Alaska Native Arts Foundation

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

Infobox_Company
company_name = Alaska Native Arts Foundation
company_
company_type = Non-Profit
foundation = Anchorage, Alaska, USA (2006)
location = flagicon|USA Anchorage, Alaska, USA
num_employees = 4 (2008)
key_people = Carrie Irwin Brown, Executive Director Carrie Anvil-Kiana, Artist Outreach Manager
Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, Chairman
Barbara Overstreet,William L. Hensley, Susie Bevins- Ericsen, Sonya-Kelliher Combs, Alvin Amason, Gail Schubert, Julie Kitka, Maria Williams, Perry Eaton, Veronica Slajer, Julie Decker,directors and Directors Emeritus num_employees = 4 (2008)
industry = Cultural Arts
homepage = [http://www.alaskanativearts.org/ www.alaskanativearts.org]
web|url=http://events.adn.com/anchorage-ak/venues/show/574519-alaska-native-arts-foundation-gallery] |

Created in 2002, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to support the Alaska Native Art community. The organization, headed by Carrie Brown, engages in many efforts to increase public awareness of the art and to create a vibrant and growing market for their work. In mid-July, the organization will affiliate with the Alaska House New York, a separate non-profit cultural think tank and cultural center with exhibitions of Alaska Native art. The Anchorage gallery, located at 500 West Sixth Ave., has monthly exhibits of new works of art by contemporary Alaska Nativeartists in mixed media, paintings, sculpture, wood carvings, fused glass, cast bronze and other forms. In addition, the Foundation maintains extensive inventory of Native art and utilitarian, hand-made items of all sorts, based on the "subsistence" lifestyle of its makers: walrus ivory carvings, baleen etchings, whalebone sculpture, salmon and halibut skin baskets, caribou antler dolls dressed in traditional sealskin clothing; and wearable art and accessories: jewelry, baskets, traditional "ulu" knives,fur parkas, hats, gloves, mittens, traditional "mukluks", summer parkas, bolo ties, "scrimshaw" belt buckles, silver, gold and copper jewelry, and hair ornaments.

The Foundation is also a grant-making organization, awarding small artist support grants every six months. Funding for these grants is provided by the Ford Foundation, along with proceeds from sales of art.

The Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a sub-recipient contractor of the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Notes and references

* [http://www.alaskanativearts.org/ Alaska Native Arts Foundation]
*Alaska Native Art


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