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Rasmuson Foundation Grant Awards – Spring 2014

May 15th, 2013 by Clarissa

5 Tlingits each received a Rasmuson artist award including (L to R): Ricky Tagaban, Nahaan, Teri Rofkar, Clarissa Rizal and Norman Jackson

Today, 36 Alaskan artists received a Rasmuson Foundation award; check out the award ceremony at:  http://new.livestream.com/rasmusonfoundation/iaa2013

I will be using the funds to help support me while I do several projects this year all having to do with Chilkat weaving, including the following:  teaching an introductory Chilkat weaving workshop and spearheading the Indigenous Weavers’ Gathering and my art exhibit all at the Kwaanlin Dun Cultural Center in Whitehorse, Yukon; teaching apprenticeship in artist-in-residence in Haines, Alaska; helping weavers in Juneau, Alaska to begin weaving a Chilkat or Ravenstail robe in time for Celebration 2014; begin weaving my “Resilience” Chilkat robe, begin weaving my child-size Chilkat robe; and making the Chilkat weaving tour of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia down to Seattle, Washington this coming Fall.

The monetary support from this Rasmuson grant is invaluable for a (more than) full-time artist like myself.  I have come to admit, my entire life is about creating art.  And any and all monetary support is such a plus!  Thank you, Rasmuson!

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