Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2006

Poetry Out Loud open to schools

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. From October through March, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 12. State champions will advance to the national finals, to take place April 30-May 1 in Washington, DC.

High schools that wish to be part of the Poetry Out Loud program should contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Home-school students should coordinate with local high schools to participate. Contact Susan Olson, Arts Education Director for the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6682, (888) 278-7424 or for more information.

Native ghost stories wanted

Editors of American Indian descent are looking for Native American/Alaska Native/First Nations ghost stories, especially those related to boarding schools or the broader Native experience. For more information, contact Dr. Libby Tucker by mail at English department, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y., 13902, or e-mail at

State seeks art pros

The Artists in Schools Program is looking for professional teaching artists in visual, literary, traditional Native and performing art forms. For more information or to request an application, call (907) 269-6682 or e-mail ais_aksca@eed.state. Applications are available online at www.eed.state.ak. us/aksca. Applications are due by Wednesday.

Rasmuson expands arts fund

The Rasmuson Foundation has new guidelines and applications for the Harper Arts Touring Fund. The fund is available for rural and underserved communities in Alaska to engage in and experience art and cultural events.

Eligible organizations are nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities and educational institutions. Applicants must be based in the community to which the performer or exhibit is traveling and must be the local presenter of the planned activity. For guidelines, application forms and more information, visit

Seward hosts race to design

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is holding an artwork design contest for the 2007 Mount Marathon Race/Fourth of July festivities logo. The chosen design may be reproduced on T-shirts, hats, pin, patches and/or posters.

The design must fit on an 8-by-11-inch sheet of paper, preferably be round, have only four colors and must include the following: Mt. Marathon Race; July 4, 2007; 80th Running; Seward, Alaska; the words “finisher” or “survivor”; and a mountain theme. The deadline is March 1. Artwork must be signed by the artist. All submissions become property of the Seward Chamber of Commerce, with credit given to the artist. For more information, call the chamber at 224-8051 or e-mail

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