Communty Grants contact:

Grants Office


Point Hope: 2,000 Years of Whaling Culture

This coming Friday, April 4, the Alaska Humanities Forum will host a First Friday opening reception for Point Hope: 2,000 Years of Whaling Culture, a new exhibition of images by renowned Alaskan photographer Clark James Mishler.


Arguably the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America, Point Hope has lived off the rich bounty of the land and sea for more than 2,000 years. In this remote Iñupiat community in northwest Alaska, the bowhead whale is at the center of the culture. The Qagruq Whaling Festival, featured among the images in this exhibition, celebrates the ancient traditions of the people of Point Hope. This three-day spiritual event of cooking, feasting, drumming, dancing, blanket toss and prayers honors the bounty of the bowhead whale. Captains who land their first whale cut up the skins of their boats and share large sections of the hides with elders who later fashion them into boots and other useful adornments. These traditions are rooted in the desire to stay connected to the Arctic Ocean and to perpetuate its bounty for future generations.


Alaska Humanities Forum 2014 General Grants Announced

The Alaska Humanities Forum has announced the recipients of its 2014 General Grants. The annual grants support projects in the humanities throughout the state of Alaska.

The forum awarded a total of $73,120 to 16 different projects.Below is a list of the 2014 grant projects in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the project director or sponsoring organization and the grant amount.

2014 Alaska Humanities Forum General Grant Awardees

High Country News Excerpts A City Under One Roof

The award-winning High Country News, a non-profit magazine and online news source covering the American West, recently published an excerpt of writing and photos from A City Under One Roof, an upcoming book about Whittier created by Forum grantee Jen Kinney.

The High Country News article, written by Kinney, is titled A city beyond the fog and under one roof: Photographs of isolation and community in Whittier, Alaska. It begins:

“The entrance to town is a 2.6-mile tunnel, a gaping maw in the mountainside. It bares its teeth
twice an hour, allowing cars in to Whittier or out, inhaling them on one side of the mountain
and exhaling on the other. At night it closes, leaving Whittier isolated from the rest of the
world until morning.”

Watch the 2014 Govenors Awards!

360 North has posted a webcast of the 2014 Governors Awards in Juneau this last week. Watch Governor Parnell as well as dancers and performers as they celebrate the Arts & Humanities awardees.

Alaskan Artist published book


Above: One of 181 photographs in I Am Alaskan (University of Chicago Press, 2013), a book of photography by renowned Iñupiat photographer Brian Adams ( published as a joint project of the Alaska Humanities Forum and University of Alaska Press.


I am Alaskan

By Brian Adams



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