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The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, the Atwood Foundation, and Rasmuson Foundation have partnered to create the Alaska Arts and Culture Emergency Relief (ACERF) COVID-19 Grant Program.

The program will provide up to $1,500 to artists that have been unable to work or sell art as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are competitive and will be evaluated by a selection committee. Alaska artists can apply for the ACERF COVID-19 grant and learn more about eligibility and criteria at The deadline for application is June 30.

“Right now, artists are out of work – completely out of work. There are no tourists to buy the work of artists. Actors, singers and dancers can’t even wait tables. Until theatres, galleries, and other arts businesses fully open up, artists need this assistance to meet their basic economic needs.” said Executive Director Ira Perman of the Atwood Foundation.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.