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Art Acquisition Fund (AAF)

Grants to Alaska Nonprofit and Governmental
Museums to Purchase Artwork by Alaskan Artists

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Museums Alaska - Rasmuson Foundation

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Grants of up to $35,000 per year to Alaska nonprofit and governmental museums and cultural centers to purchase contemporary works of art by artists residing in the State. Funding is intended to encourage museums to build collections of work by accomplished, practicing artists, thereby supporting local artists' livelihoods.

Selection Criteria:

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

- Artwork must be by a living, “established” Alaska artist currently residing in Alaska. The artwork must represent current work of the artist. In exceptional cases, artwork by a deceased artist (within 1 year of death) may be considered. If the artist is deceased, please contact the program director for advice in advance of submitting your application.

- On a limited basis, awards may be considered for commissioned artwork. Applicants pursuing commissioned artwork must contact the Program Administrator in advance of submitting an application in order to be eligible. Additional documentation will be required.

- Only visual art will be considered.

- Artwork may be in any medium.

- Artwork may include outdoor installations.

- All purchases must comply 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 members of its current board of directors or staff members, or from the immediate family members of board or staff members; or from artists who serve on the board of directors of Museums Alaska or their immediate family members.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179358

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Artworks must be purchased within 6 months of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from qualified nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. 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.

A museum must have a history or tradition of collecting or exhibiting art, and be able to store and care for all works purchased.

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

Note: Rasmuson Foundation, members of the Museums Alaska board of directors, or the Project Administer may have opportunities to visit and see the artwork.

An institution currently utilizing a grant from Rasmuson Foundation (either Tier 1 or Tier 2, for example) may also apply for support through the Art Acquisition Program. An institution that has not completed the requirements for an outstanding grant from Rasmuson Foundation, however, will not be eligible for the Art Acquisition Program until all outstanding obligations to Foundation have been satisfied.

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

Institutional membership in Museums Alaska has been encouraged but not required. Join here to help continue to develop programs that benefit the Alaska museum community and the cultural sector:

The Art Acquisition Program does not fund overhead or indirect costs, including insurance, security, transportation, travel, shipping, installation, conservation, or staff time expenses.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines for applications are February 15, May 15, and October 15.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Please contact the Program Administrator if you have any questions about the program: or 907.306.3409.

Museums Alaska
PO Box 80641
Fairbanks, AK 99708

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska