Online Arts Resources

As COVID-19 continues to be a part of our daily lives, we have created an updated list of free arts resources available on the web! If there is an opportunity or resource that you think should be included on this page, please email us at info@fairbanksarts.org.

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Virtual Cultural Resources

Art21 (Art in the 21st Century) creates thought-provoking videos that allow viewers to learn firsthand from contemporary artists; there is also an educator’s guide available to accompany Art21 films

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online; they offer museum tours, reference images, articles, and more

Indigenous Cinema is an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors from the National Film Board of Canada

Folk Alliance International is offering livestream folk concerts

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming nightly opera performances

Access over 1,600 books on art history online from the Metropolitan Museum

Art museums from around the world are offering virtual tours

E-Learning Opportunities in the Arts

Any FNSB Library card holder has free access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda). LinkedIn Learning offers courses in photography, illustration, drawing and much more! If you don’t have a library card, you can still try a month for free

Creativebug is offering two months free online learning

Sketch Book Skool is offering one free course

Have something you want to learn? Check out the No Excuse List, which offers various arts-related opportunities

Information and Opportunities for Artists, Arts Contractors, and Arts Organizations

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 12.10.53 PMOur friends at the Alaska State Arts Council and Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation created a page of resources for artists! This list was created in the spring, but still has lots of great opportunities and information for artists navigating the ramifications of the pandemic

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The next deadline is October 21.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:

      • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
      • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
      • 21 years of age or older;
      • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
      • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
      • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
      • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

This dashboard from Americans for the Arts is tracking incoming data from their survey gauging economic impact among arts and culture organizations nationwide; it’s a great resource for arts organizations

Project Ideas for Creatives Young and Old

The Small Works Project with Mo Willems is a great way to brighten your day and celebrate good deeds with art

Draw Together videos is a project by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton; each video includes a warm-up exercise and a how-to lesson

Create an account through Ravelry to access free crochet and knit patterns

Resources for Children, Families, and Educators

Alaska Arts Education Consortium has compiled a list of resources for teachers and students (including free coloring pages from Indigenous artists)!

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country; this program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life, and the POL website features a large database of poetry

Amazingeducationalresources.com is a behemoth, running spreadsheet of education companies running free subscriptions

Read a story with an astronaut with Story Time from Space

Khan Academy‘s mission is to provide a free world-class education for anyone anywhere

Here is an additional list of resources for children

December in the Bear Gallery

Exhibition on view: December 4-23, 2020

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m.

Bear Gallery visitors please note:

Entering the building: Until further notice, the south entrance of the Centennial Center (facing the main parking lot) will be closed to the public. In an effort to reduce the amount of traffic through the building, visitors must use the north doors (those facing the carousel and playground).

COVID-19 mitigation measures: Fairbanks Arts’ board of directors has approved COVID-19 mitigation measures that include (but are not limited to):

  • Visitors to the Bear Gallery must wear a mask. We ask that visitors bring and wear their own masks at all times. No entry without a mask.
  • Social distancing of no less than 6ft apart must be observed within the Bear Gallery.  
  • The current limit of visitors in the gallery at one time is 10 individuals.
  • Our COVID-19 mitigation plan involves the frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff.
  • Our complete mitigation plan is available upon request. Email info@fairbanksarts.org to receive a copy.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this effort to stay open while supporting artists and arts supporters safely and responsibly.

From the Forest by Marianne Stolz

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“Riparian Influence” by Marianne Stolz

The love of the outdoors has always been a major constituent in Marianne Stolz’ life, guiding decisions from where to live to the themes of her art. Marianne was born and raised in Germany, where she received a Journeyman Woodcarver license from the Wood Carving School Berchdesgarden. She made Fairbanks her permanent home in the 90s, where she has been carving, hiking, teaching at the Folk School, and raising a family since.

She is foremost a traditional woodcarver, using preferably local wood and classic carving techniques, namely chisels and elbow grease. Other materials and techniques are added, sometimes for their contrast in possibilities, sometimes for their representation of a concept. Working with the natural flaws and challenges of wood rather than against them is a major part of her inspiration. 

In From the Forest, she expresses the beauty of the intricate dynamics and complex relationships in the boreal forest. She is intrigued by the interconnection between the many literal and figurative layers, the diversity of the constituents and the ever changing flow of interaction between them all.

Kindred by Group f/4: Four Female Fotographers

Group f/4: Four Female Fotographers consists of artists Jerzy Ellanna, Alyssa Enriquez, Charlotte Peterson, and Judy Sanchez.

The group loosely follows a photographic tradition started in 1932, with the first museum exhibition of Group f/64. Born in the home of William Van Dyke, Group f/64 was a small club of like-minded friends and artists who came together over a common interest. Group f/64 was eager to present a new vision, redefining what the photographic medium looked like and represented.

Like the original society, Group f/4 is a group of female photographers who have found inspiration and support within each other – often meeting at someone’s home like the founding members of Group f/64. They are no longer waiting for a “new vision”, nor an entirely new photographic style, rather they are in the ever growing age of opportunity.

Group f/4 consists of four unique artists, presenting different approaches, styles, and techniques – but who share a deep respect for the medium as evidenced in their work. Their show is titled “Kindred” because even though they all have unique approaches, they are bound by a similar nature or character. In the original Group f/64 manifesto, the group stated, “The chief object of the Group is to present in frequent shows what it considers the best contemporary photography” while “not pretending to cover the entire spectrum of photography”. Group f/4 too embraces this concept, and presents their first physical exhibition together.

Clockwise from upper left: “Dam” by Jerzy Ellanna, “64°50’34.2-N 147°43’14.2-W” by Charlotte Peterson, “Torso of a Woman” by Judy Sanchez, and “Queensway” by Alyssa Enriquez.