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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.



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.

New Art Show

2015 Governor's Awards Announced

Governor's Awards 2015 Banner

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

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:

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


Arctic Entries Audio Project

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

Arctic Entries


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


Centennial Arch Design

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

Greater Anchorage Inc.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Unpacking Our Cultural History Shirley Staten


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


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