Grant program offers Lower 48 residencies

Artists and writers can apply starting July 1 for the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. The grant funds two-month residencies in the Lower 48. Previously, only artists who had received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award could apply, but the eligibility requirements have been changed to allow any Alaska artist to apply. 

The deadline is Aug. 15.

People wishing to apply can attend a teleconference at 6 p.m. June 26 to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements. To attend, dial 877-615-4337 and enter passcode 9917 139#.

“Through its grantmaking strategies, Rasmuson Foundation honors the merit and  significance of a life dedicated to serious artistic exploration and growth. The Foundation  believes that an artist’s energy, ideas and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education and personal reflection,” it said in a press release.

Rasmuson launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013. It supports residencies by Alaskans in Lower 48 programs and also brings up Outside artists to Alaska. Bunnell Street Arts Center has held several such residencies, and Homer artist Michael Walsh participated in a Lower 48 residency. 

For more information, visit or call 907-292-2700.

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