Alaska Native Arts Program

The Alaska State Council on the arts established a Traditional Native Arts Program (TNAP) in March 1980. The program’s major responsibility is to serve rural, Alaska Natives. Technical assistance to organizations and individuals, Native Arts Marketing training, Master Artist and Apprentice grants and anti-fraud resources improve Native artists’ ability to achieve their creative goals. Underserved and endangered Alaska Native art forms and increasing arts programming for Alaska Native people is a program priority. Contemporary artists and Native art organizations are also served through ASCA’s Native art program.

Alaska Native Arts Advisory Panel

An advisory panel of Alaska Native artists and cultural leaders help guide our Alaska Native Arts program and policy. ASCA has incorporated key panel recommendations into our 2011 – 2016 strategic plan.

Alaska Native Arts Advisory Panel
(l to r): Sven Haakanson, Annie Calkins (facilitator), De ka Mehner, Ana Cooke Hoffman, Charlotte Fox (ASCA ED), Dixie Alexander, Teri Rofkar, Jon Ross, Roy Agloinga

Silver Hand Program

Authentic Alaska Native Art from Alaska

The Silver Hand program helps Alaska Native artists promote their work in the marketplace and enables consumers to identify and purchase authentic Alaska Native art. The seal indicates that the artwork on which it appears is created by hand in Alaska by an individual Alaska Native artist. Only original contemporary and traditional Alaska Native artwork, not reproductions or manufactured work, may be identified and marketed with the Silver Hand seal. The Silver Hand image is protected under Alaska trademark statute and regulation and may only be used by individuals or organizations with Alaska State Council on the Arts’ explicit written permission.

SILVER HAND PERMIT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for a two year Silver Hand permit an Alaska Native artist must be a full time resident of Alaska, at least 18 years old, and provide documentation of membership in a federally recognized Alaska Native tribe. The Silver Hand seal may only be attached to original work that is produced in the state of Alaska.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SILVER HAND PERMIT

To apply for a new permit or to renew an existing permit, download and complete an application. Mail applications and all required support materials (a checklist is provided on the form) to ASCA. Photos of art work must be submitted with the application. Digital images of sample work may be submitted via email to saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov. Include the applicant name in the subject line of the email. Incomplete applications will not be processed and will be immediately returned. Artists must renew their permit every two years for continued use of the Silver Hand seal on their art.

Silver Hand Permit Application and Renewal Form - pdf

Current Silver Hand Permit holders are eligible for one hundred Silver Hand tags per year free of charge. To order additional tags at a nominal fee complete and mail the Silver Hand Tag Order Form with payment to ASCA. Make checks or money orders payable to the Alaska State Council on the Arts. ASCA does not accept credit cards or debit cards. Cash will only be accepted in person.

Silver Hand Tag Order Form - pdf

SILVER HAND ARTISTS

For a current list of Silver Hand permit holders email saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov. Include your full name and contact information with the request.

For information about ASCA’s Community and Alaska Native Arts Programs contact Saunders McNeill at 907-269-6603 or by email saunders.mcneill@alaska.gov

CUSTOMS GUIDE TO ALASKA NATIVE ARTS

What International travellers, shop owners and artisans need to know
Customs Guide to Alaska Native Arts - pdf