An update from Diane Kaplan

For grantees, we recognize this challenging time may make it hard to meet grant objectives. Please reach out to us with information, ideas, concerns and suggestions.


The Virus

It feels like the whole world is turned upside down. We have never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes.


New videos explain artist awards — and secrets of success.

Every year, the Foundation honors 36 Alaska artists for outstanding creative work with an Individual Artist Award. The awards bring recognition, opportunities for professional development and money.

Artists who have received the awards, Foundation staff and art experts are featured in three new videos designed to help applicants through the process.


From the Desk of Diane: January 2020 report

We thought you might be interested in recent happenings in our world, including a listening session with African American leaders, workshops for artists and support for getting every Alaskan counted in the U.S. census. Let us know what you think and if  you'd like to hear more!                       — Diane Kaplan, president and CEO, Rasmuson Foundation


Remembering a great artist, Ron Senungetuk

We are mourning the loss this week of Iñupiaq carver and metalsmith Ron Senungetuk, who founded the Native Art Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was the Foundation's 2008 Distinguished Artist.

Press Releases

Applications now open for Individual Artist Awards

New this year: Groups and collaboratives can apply

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Demer, 907-334-0529

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). Applications will be accepted through March 2.

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.


The secret of Mel

A celebration of life for Mel Sather will be held on Wednesday, Dec.18, 2019, at 4 p.m., at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Those close to Mel or the Foundation are welcome to attend. Instead of flowers, consider supporting the next generations of broadcasters through a fund at The Alaska Community Foundation created in memory of Mel.

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