PUBLISHED: 2:31 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Alaska State Council on the Arts announces grants
The Alaska State Council on the Arts recently awarded $545,674 in grants at their annual meeting, held June 15-16, in Sitka.

The grants range from institutional two-year grants to small project grants to artists and small organizations.

Twenty two Artists In Schools grants were also awarded in 14 communities.

The grants also include a new category, American and Alaskan Masterpieces, a grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In that category, grants were awarded to the following organizations: $7,500 to the Alaska Arts Education Consortium in Juneau for an arts education classroom poster project portraying well known Alaskan artists; $10,000 to the Juneau Symphony for "Celebrating Alaska" concert tour; and to Southeast Alaska Indian Culture Center (Sitka), $5,000 for a workshop and exhibit of Tlingit, Haida and Tshimshian carvers.

Community Arts Development Grants included Juneau Lyric Opera Association, $500 for a production of Tosca; $500 to Friends of the Wrangell Museum in support of a music presentation; and $800 to Hydaburg Cooperative Association for culture camp.

Workshop grants were awarded, including: $800 to Juneau International Folkdancers for dance workshop with Richard Powers; and $1,000 to Wrangell Mountain Center (McCarthy) for a writing workshop with Seth Kantner, and $1,500 to the Alaska Art Education Association for a workshop with the head of the Art Department at SamiUniversity in Sweden.

Career Opportunity Grants were awarded included Beverly Schupp of Haines.

Annual grants were given to organizations, including: $19,708 to Perseverance Theatre of Douglas; $4,700 to Andiamo (dba Opera to Go), $11,000 to Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, $7,420 to CrossSound Inc., $8,484 to Juneau Jazz & Classics and $8,763 to Juneau Symphony, all of Juneau; $5,004 to First City Players and $13,779 to Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, all of Ketchikan; $9,975 to Sitka Summer Music Festival, $9,449 to Alaska Arts Southeast, $6,500 to Totem Heritage Center, $2,827 to The Island Institute, Inc.; $2,500 to SEAICC and $5,628 to Sitka Jazz Festival, all of Sitka.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the Rasmuson Foundation.

For more information about the grants, please visit our website at or call the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 907.269.6610 or 1.888.278.7424.