The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with The CIRI Foundation, is pleased to provide the Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook to assist Alaska Native artists in furthering their artistic careers. Please contact ASCA for more information about the workbook and upcoming artists professional development workshops scheduled across the state.

Click on the book cover for an electronic copy!


NEW! Artist Grant Proposal Writing Handbookwritersfront_back

The purpose of this handbook is to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing a grant proposal for arts funding.

This text was originally developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC), a British Columbia Canada based organization whose mandate is to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture. FPCC very generously agreed to share their workbook with The CIRI Foundation (TCF) to be adapted to provide information and resources specific to Alaskan artists. Lena Jacobs of Benozaadleyo Consulting, LLC assisted in the research and editing to create this revised Alaska version of the handbook.

TCF is grateful for this partnership and collaborative spirit enabling us to
increase our resources to perpetuate and promote the unique artistic and cultural traditions of Alaska Native peoples!

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Fellowship, artist workshop and Grant Resources

Alaska Conservation Foundation
911 West 8th Ave., Suite 300 Anchorage, AK 99501
T: (907) 276-1917

Alaska Humanities Forum
161 E 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
T. (907) 272-5341

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102 Anchorage, AK 99508
T: (907)269-6610  Toll-free: (888) 278-7424

Rasmuson Foundation
301 West Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 400 Anchorage, AK 99503
T: (907) 297-2700 Toll-free: (877) 366-2700

The CIRI Foundation
3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 256 Anchorage, Alaska 99508
T: (907)793-3575 Toll-free: (800) 764-3382



Bill Holm Center

First Peoples Fund

Indian Arts Research Center, SAR

Longhouse Cultural Center: National Endowment

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Native Artists Exchange

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

NMAI: Artist Leadership Program

Potlatch Fund

Seventh Generation Fund  

Authentication and Branding Programs

Alaska Grown

Made in Alaska Silver Hand Permit

Alaska Native Art Markets and Craft Fairs

Alaska Federation of Natives

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Bethel Saturday Market, Bethel

Cama’i Dance Festival and Art show, Bethel

Festival of Native Arts, Fairbanks

Fur Rondy Festival, Anchorage

World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO)

Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop

Anchorage Museum Shop, Anchorage


Business Resources


State of Alaska Business License

Small Business Development Center

Legal Resources


Alaska Consumer Protection Unit

Customs Guide


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Copyright Office Intellectual Property Rights/Stop

Arts and Culture Organizations, Museums, and Cultural Centers


Alaska State Museum

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Alaska Native Heritage Center

First Alaskans Institute

First Light: Alaskan Artists

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center

Native Arts Center, UAF

Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository

Ilanka Cultural Center

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Pratt Museum

Bunnell Street Art Center

Sheldon Jackson Museum  

Wildlife Regulations That Govern Use of Traditional Alaska Native Art Materials

Alaska Native artists use some material in their work that is strictly regulated by state and federal law. Wildlife protection agencies are committed – in addition to providing enforcement – to educating artists and the public on the lawful use of fish and wildlife in traditional Alaska Native artwork. U.S. Fish and Wildlife and U.S. National Marine Fisheries agencies have staff available to answer questions about these restrictions and regulations. If you need assistance about materials you can download these information sheets found online, contact ASCA staff or individuals listed below for help.

Alaska Native Art Materials Provisions

Marine Mammal Protection Act

Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council

Beach found marine mammal parts

Hunting and use of Polar Bear by Alaska Natives

Hunting and use of Walrus by Alaska Natives