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Rasmuson Foundation Announces $25,000 Matching Fund for AK Artists on Microphilanthropy Site USA Projects

The Rasmuson Foundation has announced a $25,000 matching fund on artist microphilanthropy site USA Projects that will be available to Alaska-based artists who have previously received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. This grant will benefit 10 of Alaska's most distinguished artists from across the state, who will receive $2,500 in matching funds for their projects.

The first microphilanthropy site dedicated exclusively to artists working in the United States, USA Projects is a unique online community where anyone can discover original projects from some of today's most innovative artists and make tax-deductible donations to support their work.  With a funding success rate of over 75%, USA Projects has helped accomplished artists from thirty states realize their creative projects with support from more than 7,000 unique donors-for a total of over $1 million raised in under a year since the site's launch. USA Projects is also the only microphilanthropy site that offers a matching fund program that gives any individual, group, organization, foundation, or corporation the ability to create a matching fund, specify their criteria, and automatically identify and apply funds to appropriate projects. Alaska-based musician John Luther Adams and filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean have both successfully funded ambitious projects on USA Projects.

USA Projects is an initiative of United States Artists (USA), a non-profit artist advocacy and grantmaking organization.  The Rasmuson Foundation has been a supporter of USA since its founding in 2005-providing seed funding for the organization and a $1 million contribution to USA's endowment in 2010. Since 2007, USA and Rasmuson have also collaborated to offer "Alaska AIR," a unique program that sends USA Fellows from the lower 49 states to do residencies at cultural institutions in Alaska. Host organizations have included The Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska Dance Theatre, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Native Arts Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the Bunnell Street Art Center and the Pratt Museum in Homer. Since 2006, nine artists from Alaska have been awarded $50,000 USA Fellowship grants: musician John Luther Adams, filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, artists Alvin Aningayou, Perry Eaton, Anna Brown Ehlers, Tommy Joseph, Teri Rofkar and Susie Silook, and writer John Haines.

The Rasmuson foundation provides support for artists at all stages of their careers-from emerging, to mid-career, to the most distinguished and accomplished artists in the state. Rasmuson Foundation has funded Individual Artist Awards for each of the past eight years. These awards have provided $1.7 million to 230 practicing Alaska artists as a long-term investment into the arts and culture of Alaska, the vibrancy of its communities, and to art itself.  The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

To check out currently funding artist projects on USA Projects, click here.

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