Application open January 15 – March 1: Apply Now

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.
    2019 Fellowships 2020 Fellowships
    Choreography Media Arts
    Crafts Multidiscipline
    Folk and Traditional Arts Music Composition
    Literary Arts/Scriptworks New Genre
    Performance Art Presentation/Interpretation
     Visual Arts

The Foundation in the past hosted a series of application workshops around the state. You can watch a recording of the webinar below. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The above video is a recording of the 2018 application webinar. The 2018 IAA Presentation (pdf) 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.

How to Apply

The application will be available online or by request from Jan. 15, 2019, until March 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. To apply, follow the link on the top right corner of the page. For a paper application, call or email the Program Officer listed in the sidebar. 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.