Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004

Art scholarships awarded

The following students were awarded scholarships through the Peninsula Art Guild's scholarship program: By high schools Emily Berezin , Skyview; Brandi Dena, Soldotna; Suzanne Strickland, Nikiski; and Brandon Reed , Kenai Alternative. High School open Emily Berezin and Brandi Dena. Post-high school open Laurie Marta, Louis Lagoutaris, John Lagoutaris, Reuben Floyd, Ivy Weeks, Ryan Wicker, Sherry Sather and Chelsea Bailey. The $1,000 Francis Mae Meeks memorial scholarship was awarded to the Soldotna Community Schools summer art program. The Alaska Alliance for Arts Education received $1,000 for its summer teacher institute.

A total of $9,200 was awarded to high school and post-high school students in the community who choose to continue their arts educations. This ongoing scholarship program is funded with proceeds from the Kenai Art Guild Arts and Crafts fair held at Kenai Central High School during Thanksgiving weekend. The program is looking for a volunteer coordinator for this event who can apprentice with the current coordinator this year. For more information, call Lauren Wakefield at 776-8408 in the evenings.

Photo submissions wanted

The Alaska Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is accepting submissions for its 2005 Discovery Vacation Guide. Photos should be submitted to by Wednesday to the council, upstairs in the 4D building in Soldotna. Official rules can be downloaded at www.kenaipeninsula.org and are listed in the 2004 Discovery Guide, which is available at area visitors centers.

Prizes of $50, $75 and $100 will be awarded. All photos selected for use will receive a photo credit. To submit a photo and for more information, call 262-5229.

Ballroom dancing classes slated

Community ballroom dance classes with Norm and Annie Berg will be held Thursdays for five weeks starting Sept. 9 at North Star Dance Studio from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 262-6133.

Art classes for home-schoolers to begin

Home-school art classes will begin Sept. 28. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. For a complete art class schedule and class descriptions, visit http://arts-express.tripod.com on the Web or call Stephanie Cox at 260-7459.

Art funding awards offered

The Rasmuson Foundation is offering an Individual Artist Awards program that will provide financial awards to individual artists living and creating in Alaska. There are three award categories:

Project awards: Awards of up to $5,000 for emerging, mid-career and mature artists for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his or her work.

Artist fellowships: $12,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work.

Distinguished artist: $25,000 annual award for an artist of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts.

The awards are intended to give artists the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor and to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 1. Applications and guidelines are available online at www.rasmuson.org or by calling (907) 297-2700 or toll free in Alaska (877) 366-2700.

Favorite poem project solicits submissions

The University of Alaska Anchorage is inviting all Alaskans to participate in a favorite poem project inspired by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy. Pinsky, a professor at Boston University and poetry editor of the online magazine Slate, will visit UAA for an Oct. 8 lecture and book signing to mark the grand opening of the new UAA/APU Consortium Library.

Pinsky is perhaps best known for a nationwide initiative inviting Americans to talk about their favorite poems. To celebrate his visit, UAA is organizing a similar project.

To participate, type your favorite poem into an e-mail message and send it to favoritepoem@uaa.alaska.edu by 5 p.m. Oct. 8. Submissions must include your name, age and occupation. They also must include the name of the poem, the name of the poet and a brief statement explaining why you chose that particular poem as your favorite.

Selected submissions will be posted on UAA's Web Site beginning Sept. 13. In addition, several submitters will be invited to read their favorite poems aloud at an Oct. 21 reading.

Resource for artists announced

The Field, a nonprofit arts service organization, has launched GoTour, a Web site that helps independent artists with touring.

GoTour features a database of well known and "under the radar" U.S. and Canadian venues and cultural resources; information about arts communities from performers and administrators nationwide; as well as newspaper and radio contacts. The site is at www.gotour.org.



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