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Arctic Art Contest! Deadline Extended- enter now!

Alaskan artists age 18-25 are invited to participate in the Alaska preliminary round of the 2015 Arctic Council Youth Art Contest. 


The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts  and the Alaska Federation of Natives are working together to facilitate a statewide contest to choose three (3) artworks for entry in the international competition. Deadline for submission is February 28.


The contest’s theme is “Development for the People of the North,” in celebration of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship (2013-2015). Winners of the final contest will be announced April 24 at the Arctic Council’s Ministerial showcase event taking place in Ottawa, Canada. There are prizes for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, and they will be exhibited in Canada.


Canada’s areas of focus during their chairmanship have been: responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.



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Take Wing Alaska Student Wins Spirt of Youth Award

Take Wing Student, Byron Nicholai, won a Spirit of Youth Award for this year.  He will be honored on March 28th at the awards ceremony where he will also perform. 

See the full list of winners here:

See his original new story here:

Bryon has traveled back to Anchorage to perform and most recently to Seattle to perform his songs.

Invitation to Alaska Dialogue: On Governance

Alaska Dialogue: On Governance

8am to 5pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015
Egan Room, Centennial Hall, Juneau 

Alaska Dialogue


The Institute of the North, in collaboration with the Alaska Humanities Forum and UAF’s Northern Leadership Center, is pleased to introduce a reformatted Alaska Dialogue process – quarterly day-long events focused on a variety of themes, in different locations around Alaska. The first of these will take place in Juneau, on the topic of Governance.
The session is designed to have both a learning element and an opportunity for dialogue, with expected participation from aspiring and established civic and political leaders. Topics that will be covered include:

  • The Alaska Constitution
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive and Legislative Branches
  • Function of Regulatory Framework and State Agencies
  • Capacity and Capabilities of Local Government
  • Policy and Budget Development
  • Expectations of and as Elected Officials

We hope you'll join us for this special opportunity. Space is limited to 60 participants. Registration of $75 includes Dialogue materials and meals. Register to attend HERE.
We encourage participants from outside Juneau to come early to enjoy an active Legislative process.

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2015 Governor's Awards Announced

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Once a year, a select few Alaska citizens and organizations that exemplify great art and devotion to the humanities are recognized for enriching the culture of the state.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum are pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. In addition to the four Arts awardees and the four Humanities awardees, the Alaska State Council on the Arts is also pleased to announce that Frank Soos of Fairbanks will be the 2014-2016 Alaska State Writer Laureate.

The annual awards ceremony are co-presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in coordination with the Office of the Governor. The event will be presented the evening of Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, featuring performances by Alaskan artists.

The 2015 awardees are:

Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Arts Education Award: Leslie Matz, Fine Arts Department Chair, Dimond High School, Anchorage

Individual Artist: Margo Klass, Visual Artist, Fairbanks

Arts Organization: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka

Alaska Native Arts: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau

Governor’s Awards for the Humanities

• Dr. Talis Colberg, Campus Director, University of Alaska Mat-Su College, Palmer

• Annette Evans Smith, President and CEO, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

• Dr. Aldona Jonaitis, Director, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks

• Allison Warden, Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder/Artistic Director at Uyalunaq, Anchorage

Alaska State Writer Laureate

Frank Soos, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Tickets are now on sale!

2015 Governor’s Awards VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony tickets can be purchased at: Enjoy a special opportunity to meet this year’s awardees at the VIP Reception at the KTOO studios @360, then move to the Governor’s Awards ceremony across the street at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Ticket price includes admission to the VIP reception and admission to the public reception and awards ceremony.

2015 Governor’s Awards Public Reception and Awards Ceremony tickets can be purchased at:

Take Wing Student in the News!

Take Wing Alaska Cohort 4 student, Nicholai, was interviewed by KTUU, check out his story:

Nicholai also has a facebook page "I Sing. You Dance." where he posts his Yup’ik songs.

2015 Humanities General Grants Application Open

The Alaska Humanities Forum is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 General Humanities Grants application. The Forum’s mission is to use the humanities to tell stories and impact the lives of all Alaskans. We fund projects that help realize that mission.

Once a year, the Forum awards General Humanities Grants up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations across Alaska to support projects that explore Alaskan themes through the lens of the humanities. We are particularly interested in projects that bring together diverse groups of Alaskans and reflect collaboration between organizations within a community.

To support prospective applicants, we have updated the grants information on our website and provided new 2015 Grants Information & Guidelines as well as a new Frequently Asked Questions document for applicants.

Previous grant applicants will note a few changes to our application:

  • Lower character limits to encourage clear and concise answers
  • New questions about goals, target audience, and project legacy
  • A revised budget and cost-share form

Applications  must be submitted by January 9th, 2015. Applications received by December 1st, 2014 will receive a draft review and feedback by the Grants Office.

If you have questions, please contact Megan Zlatos at (907)272-5313 or

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