Applications are open until March 2.

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide artists living and working in Alaska the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully. It is our hope that these investments result in substantial contributions to Alaska’s culture, the vibrancy of our communities and to art itself.

New this year: In addition to individual artists, groups and collaboratives — two or more artists working together — for the first time will be eligible for Project Awards and Fellowships. A musical band, a dance company and a multimedia collective are some examples.

Award types:

  • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 of the artistic disciplines listed below in the Fellowships section.
  • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
    2020 Fellowships 2021 Fellowships
     Media Arts Choreography
    Multidiscipline Crafts
    Music Composition Folk and Traditional Arts
    New Genre Literary Arts/Scriptworks
    Presentation/Interpretation Performance Art
    Visual Arts

How to apply

The application will be available online or by request until March 2, 2020. To apply, follow the link on the top right corner of the page. Click here to download IAA 2020 Online Guidelines.  We encourage applicants to apply online but for individuals with slow internet connections, a paper application is an option. Download the paper application, with guidelines, here. Paper applications must be postmarked by March 2 or delivered to the office by 5 p.m. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 2. Please allow time for your application to upload. It’s best not to wait until the last minute to avoid an application jam.

Benefits of award

Award recipients receive a grant as well as professional development and promotion of their work. In 2020, professional development will be provided by the Anchorage Museum to focus on continued skill development in marketing, finances, creation of work samples and more. The Foundation promotes artists through social media, and stories on each artist in collaboration with the literary nonprofit 49 Writers.


Workshops to help artists with applications are happening in a number of Alaska communities. For those unable to attend a workshop in person, a webinar is set for Feb. 4. It will be recorded and shared on A workshop was held in early January in Anchorage.

Mat-Su Valley

When: Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palmer Museum of History and Art
723 S. Valley Way, Palmer
Details: Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments.
Register: Click here to RSVP.


When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: University of Alaska Bristol Bay Campus, Room 128/30
527 Seward Street, Dillingham
Details: Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Park in lower parking lot and sign in at the front desk. Light refreshments.
Register: Click here to RSVP.


When: Tuesday,  Feb.  4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
How: Click on the meeting link a few minutes before the workshop. If you haven’t used Zoom before, download the app ahead of time. You also can  join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 859-969-6635
Phone #: 646-558-8656


When: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Katirvik Cultural Center
504 Seppala Drive, Nome
Details: Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments.
Register: Click here to RSVP.


When: Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Iñupiat Heritage Center
5421 North Star Street, Utqiaġvik
Details: Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments.
: Click here to RSVP.

Tips and tools

The Foundation also is creating short videos with tips. They will be posted soon on this page and on social media.

The Foundation hosted a webinar and a workshop in February 2019 to walk artists through the application. Watch a recording of the webinar below. There were great questions toward the end, so stick with it. Very helpful tips!

Click here for a copy of the 2019 IAA workshop presentation, which is loaded with more tips that may be useful if you are unable to attend an application workshop or would like to review the presentation. Additional information can be found in blog posts tagged “IAA”,  this list of past awardees, and on the Rasmuson Foundation YouTube channel. “How to Write an Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable” is a helpful outside resource for getting started on your statement. For more arts funding opportunities visit the New York Foundation for the Arts. Also, you can learn a lot by reading profiles of artists who have received the award.


Please contact us directly if you have any questions at 907.297.2700 or