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Take Wing Student in the News!

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

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/toksook-bay-teen-takes-his-yupik-singing-skills-online/29686258

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 mzlatos@akhf.org.

New Art Show

2015 Governor's Awards Nominations

The annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be held in Juneau on January 29, 2015. This event is presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. The selection of awardees is coordinated with the Office of the Governor. Alaskans statewide are invited to nominate individuals and organizations who have made noteworthy contributions to the arts and humanities. These awards are meant to honor significant achievements by Alaskan arts and humanities organizations, artists, writers, historians, scholars and others.

The categories for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts are: Arts Education, Native Arts, Arts Organization and Individual Artist. In addition, the Alaska State Council on the Arts’ Literary Advisory Committee will accept nominations for the State Writer Laureate, who will be appointed by the Governor to a two year term (2015-2016). The deadline for both is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The nomination guidelines and form can be found at:

http://fs6.formsite.com/shannondautalaskagov/form2/index.html

The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities will be held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Be sure to save the date!

Anchorage Centennial Community Grants Second Round Awardees Announced

The Alaska Humanities Forum and Anchorage Centennial Celebration on July 23 announced the awarding of $215,815 to 13 humanities projects in the second and final round of the Anchorage Centennial Community Grant program.

The program, created by a $500,000 grant from Rasmuson Foundation, supports community projects commemorating the first 100 years of Anchorage. Interest in the second round was high. The Alaska Humanities Forum received 59 grant applications totaling $1.7 million in requested funding.

Listed below are details on the awardees, identified by project title, name of the sponsoring organization or individual, grant amount, and a brief project description. The projects are listed alphabetically by title.

 

Project Title

Sponsoring Organization

Grant Award

Anchorage, the First 100 Years: A Theatrical Tour

A summer-long series of short plays bringing Anchorage history to life through the eyes of city’s former mayors.

Eccentric Theatre Company

$16,350

Arctic Entries Audio Project

A series of six one-hour radio shows drawing from the popular monthly Arctic Entries storytelling events.

Arctic Entries

$2,500

Bringing the World to Anchorage

A speaker series analyzing the economic drivers that fundamentally shaped Anchorage, including the military, the railroad, and the oil and gas industry.

Alaska World Affairs Council

$12,600

Centennial Arch Design

The design of a downtown Anchorage Centennial Arch commemorating Fur Rendezvous.

Greater Anchorage Inc.

$7,000

Charter Commission Digital Archives

A searchable online archive of the complete recordings of the 1975 Anchorage Charter Commission hearings, to be available through both the municipal and University of Alaska library systems.

Municipality of Anchorage

$10,000

The Cheechakos Project

An original orchestral score for the 1923 silent film The Cheechakos, which was filmed in Anchorage, and a performance of the score by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra at a public screening of The Cheechakos.

Anchorage Fine Arts Society

$29,000

Contemporary Cabin Design Challenge and Celebrating Anchorage’s Log Cabins

 

A contemporary cabin design contest, workshop series, and exhibition as well as a retrospective on cabins in Anchorage featuring cabin art commissioned by local artists.

Alaska Design Forum and Donald Ricker

$20,000

Flying Past: 100 Years of Anchorage Aviation

A monthly lecture series drawing from the artifacts, photos and films in the Alaska Aviation Museum archives.

Alaska Aviation Museum

$17,700

Girls Love Anchorage: Connecting Girls With Their Community

A program for girls of all ages to earn a “Girls Love Anchorage” patch by participating in hands-on centennial activities throughout Anchorage.

Girl Scouts of Alaska $23,000

Imagining Anchorage: Anchorage Centennial Symposium

A major public historical symposium at the Anchorage Museum.

Cook Inlet Historical Society

$36,000

In-Tent City

A free festival of 16 large white wall tents, reminiscent of Anchorage’s original “tent city,” each featuring a different aspect of the arts, crafts, foods and history of the city.

Trailer Arts Center

$16,665

Sponsorship of Historical Village Teams for the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship

An effort to revive the tradition of rural Alaska village dog teams competing in the Fur Rondy.

Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association

$10,000

Unpacking Our Cultural History Shirley Staten

$15,000

The Anchorage Centennial Community Grant second round selection committee members were:

Indra Arriaga, Artist, Green Bee Studios Co-Founder

Larry Baker, Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office

Judy Brady, Municipal Light and Power Commissioner

Ian Dutton, Rasmuson Foundation Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

David Holthouse, Alaska Humanities Forum Centennial Projects Manager

Nina Kemppel, Alaska Humanities Forum CEO

Liz Medicine Crow, First Alaskans Institute CEO

Bruce Merrell, Historian

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

 

Congratulations to all SEE participants on all your hard work as Cultural Ambassadors. We’ll post news of the Social Justice Film Festival as it becomes available.

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.

The graduation ceremony for Leadership Anchorage 17 took place on Tuesday, May 20 at Kincaid Park. Speakers included Sophie Minich, CEO of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), and professional storyteller Jack Dalton. Participants shared the results of their community projects and mentors provided congratulations to each graduate.

 

LA 17 graduates (l to r) Ella Tonuchuk, Rayette Sterling, and Diana Velez

Graduates received copper pins to recognize their accomplishment. The custom pins were given to fellow graduates by Stephanie Kesler and handcrafted by artist Drew Michael, also a graduate of the 17th cohort.

 

LA 17 Graduates:

Amanda Moser

Deputy Clerk Elections, Municipality of Anchorage

Anna Dalton

Program Associate, Alaska Community Foundation

Chellie Skoog

Independent Consultant, The Foraker Group

Dan Johnson

Account Manager, The Chariot Group

Diana Velez

Improvement Specialist, Southcentral Foundation

 

Drew Michael

Artist, Life Expressions

 

Ella Tonuchuk

Leadership Development Specialist, First Alaskans Institute

 

Emily Rohrabaugh

Advertising Executive, Alaska Dispatch

 

Josh Hemsath

Alaska Regional Development Organizer, The Pride Foundation

 

Kelly Donnelly

Development Officer, University of Alaska Anchorage

 

Monica Garcia-Itchoak

Director of Education and Public Programs, Anchorage Museum

 

Rayette Sterling

Adult Services Coordinator, Anchorage Public Library

 

Ross Johnston

Owner, Fine Point

 

Sarra Khlifi

Alaska Food Policy Council Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

 

Stephanie Kesler

Senior Technologist, GCI

 

Tiffany Hall

Philanthropy Officer, Providence Foundation

 

Tim Coe

Project Engineer, Swift/Conoco Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the LA Sponsors for another successful year!

                         

             

 

 

 

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 www.anchoragecentennial.org 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

272-5373

grants@akhf.org

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