Videos, workshop presentations and handouts explain the program.

We prepared this toolkit to help artists through the process of applying for an award. Artists can learn how to write an artist statement, prepare a resume, document their work and much more. 

In addition, we will be hosting webinars and informational meetings in 2021 to help artists apply. Stay tuned for dates.

More of a visual learner? Scroll down to watch videos that can help. Three videos feature Alaska artists who have received awards, art experts and Foundation staff explaining the program and suggesting a path to success. 

A few basics

2021 Workshop

A statewide online, hands-on workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 28, to help artists craft an application for this competitive award. It will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an overview the first hour and activities in the second part to help with artist statements, resumes and more. Click here to register:

In addition, a series of informational meetings will be held. All be virtual. Check back for additional links, dates and times. 

How-to videos with artists, art experts and staff

Video 1: What are the Individual Artist Awards? Learn the different types of awards and why it is important to apply early. Just going through the process can make you a better artist!


Video 2: What’s in 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 / Clay and Laura Butcher

Application explained step by step

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.

2020 webinar: The Foundation hosted a webinar in February 2020 to walk artists through the application, using the presentation featured above. There was a technical glitch that kept the sound from playing in the middle but the sound comes back on around 1:10:10. There were great questions toward the end, so stick with it. Very helpful tips!

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

Artists+U+New+Core+Principles: Discouraged or frustrated? This can help you reframe your thinking and ready yourself for success in the arts.

Toolkits, resources, organizations, funders and partners for artists: Here is a must-have inventory of services and organizations set up to help artists.

Alaska local arts councils: Feeling stuck? Reach out to your local arts council. They are listed here.

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


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