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Art Acquisition Fund

Grants to Alaska Nonprofit Museums and Culture
Centers for the Purchase of Contemporary Art Work

GrantWatch ID#: 174288
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Museums Alaska - Rasmuson Foundation


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Grants of up to $35,000 to Alaska nonprofit museums and culture centers for the acquisition of contemporary works of art by state residents. Eligible museums must demonstrate a history of accumulating or displaying art, and have the capabilities to properly care for the works purchased. Only visual art will be considered. Artwork may be in any medium, and may include outdoor installations.

Additional Selection Criteria:

- Artwork must be by a living, “established” Alaska artist. The artwork must represent current work of the artist.

- Artwork must meet the general mission and specific goals and criteria stipulated in the applicant’s formally adopted collections policy and (2) the applicant’s annual exhibitions/programs plan. The program strongly encourages applicants to tie their purchasing goals very closely to the institution’s exhibitions/program plan.

- Funding preference will be given to works by Alaska artists residing in Alaska. In exceptional cases, the current works of accomplished Alaska artists residing outside of Alaska may be considered. Before applying for funding to support the purchase of works by an Alaska artist who does not live in Alaska, please contact the program director for advice.

- Applicant must give assurance that the artwork to be purchased conforms to current federal and state laws regulating the collection, use, and sale of archaeological and/or paleontological materials.

No more than $35,000 will be allocated to a single museum in the program year.

Only Alaska museums and Alaska Native cultural centers are eligible to participate in the Art Acquisition Program. An institution’s qualified auxiliary or support group may act as the agent for purchasing if it is impossible for the museum to do so directly.

A museum must be qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code of 1986, and classified as (1) a public charity under Section 509(a) of the IRS Code or, (2) as a unit of government, in selected cases.

To be eligible, a museum must submit a plan for the exhibition of works purchased through this program. This plan should indicate when and how the works will be exhibited and how the museum will incorporate these works into its overall collections (e.g., as part of a permanent exhibition, educational programs, community exhibitions, etc.).

No artwork may be specifically commissioned for this Fund.

Replicas of artifacts or copies of original works will not be funded.

All purchases require compliance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (PL 101-644), which makes it unlawful to display for sale or to sell any product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian-produced, an Indian product of a particular Indian tribe or Indian arts and craft organization. The law further provides that the term “Indian” means any individual who is a member of a federally or state recognized Indian Tribe or is certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian Tribe. The law does not restrict non-Indians from producing or selling such objects, but if must be disclosed to the public/consumer that the piece was made by a non-Indian.

The museum may not purchase artwork for its collections from its own current museum board of directors or staff members, or immediate family members; or from artists who serve on the board of directors of Museums Alaska or their immediate family members.

The museum must supply its federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) on the application.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Museums Alaska
PO Box 20153
Juneau, AK 99802

Phone: 907-306-3409

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