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PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Awards granted to artists, organizations
Alaska State Council on the Arts
The Alaska State Council on the Arts recently announced grant awards totaling more than $449,220 to fund arts and culture activities and projects in Alaska.

These public dollars will provide support during the 2006-2007 fiscal year, ranging from individual artist awards to traditional Alaska Native art projects.

In all, 68 organizations, 25 schools and school districts and six artists were recipients of grant awards.

The annual operating support and project awards for communities in Southeast Alaska were:

Juneau

Opera to Go, $4,554; CrossSound, Inc., $6,347; Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, $11,557; Juneau Jazz and Classics, $8,484; Juneau Symphony, $5,084; and Perseverance Theater, $19,708;

Ketchikan

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, $13,779; Totem Heritage Center, $8,549; and First City Players, $5,004.

Sitka

Alaska Arts Southeast, $5,846; Island Institute, $4,827; Sitka Jazz Festival, $5,504; and Sitka Summer Music Festival, $9,800.

Pelican

Boardwalk Boogie, $1,031.

Other grants

Other grants awarded at the annual meeting for workshops and short term projects

included: $3,141 to the Alaska Arts Education Consortium of Juneau for support of professional development for arts educators and classroom teachers; $1,000 for CrossSound Inc. of Juneau; and for workshops in Haines.

Individual grants were awarded to: Heidi Reifenstein and Brett Dillingham of Juneau.

Artist in Schools residencies were awarded to: Ketchikan High School and Yakutat School.

Independent Artist in Schools grants for multiple artist residencies were awarded to the Juneau School District.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is a public agency, funded by the State of Alaska and the National Endowment for the Arts.

It is comprised of an 11 member Council with representatives from around the state.

In addition to providing grants to organizations and individuals, the council provides technical assistance for organizations in governance and budgeting, and professional development workshops for artists and arts leaders around the state.

More information is available at www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca.


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