Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 11:30 am
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) Executive Director Carrie Brown announced last week the distribution of $17,227.61 in seven awards through the Foundation's Cultural Arts Project Support (CAPS) Initiative. This competitive grant program is dedicated to enriching Alaska Native artists and arts organizations.
The CAPS program is designed to support activities such as artist-in-residence programs; rural art programs that reach young artists in the schools; workshops; artist fees for demonstration projects at museums and cultural centers, exhibitions; and documentation of artists' work.
The review panel evaluates project applications according (but not limited to) the following considerations: the degree to which projects meet the mission and goals of the Foundation; demonstrating preservation, innovation and/or advancement of cultural or artistic traditions; and impacting the enhancement of the arts in rural communities. The CAPS awards are funded in partnership with the Ford Foundation as well as through the sale of artwork ANAF purchases directly from artists and sells through Alaskanativearts.org, the Anchorage gallery, and special events and outlets throughout the United States.
The Fall 2008 Grantees are:
Artstream Cultural Resources ($5,000)
Alfred Gosuk ($2,500)
Bryon Amos ($2,500)
Native Village of Eyak ($2,500)
Duke University Press ($2,250)
Zoe Schneider ($2,477.61)
Artstream Cultural Resources CAPS award will help pay for materials and supplies to make traditional regalia for 20 members of the North Tide dance group formed in 2007 in Haines. The main purpose is to facilitate sober lifestyle and well-being activities targeted to at-risk children through Native culture and art.
Yup'ik artist from Togiak, Alfred Gosuk, will use his CAPS award to help buy ivory, whalebone, and baleen materials from Alaskans, and purchase tools and other resources.
Multi-talented Eskimo artist Bryon Amos will purchase quality soapstone from Vancouver, British Columbia with his CAPS award. He said he hopes to "Increase his abilities in business growth and investments using ancient artistic skills in this generation".
Native Village of Eyak CAPS award will fund the Ilanka Cultural Center to teach a mukluk workshop with Willy Topkok, an Inupiat skin sewer. Willy Topkok is from Teller and Wales. In the workshop he will teach the function and designs of mukluks and show the class how to utilize natural materials from animals and plants to make the traditional boots.
Duke University Press will use the CAPS award for color plates for a large volume book entitled "Alaska Native Reader: History, Politics and Art," edited by Maria Williams, who is Tlingit. The color plates will primarily highlight the contemporary artwork of Alaska Native artists.
Zoe Schneider's project includes three pieces of work to promote contemporary and traditional Alaska Native bead art. The three pieces will be used to construct a beaded gown with polished quills, moose hide and beads; and polished and buffed dentalia shells, beads and hide. Award funds will be used to purchase materials and supplies for her project.
Dec. 31 is the next postmark deadline for the next round of grant awards. Applications are available at Alaskanativearts.org.
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to promote and celebrate the uniqueness of Alaska Native art and heritage.
The Foundation's goals are to increase general awareness of Alaska Native cultures and provide opportunities to educate the public about the diverse cultural expressions of Alaska's indigenous peoples; stimulate demand for and help establish fair market pricing for works of art created by Alaska Native people in order to improve the economic well-being of Alaska Native artists and Alaska's villages; and, invigorate the education and training of the next generation of Alaska's Native artists.
For more information about the Alaska Native Arts Foundation visit www.alaskanativearts.org or call 800-979-2623.