There’s good news on the generosity front in Alaska. The PFD Charitable Contributions Program – Pick.Click.Give. – continues to grow in three core metrics: number of Alaskans contributing, total amount they are giving, and percentage of participants among those who file for their dividend online. Earlier this year, 26,093 Alaskans used Pick.Click.Give. to donate part or all of their $900 dividend to causes they support. Read more.
Sitka basket and textile weaver Teri Rofkar has been named the 2013 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. Learn more.
Last month, Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.” In this edition, filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean features Cathy Tagnak Rexford's poem, "Luis Gonzalez Palma never took a picture here" through footage and imagery of the North and its people. Click for more.
Last month Rasmuson Foundation launched a new series of videos that add to the web-based collection of stories we call “Glimpses of Who We Are.” Today we share the second in that series – a whimsical, possibly mysterious short by film maker Ellen Frankenstein. Learn more.
Today we launch the next generation of our nonprofit sector Glimpses, this time working with media artists to tell stories in a digital domain. The first, “Little Mikey” by Pat Race, kicks off the series. Other artists we will feature include Bob Curtis Johnson, Brian George Smith, Ellen Frankenstein and Andrew MacLean. Learn more.
Mary Louise Milligan Rasmuson, social catalyst and one of Alaska’s most endeared philanthropists, died on July 30, 2012, at her home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Rasmuson spent her life breaking barriers, challenging conventions, and seeking to improve opportunities for those around her. Read more.
He went to college to study chemistry and never dreamed of being an artist. Today, artist Kes Woodward of Fairbanks was awarded the 2012 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award, which recognizes artists with stature and a history of creative excellence and accomplishments in the arts. Read more.
Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation just opened the application period for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and it’s more inclusive than ever.
Calling all Alaskan artists: Rasmuson Foundation just opened the application period for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program, and it’s more inclusive than ever. The awards are designed to support Alaskan artists at various stages in their career and creative development working in many artistic disciplines. New this year, the field of presentation and interpretation was added to the fellowship category, opening the award to actors, dancers, musicians, vocalists and other performance artists. Learn more.
Earlier this year, I returned to Alaska after 27 months of U.S. Peace Corps service in Central America. I worked as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere (after Haiti). After returning to Alaska, I began to search for local volunteer opportunities. A friend told me of the famed Dr. Jill Seaman and her involvement with the nonprofit, the Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP). Read more.
September is Hunger Action Month when we shine a light on the thousands of people who are working to reduce hunger in the United States. Closer to home, there are 90,000 Alaskans who are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. If this was a disease, we would call it an epidemic. Read more.
Margaret Schaeffer wants to make sure her community is prepared to handle challenges of the future, so she founded an organization dedicated to teaching the traditions of the past. Schaeffer is the founder of Ilinniagvik Attautchikun Corporation (IA), a nonprofit based in Kiana, a village of about 360 people located 520 miles northwest of Anchorage near Kotzebue. Find out more.