Harper Arts Touring Fund

Connecting Alaskans to arts experiences is an important goal of the Rasmuson Foundation. Named after two former Rasmuson Board Members, Sandy and the late Jerry Harper, the Harper Arts Touring Fund was established in 2002 to stimulate access to high quality arts experiences in rural and underserved communities throughout Alaska and to encourage tours of Alaska's performing and visual arts.

The Harper Arts Touring Fund provides grants to subsidize travel and freight expenses associated with the presentation of touring performers or arts/cultural exhibits in communities without regular access to these types of programs. Alaskan organizations representing the needs of these communities may apply.

The following two programs are currently available:


  • Exhibit Tour
    Arts presentations including but not limited to: folk and traditional arts, media arts, and visual art and historical exhibitions


  • Performing Arts Tour
    Arts presentations including but not limited to: theater, dance, opera/musical theater, music, performances for young audiences, literary readings/storytelling

How to Apply

Rasmuson Foundation transferred the administration of the Harper Arts Touring Fund to the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Application and deadline information can be found here.

Contact ASCA at 907-269-6682. The mailing address for ASCA is 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99508.