Applications closed March 1

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide individual 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.

  • 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

Workshops and tips

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 were 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.

How to apply

The application will be available online or by request from Jan. 15, 2020, until March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. To apply, follow the link on the top right corner of the page. For a paper application, call the number below. A document explaining the guidelines is available here. Paper applications must be postmarked by March 1 or delivered to the office by 5 p.m.


Please contact us direction if you have any questions at 907.297.2700.