“But everybody else is doing it.”
It’s rare the parents who haven’t heard that from their resident teenager. But it’s more than just a rite of passage in high school. Young peoples’ perceptions of what their peers are doing play a significant part in how they justify risky behaviors.
According to social norms theory, people’s behavior is strongly influenced by their perceptions of the attitudes and behaviors of their peers. In Alaska, most teens choose not to drink in a typical month. Most Alaska teens think they do.
The Alaska Wellness Coalition (AWC) is kicking off a media campaign today to reduce and prevent underage drinking among youth by providing Alaska teens with information about healthy norms. The campaign is informed by
In the entryway to the Elmer Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks is a massive mural painted by Rie. It depicts the missionaries of Alaska and contains the most wonderful representation of young Jenny Olson (later Rasmuson) arriving in Yakutat, Alaska, to begin her missionary work.
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson with a mural by Rie Munoz. Jenny Rasmuson is depicted in the lower left corner of this painting, which hangs in the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Some years ago, while searching (unsuccessfully) for a flattering photogragh of Jenny for a Foundation project, I remembered that image. (Many of the Rasmuson family’s historic photos were lost in the 1964 earthquake.) I reached Rie through her good friend, artist Diana Tillion, and asked her about the source material for her depiction of Jenny. I believe she said something like, “Are you kidding me? That was 20 years ago. I don’t have a clue.”
A few years later, I had the opportunity to meet Rie in Juneau. She had been selected to be the 2007 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist, the most significant artist award made annually by the Foundation. We hosted a reception for Rie at the Baranof in Juneau, her longtime hometown. I had the honor of standing with her many friends and family to see her recognized as an Alaska original, an Alaska treasure.
Her brilliantly colored paintings of Alaska life are iconic. I especially have always loved the paintings of regular people and their activities in rural Alaska where Rie spent part of her time over the years.
We have lost a wonderful part of Alaska life this week. Happy sailing, Rie Munoz. Thank you for bringing joy into Alaska lives through your unique talent and vision.
George Cannelos says: April 10th, 2015 at 7:06 am
Ira Perman says: April 10th, 2015 at 1:52 am
Tags: Arts and Culture Initiative
, Individual Artist Awards
, Rie Munoz
Midday on Friday, Pick.Click.Give. passed the $3 million mark in the amount of charitable donations pledged by Alaskans. This is exciting not just because were 24% higher in revenue than this time last year, but the number of Alaskans participating in the program had grown by 32%.
Alaskans should take pride in the fact that Pick.Click.Give. has one of the highest participation rates of any philanthropy campaign or “giving day” across the country. On an average day, more than six percent of filers are choosing to share a little with a nonprofit organization important to them.
Research shows that Alaska has risen from last place among all the states in charitable giving. The 30,078 individuals that participated in Pick.Click.Give. as of Friday are one big part of that movement.
There are about 38 hours left to file. If you haven’t already, please join those making Alaska a better place through charitable giving.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Maybe it’s the time of the year, but philanthropy is springing up all around.
Willie Hensley is featured in a spot from ACT.
The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) held a benefit Feb. 10 at the Governor’s Mansion. It was the first ACT event hosted by First Lady Donna Walker, honorary chair. Nearly 175 people attended the reception, which raised $51,500. ACT has launched a “Start Small. Dream Big.” campaign that focuses on the positive impact adults can have in children’s lives. In its February e-newsletter, ACT quotes Willie Hensley: “Words are very powerful and children are absorbing what you say all the time, so the right word at the right time could change a person’s life.”
The Pick.Click.Give. campaign is on track to break last year’s records in both number of participants and dollars raised for Alaska’s nonprofit sector. As of today, the campaign had raised $2.95 million. The number of donors has increased 33 percent from last year, and total giving is up by 25 percent. Alaskans have until midnight, March 31, to file for their dividend.
Most of us have heard the term junk science. In the same category, there’s bad data. At a five-day fellowship in data journalism, reporters from news organizations across the state learned to discern data quality, and how to use data accurately and effectively in their reporting on alcohol-related issues.
The training, Jan. 5-9 at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was sponsored and organized by the Alaska Press Club, with funding from the Recover Alaska Media Project Fund at the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF). Recover Alaska Media Project is a partnership of ACF, Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo and Rasmuson Foundation.
Leaders of nonprofits and tribal organizations in rural Alaska take note – there’s a new opportunity for you to refresh and recharge.
Rural Leader Getaway, an initiative of The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF), will award 10 round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines to anywhere the airline flies. Alaska Airlines donated the tickets. The online application and guidelines are here.
mary l jones says: March 12th, 2015 at 4:41 am
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
“In this bewildering world we have to decide what to believe and how to act on that. In principle that is what science is for.” So wrote Joel Achenbach in a Feb. 12 op-ed in the Washington Post. The same weekend, I happened to attend the annual American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference – one of the largest global gatherings of scientists, with some 10,000 participants.
The conference theme was Innovations, Information and Imaging. Science and technology are being transformed by new ways to collect and use information. Progress in all fields of science is increasingly driven by the ability to organize, visualize and analyze data. I was eager to see how new advances in visualization technologies is making complex science more accessible.
Brenda Moore Beyers says: February 28th, 2015 at 4:04 am
Tags: American Association for Advancement of Science
, Dr. Manu Prakash
, NASA Hyperwall
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
While the holiday season did give us a chance to catch our breath, November and December were fairly busy. The following is a sampling of recent activities and grantee news.
State Senator Anna MacKinnon and Chairman Ed debrief following a discussion about housing construction gridlock.
Board Chairman Ed Rasmuson, Alaska State Senate President Kevin Meyer and I co-hosted a discussion Dec. 18 with Anchorage legislators, bankers, housing developers, and Housing Anchorage partners to identify ways the Legislature can help relieve housing construction gridlock. They highlighted remedies the state could enact:
- preserve AHFC housing funding;
- clarify and make technical improvements to current law; and
- provide capital support for housing development infrastructure.
Board member Jeff Cook and I were among the 250 Alaskans invited to participate in the Governor’s Transition Team Conference. As a member of the infrastructure team, I introduced several key priorities of Housing Anchorage. From left: me, Cindy Roberts, Elsa Sargento and Susan Ruddy.
John Castles says: February 12th, 2015 at 6:47 am
Tags: 49 Alaska Writing Center
, A Dangerous Idea
, Alaska Community Foundation
, Alaska Humanities Forum Alaska 50th Anniversary Statehood Challenge
, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
, association of fundraising professionals
, BP/YWCA Women of Achievement
, Catholic Social Services
, Housing Anchorage
, Icicle Seafoods
, Juneau Community Foundation
, Karen Cowart
, Karen Griffith
, Katherine Gottlieb
, Lisa Aquino
, Morgan Grey
, North Pole Public Library
, Southcentral Foundation
, United Way of Anchorage Day of Caring
, Vernon Smith
, Youth Employment in Parks
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Mary Katzke is executive director of Affinityfilms, Inc., an Anchorage-based, nonprofit, social issues media production company. Her recent film, “Backing Out of Time,” tells the stories of five families caring for parents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In this guest post, she reflects on making the film and learning from those she met.
Guest post by Mary Katzke
Janet and her mom, from the documentary film “Backing Out of Time.”
In the months since our documentary “Backing Out of Time” was finished, I have been devoting time to “Book of Mom.” It includes my favorite photos and memories; basic information about where to find important papers; the names of friends I trust for big decisions; and a list of things that bring me joy and comfort – fresh orange juice, terrific coffee, chocolate, a room with a view and down comforters.
I hope my son never has cause to open “Book of Mom.” But I also know it will be a big help to him should I be among the one out of nine adults over 65 – actually, it’s one out of six women – who will develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Are you or anyone you know thinking about applying for a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award? Do you have questions about the process or want to talk a bit of strategy? Rasmuson Foundation will be hosting two informational webinars – one on January 27 starting at 6 p.m., the other on January 28 at noon. The sessions will last an hour and will include both a general program overview as well as time to answer questions.
Listen below to the webinar recorded on January 28:
During the past decade, Alaska artists have received $2.7 million in grants through the IAA Program. The Program recognizes the role artists play in bringing inspiration to their communities. Artists make us think and question. Artists excite and engage. As an artist in Alaska, we hope the IAA Program will help you to continue this tradition.
Please share this with your artist friends. For more information please visit rasmuson.org/IAA. We also have some resources on our YouTube channel. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Jeff Baird at (907) 297-2831.