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Announcing the 2015 Humanities Grant Recipients

The Alaska Humanities Forum has announced the recipients of its 2015 General Grants. The annual grants support projects in the humanities throughout the state of Alaska.

The forum awarded a total of $98,069 to 16 different projects. Below is a list of the 2015 grant projects in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the project director or sponsoring organization and the grant amount.


2015 Alaska Humanities Forum General Grant Awardees

A Better World for All: Movers and Shakers in the Early Jewish Communities of Alaska, Alaska Jewish Museum - $7,000

An exhibit telling the stories of five Jewish individuals instrumental in establishing Alaska’s commercial, social, cultural and political structures: Zachary Loussac, Leopold David, David Green, Jacob Gottstein, and Ike Koslosky.


Attla: The Making of a Champion, Catharine Axley - $2,000

A new documentary film centered around the relationship between Attla and a 20-year-old Alaska Native Huslian whom he trained to compete in the 2015 Iditarod.


I am Inuit: A project to highlight the human dimension of the Arctic, Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska - $5,000

A book documenting Inuit life, culture and society in sixteen villages through the use of photos and short stories.


Kanatak Documentary Film, Anna Hoover - $8,000

Film documentation of the last remaining descendants of a once thriving hub that no longer exists.


Kotzebue Communities of Memory Project Jukebox, University of Alaska Fairbanks - $9,995

Oral histories from Kotzebue and area residents who served their country in various global conflicts including the Korean and Vietnam Wars.


Living with Loss: Dialogues for Community and the End of Isolation in Sitka, AK, Braveheart Volunteers - $4,500

A 6-dialogue series and public exhibit that invites community members, young people, and elders to discuss isolation, loss, and grief in Sitka.


Northern Voices on Homelessness, University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Anthropology - $2,434

A public discussion on current and future solutions to homelessness in the North.


Oral History of the Bench and Bar, Alaska Bar Association History Committee - $4,400

Oral histories of Alaska’s judges and prominent lawyers.


Our Sustenance Life, LaRece Egli - $6,400

A multimedia website exploring the rich social connections and environmental factors that fuel food and subsistence culture in Bristol Bay.


Poems in Place, Alaska Center for the Book - $5,000

Public poem installations in state parks in Seward and Kodiak.


Resurgence: Alaska Native Drum Traditions-A Special Documentary Presentation of Earthsongs, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation - $3,500

A documentary radio program highlighting Alaska Native drumming traditions, particularly Iñupiaq drumming.


Supporting and Sharing Youth Stories, Story Works Alaska - $9,500

Free online storytelling curriculum for middle and high school students and a multi-school storytelling event in the style of Arctic Entries.


Talkeetna Community Questing, Northern Susitna Institute - $2,000

The creation of curated “questing” experiences that provide a hands-on connection with Talkeetna’s natural and cultural heritage.


The Lives of Our Elders, Southwest Region Schools - $10,000

Oral histories of New Stuyahok elders for use in the Yup’ik studies curriculum.


The People's Tree, Alaska Geographic - $8,740

As part of the Capitol Christmas Tree 2015, Alaskans statewide will make ornaments exploring and expressing their connection to landscape and cultural heritage.


Yup’ik Storyknife Tales, Agnes Lewis David - $9,600

The compilation and publication of several traditional oral Yup’ik tales illustrated by story knife symbols.

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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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