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Rasmuson Foundation Launches New Artist Residency Program

Anchorage, Alaska -- The Rasmuson Foundation announced this week the launch of a new artist residency program beginning this fall. The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will bring four artists to Alaska later this year and send four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 in 2014.

“Magical things happen when an artist is transported, even temporarily, to a new environment,” said Rasmuson Foundation Program Officer Jayson Smart. “The visiting artist is invigorated by new people, new cultures and new surroundings. In turn, the host center, local artists and community are energized by exposure to new and different artistic influences.”

The Alaska artists selected will spend their eight-week residencies at one of four art centers in the Lower 48. Information on how to apply for the residencies will be available in late June.

One of the main goals of the Artist Residency Program is to foster greater exposure for Alaska artists at different venues and communities Outside. Key to that broader exposure is the partnerships the program establishes between arts and culture centers in Alaska with compatible centers in the Lower 48. These partnerships will bridge regional perspectives with nationally renowned residency programs. The geographic and artistic diversity of the partners holds promise for new and exciting artistic expression. The participating organizations are:

The Artist Residency Program is one element of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, with a current commitment of $8.5 million to the arts over the next four years. The renewed initiative, announced in December 2012, is designed to strengthen cultural institutions across the state, encourage the development of new work by creative artists, and increase public access to and participation in cultural experiences. The Artist Residency Program builds on the success of AK AIR, a five-year collaboration between Rasmuson Foundation and United States Artists (USA).

About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.