Chilkat Valley artists are encouraged to apply for the Rasmuson Foundation’s 2018 Individual Artist Project Awards and fellowship grants.

The Rasmuson Foundation annually provides more than $400,000 in grants to Alaska-based artists to grow and develop their crafts, said Alaska Arts Confluence Creative Director Carol Tuynman.

According to a press release, the project awards and fellowships are grants of $7,500 and $18,000 respectively that can used to purchase equipment, explore techniques and undertake activities that aid in an artist’s development. 

About 25 project awards and 10 fellowships are awarded annually. Recipients will have an opportunity to participate in a course with Creative Capital, a nonprofit that supports artists through project funding, mentorship and advisory services.

Project awards are available in 11 artistic disciplines: choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, media arts, multidiscipline, music composition, new genre, performance art, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts. Fellowship applications will be accepted in media arts, multidiscipline, music composition, visual arts, new genre, and presentation/interpretation.

Program officer Jeff Baird will host a workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the library on the Individual Artist Award program.

He will provide an overview of the application, tips on things to think about when considering what to apply for, as well as highlight new components to the program.

The deadline for filing applications is March 1.