Applications will open Dec. 15, 2020.

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 in 2020: 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.

Scroll down for new videos designed to help artists apply.

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  

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.


We hosted a series of hands-on workshops in 2020 to help artists craft an application for this competitive award. They took place in Anchorage, Palmer, Dillingham, Bethel, Nome and Utqiaġvik as well as online.

Toolkit for artists

2020 webinar

The Foundation hosted a webinar in February 2020 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!


New videos explain the program and secrets of success.

Artists who have received the awards, Foundation staff and art experts are featured in three new videos designed to help applicants through the process. The jam-packed instructional videos describe the program, explain how to apply and offer tips for success. One tip from Video 1: Just going through the process can make you a better artist!

Video 1: What are the Individual Artist Awards?
Learn about the levels of award, the variety of artistic disciplines available, and why it is important to apply early.


Video 2: What are the elements of an application?
Requirements including an artist statement, a resume and work samples are explained.


Video 3: Hot tips
Artists and Rasmuson Foundation staff provide specific guidance including that it is OK to ask for help.

Videos by C+L Creative, an ad agency run by Clay and Laura Butcher

2020 IAA workshop presentation

Here is where you will find a copy of the presentation shared with artists who attended workshops in 2020. It 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.

Artist statement

How to Write an Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable” is a helpful outside resource for getting started on your statement.

Learn from past recipients.

These profiles of artists who have received the award come through a partnership with the literary nonprofit, 49 Writers. Not only are the stories great reads, they provide rare insight into the type of art created by award recipients.

More help

Additional information can be found in blog posts tagged “IAA”,  this list of past awardees, and on the Rasmuson Foundation YouTube channel.

For more arts funding opportunities visit the New York Foundation for the Arts.


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