Susan Anderson, long-time President/CEO, will depart The CIRI Foundation in 2023

September 22, 2022 Susan Anderson, long-time President/CEO, will depart The CIRI Foundation in 2023 She leaves behind 23 years of impact, partnership and revitalization Susan Anderson, TCF President/CEO, with TCF recipient and University of Alaska graduate, Tia Hale. (ANCHORAGE, AK) – “I get to be the fairy godmother,” Susan Anderson, President/CEO of The CIRI Foundation … Read more

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2022 Polar Lab: Collective Program

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership Polar Lab: Collective Program Grantee: Anchorage Museum Association, Story by Monica Shah, Deputy Director for Collections & Conservation The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Exploring Alaska Native Gut: Exhibition, Collections, and Artistic Development

An Alaska Native Cultural Heritage and Artistic Sovereignty in Museums Project funded through A Journey to What Matters Exploring Alaska Native Gut: Exhibition, Collections, and Artistic Development Grantee: Alaska State Museum, Story by Ellen Carlee The CIRI Foundation funding recently brought together artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabascan) and Alaska State Museum (ASM) staff to begin a … Read more

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2022 Tsimshian Panel Making in Metlakatla with William Bolton

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership ARTShops 2022 William Bolton in MetlakatlaTsimshian Panel Making The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Indigenous Watercraft Educational and Research Project

An Alaska Native Cultural Heritage and Artistic Sovereignty in Museums Project funded through A Journey to What Matters Indigenous Watercraft Educational and Research Project Grantee: University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North, Story by Eduard Zdor I was fortunate to be involved in the Indigenous Watercraft educational and research project University of Alaska Fairbanks … Read more

Heritage Project Grant- Chickaloonies: Intergenerational Creativity and Learning through Indigenous Comic Art

Chickaloonies: Intergenerational Creativity and Learning through Indigenous Comic Art Grantee: Smithsonian Institute Arctic Studies Center, Story by Dimi Macheras I’m a third generation storyteller from the Ahtna-Athabascan village of Chickaloon. Growing up, my Grandmother told us the Ya Ne Da Ah stories of our culture and instilled in me a deep love of storytelling. Over … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Litnaurluni Program: Tengautuli Atkuk “The Flying Parka”

Litnaurluni Program: Tengautuli Atkuk / The Flying Parka Grantee: Calista Education and Culture Inc., Story by Ann Fienup-Riordan Thanks to The CIRI Foundation’s support, Ann Fienup-Riordan, Alice Rearden, and Marie Meade have been working with Calista Education and Culture and the University of Washington Press on a new book, Tengautuli Atkuk/The Flying Parka, to be … Read more

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership- ARTShops 2022 Nikki Corbett Qaspeq Sewing Workshop in Nome

A Journey To What Matters and ASCA Partnership ARTShops 2022 Nikki Corbett in NomeQaspeq Sewing Workshop The ARTShops program is a collaboration between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture grant program. Established in … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Traditional Yup’ik Fish Skin Hood

Traditional Yup’ik Fish Skin Hood Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story by Ilgavak (Peter Williams) Marlene Nielsen taught her mentee Ilgavak (Peter Williams) how to make a traditional Yup’ik fish skin hood from salmon and halibut skins harvested for food. Ilgavak harvested hemlock bark from fall and winter blown down trees. Rendering the bark into … Read more

A Journey to What Matters- Lingit Shame Robe

Lingit Shame Robe Grantee: Bunnell Street Arts Center, Story by Jennifer Younger & Carol Hughey Jennifer Younger, a contemporary Lingít artist, and Carol Hughey, a classically trained apparel designer, teamed up in the Mentorship program to create a ceremonial shame robe. The robe expresses outrage over the destructive commercial sac-roe herring fishery that violates the … Read more