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Leadership Anchorage Forms First Official Alumni Council

By Lillian Maassen

Leadership Anchorage is a seven-month program for established and emerging leaders of all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Selected participants engage in group seminars, community projects, mentorships, readings and personal reflection with the goal of fostering leadership skills in themselves and in one another. After 18 consecutive years of producing graduates inspired with confidence, purpose, and deeper commitment to making an impact in their communities, Leadership Anchorage has recently formed its first official Alumni Council.

“People always ask me, ‘Do you ever actually use what you learned in Leadership Anchorage?’” muses Chellie Skoog, who recently stepped up as Alumni Council Chair. “I tell them, ‘I use it every day. You come out of the program a different person than you were when you went in.’”

Sister School Exchange Program Creates New Student-Driven Curriculum

A conversation with Deb Abshier

The Sister School Exchange program has spent 15 years bringing together young urban and rural Alaskans and fostering cross-cultural communication. During the program, a teacher and five students from a rural community are matched with a teacher and five students from urban Alaska to work through a 6-8 week curriculum on cross-cultural understanding, culminating in a two-way exchange during which each group spends a week living in the other’s community. In an effort to meet the needs of the participating teachers and students, a team composed of teachers and Alaska Humanities Forum staff is currently working to create a new program curriculum, set for release in October. One team member, Ms. Deb Abshier, has been teaching Spanish at Begich Middle School for eight years and participated in six SSE exchanges, and believes that it is the most impactful program she has ever done with her students. Last week, Ms. Abshier agreed to speak with Alaska Humanities Forum intern Lillian Maassen about the program, the new curriculum, and the innovation behind it all.

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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

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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.


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