Venture for Alaska's Youth
In 2008, the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), which sits within the Department of Education and Early Development, conducted a survey of arts education in Alaska's Schools. This survey resulted in the report On Thin Ice, and provided a baseline understanding of how arts education was included as part of a high quality, comprehensive education in our state. In the spring of 2014, ASCA repeated this research, resulting in our newest publication, Venture for Alaska's Youth.

The data shows that we have made some gains in access to arts education for some Alaskan students. We are no longer on thin ice; rather, we are beginning a new venture to provide our youth with an arts-rich education that will equip them with the creative and innovative thinking required to succeed in the 21st century workforce.

The On Thin Ice report prompted ASCA to strategize how we might better support districts, school leaders, teachers and communities in closing the opportunity gap for students in their access to arts education: we developed the New Visions Initiative, now in its sixth year with five districts involved, and we made targeted efforts to support arts curriculum development and professional development for teachers and teaching artists.

ASCA is currently engaged in strategic planning that will guide our work for the next five years. The data from this most recent survey and the reported recommendations will inform our path forward with arts education, as we work to close the opportunity gap for students in Alaska. We welcome your feedback on this research--including the ways we can support community efforts in the education of Alaska's students as it will help us strengthen our strategic vision of this venture for Alaska's youth. Please do not hesitate to contact ASCA at (907) 269-6610 to share your thoughts, ideas and comments.

Rasmuson FoundationEmcArts, the Foraker Group, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts are pleased to launch a new program for and with Alaska’s arts and cultural organizations, New Pathways | Alaska.

The New Pathways partners are happy to announce that 10 Alaskan arts organizations have been selected to participate in the first cohort for the program. Congratulations to the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Concert Association and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in Anchorage; the Alutiiq Museum and the Kodiak Arts Council in Kodiak; the Island Institute in Sitka; the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council in Ketchikan; Perseverance Theatre in Juneau; and the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines. Click Here for more information about the program and these organizations, and to read the full press release.

A second group of organizations will be selected for a 2015 cohort, with applications opening in mid-2015. Application instructions and more in-depth program information are available here.

This mini-doc was created during Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence by Filmmaker-in-Residence, Patrick Race.

All shooting and editing took place within a window of 50 hours and was the artist's intent to capture and share the spirit of the event.

RON SENUNGETUK from Asia Freeman on Vimeo.
This video about Ron Senungetuk, created for the Alaska State Council on the Arts by Alaskan artist Michael Walsh, highlights the life and work of the 2014 Governor's Awardee for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts & Humanities.

Our Mission

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.


March 1

  • FY 17 Operating Support Grant Deadlines
  • Quarterly Grants are closed for FY16

March 15

  • Rasmuson Arts Educator Fellowship deadline

April 15

  • Artist in Schools Round One Grant deadline
  • State Teaching Artist Roster Application deadline

June 1

  • ASCA Quarterly, Walker Arts and Rasmuson Cultural Collaborations Grant deadline

Rolling Deadlines

  • Cultural Collaborations Arts Excursion and Access Grants
  • FY16 Harper Arts Presenting and Touring Fund Grants


March 15

  • Poetry Out Loud Statewide Competition, Juneau

March 18

  • ASCA Teleconference (3rd Friday of March), noon

May 2-4

  • Poetry Out Loud National Competition, Washington DC

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Alaska State Council on the Arts

161 Klevin Street, Suite 102 • Anchorage, AK 99508-1506
Telephone: 907-269-6610 • Toll-free: 1-888-278-7424
Fax: 907-269-6601 • TTY: 1-800-770-8973