For over 40 years, the Forum has invested in Alaska cultural, civic, and historic organizations, artists, writers, historians, filmmakers, and community conveners. This funding fuels creative projects that share and preserve the stories of people across the state and explore what it means to be Alaskan. The Forum’s annual grants support innovative, independent projects that engage, inform, and connect people across Alaska through the humanities.
Grants & Special Projects Manager
COMMUNITY-ENGAGED MEDIA GRANTS (new for 2022)
This year, we are launching a new grant program to fund community-engaged media projects in Alaska. Alongside this launch, we are working to restructure our grantmaking program in alignment with the recommended practices of the Equitable Grantmaking Continuum developed by NonprofitAF.com and RVCSeattle.org.
Since 2019, the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Community | Media | Possibility initiative has been hosting programming designed to reimagine the relationship between media-makers and communities in Alaska. Between fall 2020 and spring 2021, the Forum organized a range of programming focused on the question: what’s possible when community and media connect?
Inspired by recommendations and learnings from that programming, the Forum is launching the Community-Engaged Media Grant, a cohort-based grant program to support projects that bring community stakeholders and journalists/media makers together to tell stories that reflect and serve lived experience across Alaska.
Learn more and apply on our Community Engaged Media Grants page!
SHARP Operational Grants
Now closed. See who was awarded a SHARP Grant!
As Alaska’s state humanities council, the Alaska Humanities Forum is honored to distribute and administer funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as a means of Supporting the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP).
Funding was made available in an effort to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from COVID-19. The Forum will manage Alaska’s share of the funds directed to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to assist affected cultural nonprofit institutions and organizations across our state. Applicants must clearly demonstrate that their initiative is undertaken to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.
In October 2022, the Alaska Humanities Forum awarded $50,000 in grants to 5 media/community partnerships.
Áak'w K̲wáan Coalition Council: Haa Shagoon At.óowu Teen Anal’eix: Dance With Our Ancestors' Regalia
This project will photograph Indigenous artists in their element sharing their connection to their ancestors through their various mediums. How each artist dances with their ancestors' regalia when they share their histoires, stories, and perspectives through art.
Alaska Public Media (Annie Feidt & Tegan Hanlon)/Young Kim & Victoria Petersen
Anchorage journalists Victoria Petersen and Young Kim, in partnership with Alaska Public Media, will explore stories of labor, culture, community and more through the lens of food. The multimedia project will focus on the city’s food system, particularly in Anchorage’s underreported and underrepresented communities.
Alaskan Films/Alaska Children's Trust: Sharing Alaskans' Experiences with Child Abuse and Neglect
In partnership with an advisory group of those with lived experience of child abuse and neglect, our project will work to provide a safe way to break the silence on child abuse and neglect in Alaska. Child abuse and neglect is a taboo subject, and the silence surrounding it can prevent individuals, families, and communities from healing. Storytelling provides a pathway for us to process past events while simulatenously shining a light on our lived experience for others. The benefits of storytelling are twofold, a potential for healing and building community for those who have experienced child abuse and neglect, and a chance to reduce stigma and increase awareness to lead to prevention for Alaska's children. Learn more about the project or get involved: https://www.alaskachildrenstrust.org/lived-experience
See Stories/Sound Artist Kaitlin Armstrong: Unsettling Alaska
Unsettling Alaska is a documentary podcast series about the myths that shape how Alaskans view our history and ourselves. Afro-Indigenous activist Amber Starks says that “behind every settler project is a settler myth.” This eight-episode sound-rich documentary series will revisit key moments of Alaska’s history - such as the gold rush, Russian colonization, the development of the commercial fishing industry, Alaska’s civil rights movement, and the oil boom - examining how these periods are popularly remembered and misremembered, and upturning the ways in which Alaska’s history is often told in the shape of settler myths. Each episode will feature interviews with experts and everyday Alaskans of diverse backgrounds, exploring the intersections of Alaskan identity and Alaska’s history. See Stories will collaborate with educators to create a curriculum that adapts the podcast and the themes it raises for use in social studies and Alaska Studies classrooms.
SouthWest Alaska Arts Group/Katie Basile Photography
This project will explore how culture and identity are expressed through artistic creation. We are excited to learn about traditional art forms that have been passed on through intergenerational knowledge, as well as how art practices may (or may not) have transformed with influences from: individual perspective, modern adaptations/tools, or blending of contemporary ideas with ways-of-being from old.
In September 2021, the Alaska Humanities Forum awarded $482,500 in grants to Alaska organizations through the Supporting the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program. Through SHARP, the NEH provided funding opportunities to rapidly distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funding to cultural organizations and educational institutions adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Alaska Aviation Museum
Alaska Historical Society
Alaska Jewish Campus
Alaska Jewish Museum
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Veterans Museum
Alaska World Affairs Council
Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF)
Athabascan Fiddlers Association
Bethel Council on the Arts
Bristol Bay Historical Society
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Clausen Memorial Museum
Denali Arts Council
Denali Education Center
Fairbanks Children's Museum
First Alaskans Institute
The Folk School
Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers
Homer Council on the Arts
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
Juneau Community Foundation
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
Kodiak Historical Society
Kodiak Maritime Museum
KTOO Public Media
KUAC Friends Group
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
Museum of the Aleutians Association Inc.
NATIVE Program Inc.
Pioneer Air Museum
Qizhjeh Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc
Sitka Historical Society & Museum
Spirit of Youth
Story Works Alaska
Talkeetna Historical Society
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Valdez Museum & Historical Archive Association, Inc.
Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
Past grant projects funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum have represented a wide range of perspectives, media, genres, and stories from across the state. The gallery below contains a selection of past projects.
The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
August 4, 2022 • Megan Cacciola
July 10, 2022 • George Martinez
April 25, 2022 • George Martinez