Can she do it? Can we do it together? Alaska author Andromeda Romano-Lax is raising funds to research her next novel. We're all in for her new work that explores 1920s psychology, the rise of the parenting advice industry, and the controversial individuals who made history. Will you join us for this and other Alaska projects now on the USA Projects site? Learn more in today's post.

If you connect with Rasmuson Foundation through this blog, our social networks, or in person, you are undoubtedly aware of our strong support for the arts and artists. We talk about it a lot. We write about it a lot. We try to promote awareness of the importance of artists — a lot.

We believe that our artists make our state richer in every way. So in keeping with that belief, it was a natural partnership between the Foundation and United States Artists that opened the door for our Individual Artist Award grantees to post work on USA Projects.

USA Projects is an on-line community where arts supporters can help fund artists’ projects with tax-deductible donations. And other partners, like Rasmuson Foundation, can join in with match funds. In fact, the Foundation has $25,000 in 1:1 matching dollars available to support our grantees’ projects.

A project we are supporting right now is author Andromeda Romano-Lax’s research for her next novel based on the life of Rosalie Rayner, the second wife of behaviorism’s controversial founder John Watson. Andromeda, who has received two IAA awards, posted this video about her project.

Andromeda is attempting to raise $5,500 by August 1. Rasmuson Foundation will pitch in $2,750 if folks like you will collectively do the same. A particularly interesting perk she’s offering to donors is a lecture based on her research about 1920s psychology and the rise of the parenting advice industry. You can support her project here.

Haines puppeteer and 2009 IAA winner Byrne Power is raising funds for a film project that explores European puppet theatres to reveal this art form’s connections to frenetic 21st Century life. Learn more about his project here.

Another Alaska artist with an active Project on the site is author and performer Brian Hutton. He is seeking support for a Lower 48 tour of an original theater production. Learn more here.

We’ll post updates on Facebook and Twitter as other Alaska artists become eligible for matching support from the Foundation. We hope you join us in supporting these artists. It will mean, well, a lot.