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Alaska Artists Invited to Apply for Grant Funding

New discipline opens opportunities for more performing artists

Anchorage - Today Rasmuson Foundation announced that Alaska artists are invited to apply for Individual Artist Awards to support the activities and experiences necessary to nurture and foster their creative work. Artists who are currently producing or performing work, are at least 18, and who have lived in Alaska for at least two years are eligible to apply. More information including the full guidelines are available here.

New this year are enhancements that will make submitting an application simpler, and expand eligibility to artists who perform existing works.

First, starting January 17, artists will be able to apply online at www.rasmuson.org. Applications made online must be filed by 11:59 p.m. on March 1. Paper applications will still be accepted, and the postmark deadline is March 1.

And second, Presentation/Interpretation has been added as an eligible artistic discipline for artists who make use of existing work for the purpose of presentation or performance. This expands eligibility to dancers, actors, musicians, vocalists and others who are primarily performing artists.

"The Individual Artist Awards launched in 2004 with the goal of bolstering within our state a more legitimate economy for practicing artists," said Jayson Smart, Rasmuson Foundation program officer. "And this year, we are allowing artists who primarily interpret and present the work of others to apply for support in recognition of their contribution to the cultural opportunities we enjoy in Alaska."

Teleconferences will provide more information

Three teleconferences have been scheduled for artists interested in learning more about the Foundation's Individual Artist Awards.

The teleconferences will be organized by artistic discipline:

· Jan. 18, 2011 (6 - 7 p.m.):

Literary Arts, Scriptworks and Music Composition

· Jan 19, 2011 (6 - 7 p.m.):

Performance Art, Multi-Discipline, Choreography, Media Arts, Presentation/Interpretation

· Jan 20, 2011 (6 - 7 p.m.):

Visual Arts, Crafts, Folk/Traditional

The teleconference coordinates will be the same on each night:

Number: 1 (877) 615-4339

Passcode: 6117 516#

Three grant programs available

Project Awards of up to $5,000 support short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of their work. Examples might include travel and fees associated with workshops and other advanced study opportunities; professional documentation of an artist's work for submission to juried shows or galleries; and costs associated with the creation/installation of work that is scheduled for public viewing.

Fellowships, which are open only to mid-career and mature artists, are unrestricted $12,000 awards. In 2011, only artists working in choreography, folk/traditional arts, crafts, literary arts/scriptworks or performance art eligible to apply for a Fellowship. Fellowships support activities that contribute to an artist's creative work such as workshops; residencies; training; projects; collaborations; experimentation in other arts fields; costs of equipment, materials, studio space; travel expenses; and retreats.

One Distinguished Artist is selected annually with a $25,000 unrestricted award in recognition of creative excellence and superior accomplishments in the arts. The award recognizes the artist's creative output and contributions to the state of Alaska. Only mature artists are eligible for the Distinguished Artist award, and artists in every discipline can apply or be nominated.

In addition to general information, guidelines and application materials, the Rasmuson Foundation website allows users to search for past Individual Artist Awards to view recipients and some details of their projects at www.rasmuson.org.

About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband "E.A." Rasmuson. Through grant making and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

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