About Us

Mission

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.

History

The impetus for creating the Alaska State Council on the Arts came from Washington, DC, where Congress, recognizing the need to encourage expression and communication through the performing, visual, and literary arts, established the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.

The new law called for Federal assistance to arts agencies in all 50 states. For those states that had not yet formed an arts council (of which Alaska was one), a one-time-only grant of $25,000 was made available to organize an agency and conduct a survey of all existing facilities, organizations, and individuals engaging in the arts within the state.

The Alaska Legislature formed ASCA in 1966 "to ensure that the role for the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and will play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens."

The eleven member council is a volunteer body appointed by the Governor to guide the development of the arts throughout the state. ASCA members set policy and serve on panels that review grants to arts programs. The Council's professional staff provides technical assistance and services to artists, arts organizations and arts supporters in Alaska.

Funds for ASCA programs and services are provided by the Alaska State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and private donations. Since its inception, the Council's budget has ranged from $5.5 million to $900,000. It has provided over 4,000 grants totaling more than $42 million to organization and individuals in nearly every community in the state.

Strategic Plan - pdf

2008 Annual Report - pdf