The Alaska Art Fund (AAF)—previously known as the Art Acquisition Fund—was established in 2002 and began in 2003. The grant program was created by Rasmuson Foundation and is managed by Museums Alaska along with the Collections Management Fund.
The purpose of the AAF is to encourage museums in Alaska to collect the work of accomplished Alaska artists for their collections, and support living, practicing Alaska artists through these acquisitions. In 2022, the program was expanded to allow organizations to commission public art as well as make more traditional art purchases for their collections. Applicants are required to be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center.
Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply. The AAF has not only made possible the enrichment of the state’s museum and cultural center collections, but the funds also have gone directly to Alaska artists encouraging them to continue their work in Alaska.
Institutional membership in Museums Alaska is encouraged but not required. If your institution is not a member, click here to join and help us continue to develop programs that benefit the Alaska museum community and the cultural sector.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the program.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS & LINKS:
To apply, click the button below to go to our grant application website. Grant application deadlines can be found in the Application Guidelines document linked above.
We have an optional grant review for those who would like help strengthening their application. To submit your application for optional grant review, fill out your application on the grant application website and choose the appropriate submit button at the end.
Note: This is an external website (museumsalaska.gosmart.org), where you will be required to create a user login (this is separate from any member login you may have at museumsalaska.org).
Grant Application Website