Anchorage Concert Association, awarded $50,000.
The Anchorage Concert Association will facilitate and develop Civic Practice-based projects with artists and community partners. Supported by a new part-time staff position, ACA aims to facilitate a process where community partners and artists can address community concerns together. Through this work, ACA believes they can move beyond the walls of the Performing Arts Center, impact more people, and transform the Anchorage community through the power of the arts.
Perseverance Theatre, awarded $75,000.
Perseverance Theatre will continue exploring and developing artist-driven audience engagement opportunities within and around its mainstage season offerings, primarily in Anchorage. Perseverance Theatre produces writers from traditionally underrepresented communities with the support of other theatre artists who identify as underrepresented; new audience development will focus on connecting these artists with new audiences in Anchorage’s diverse populations. The creation of a Community Engagement Coordinator staff position in Anchorage will enable Perseverance Theatre to do this work.
The Alutiiq Museum, awarded $52,595.
The Alutiiq Museum will expand a Date Night program which they prototyped through Incubating Innovation. They will test the event off-site, involve culture bearers from other communities, and experiment with pricing and advertising. The Alutiiq Museum will also augment their gallery assistant position in order to accommodate the increased scale of work. A more robust Date Night program has strong potential to help the Alutiiq Museum engage a broader, more diverse audience and build enduring support for their programs.
The Island Institute, awarded $50,000.
The Island Institute will hire a program associate to focus on organizational and civic storytelling. The program associate will contribute actively to emergent programs (Tidelines Journey and Tidelines Radio), and will help to guide the organization in directions which will engage themes of regional interest and importance, while also creating connections between their youth and adult programs, building and deepening their constituency. Alaska Native applicants will receive preference and ultimately, the program associate will enable the Island Institute to honor local knowledge while also sharing the work of talented artists and thinkers from around the world.