Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM

  • Anchorage, AK
  • www.akhf.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is to connect Alaskans through stories, ideas, and experiences that positively change lives and empower communities.

Our vision is a culturally diverse, economically vibrant, and equitable Alaska where people are engaged, informed, and connected.

The Alaska Humanities Forum is the state Humanities Council under the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

At its inception in 1972, the Forum primarily provided grants with funds from National Endowment for the Humanities to provide statewide services to preserve humanities experiences in Alaska. Since the 1990s, the Forum has been cultivating a public statewide presence by facilitating workshops, forums, and conferences within a neutral venue on both current events and public issues.

At the turn of the 21st century, the Forum successfully developed and piloted a cross-cultural exchange, funded first as an earmark from Congress through Senator Ted Stevens and then by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP). Since 2000, the Forum has provided support in two key areas to ensure participant engagement and achievement: expertise in delivering cross-cultural training on a statewide level, as well as partnerships with leaders in cross-cultural issues and professional development.

The Forum is experienced in managing and operating significant grant-funded projects, including grants from private federal and state agencies, and has responsibly managed more than $20 million dollars of federal funds and tens of thousands of dollars of state and local government funds, as well as private funds.

Main Programs

  1. Sister School Exchange
  2. Educator Cross Cultural Exchange (ECCI)
  3. The Creating Cultural Competence of Rural Early Career Teachers Project (C3-2
  4. Take Wing Alaska
  5. Leadership Anchorage
  6. Grants
Service Areas

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Alaska

The Alaska Humanities Forum serves people and communities across the state of Alaska - we award grants and conduct programs throughout the state, from rural villages to our major cities.

ruling year

1985

President & CEO since 2016

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Kameron Perez-Verdia

Keywords

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Humanities, grants, cross-cultural exchange, education, leadership, training

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EIN

92-0042123

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Programs

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Program 1

Sister School Exchange

The Sister School Exchange is a unique, experiential program that promotes understanding among Alaska’s urban and rural communities through cross-cultural exchanges in middle and high schools. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education Program, the Sister School Exchange has engaged in cross-cultural exchanges in Alaska for the last fifteen years.

The Sister School Exchange program operates throughout the school year, matching a teacher and five students from an off-the-road-system community with a teacher and five students from urban Alaska. The Sister School teams work through a 6-8 week standards-aligned curriculum on cross-cultural understanding. The teams then complete a two way exchange, during which each team gets a chance to host their Sister School community.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

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Program 2

Educator Cross Cultural Exchange (ECCI)

The Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion (ECCI) Program is an experiential program to help public school educators in urban Alaska better serve their Alaska Native students, communicate across cultural differences, and incorporate Alaska Native Ways of Knowing and Learning into their classrooms. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education Program, ECCI has operated across the state of Alaska for the last fifteen years.

During the program, educators receive graduate-level credit for completing coursework in cross-culturally competent pedagogy, enhanced by an immersion experience at an Alaska Native Culture Camp. Educators attend a 1.5 day orientation in late May, travel to a Culture Camp during the summer, attend a 1.5 day debrief in September, and submit reflective coursework.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

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Program 3

The Creating Cultural Competence of Rural Early Career Teachers Project (C3-2

The Creating Cultural Competence of Rural Early Career Teachers Project (C3-2) provides a unique experience for teachers new to the Lower Kuskokwim and Northwest Arctic regions of Alaska to better understand the traditions, heritage, values, and culture of their new home.

The humanities can be viewed as a pathway to providing humans with an in-depth understanding of their environment through the culture of its people. Side-by-side with local youth, elders, and other regional culture bearers, C3-2 Project teachers will experience cultural immersion, reflective learning, and exploration of the environment to help better prepare them for teaching and continued learning in their new home.

Support will continue throughout the school year as C3-2 Project teachers are paired with a local cultural mentor from their village. First and second year teachers, new to the profession, will also be paired with a master teacher through the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project (ASMP).

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

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Program 4

Take Wing Alaska

Take Wing Alaska assists students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District with the transition to urban, post-secondary education. Beginning at the end of the sophomore year and continuing through high school graduation, each student participates in three immersion experiences on the campuses of University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Take Wing Alaska guides the students in focusing not only on academic skills, but also inherent cultural strengths they can refer to and rely upon in the midst of a challenging life shift. Program staff maintains regular contact with Take Wing Alaska participants through phone calls, emails, social media, newsletters, and check-ins with students and their family members. A final component includes on-site clubs to facilitate social and emotional learning.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 5

Leadership Anchorage

Leadership Anchorage is the premier leadership development program for established and emerging Alaskan leaders seeking to expand their impact in the community. We recruit a diverse cadre of leaders with a range of experiences. The focus is to deepen leadership capacity in individuals by learning through the lens of humanities, diverse group experiences, and personal reflection; all in the context of the dynamic issues leaders of Alaska currently face.

Leadership Anchorage strives to provide a "full experience" in leadership training development. Diverse participants build a network of peers, are nurtured through a mentor relationship that often continues beyond the program, prepare and implement a community service project and apply their leadership training throughout the program. Participants emerge from the program prepared to advance in and fill new leadership roles, fueled by the desire to tackle a diverse array of community problems and challenges. The program seeks to ensure that the leadership of our city represents all of its citizens.

Leadership Anchorage is designed to introduce leaders across a range of experiences- from establishing to "emerging/promising leaders" in all sectors of our community, including business, government, non-profit, neighborhood, and ethnic organizations. We build a community of accomplished professionals and civic leaders in Anchorage and Alaska. Our goal is to make sure these leadership voices are heard and are at the table in the mix of city and statewide decision-making.

Consequently, group diversity is essential. Individuals proceed through ten rigorous, full-day sessions of interviews, speaker presentations, readings and group activities designed to facilitate the development of critical leadership skill sets. The keystones of the program include: one-on-one mentoring with an individual jointly selected by participants and the program leader, a group project fulfilling an expressed need in the community, and a series of readings and exercises that bring the humanities to life. When a Leadership Anchorage class graduates, the community is enriched with individuals who know how to get things done, know how to operate in a diverse world, and think carefully about the ethical and personal demands of leadership.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 6

Grants

The Alaska Humanities Forum's Grant Program funds humanities-based projects. In order to fulfill its mission, the Forum supports grant projects that:

Educate the public in the humanities and pass on the values, methods, and wisdom of the humanities to future generations of Alaskans.

Create access to humanities resources and experiences.
Engage the public in civic dialogue and exchange.
Preserve our history.

Explore a sense of personal identity and a sense of place through history, traditions, and new ideas that support our living heritage.

Promote cross-cultural awareness and empathy.
Apply traditional bodies of wisdom to present concerns.

There are two grant programs at the Forum:

Annual Grants: Funding up to $10,000 for general humanities projects.

Mini Grants: The smallest grant program with funding up to $2,000. These projects have a rolling deadline.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Service Areas

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Alaska

The Alaska Humanities Forum serves people and communities across the state of Alaska - we award grants and conduct programs throughout the state, from rural villages to our major cities.

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ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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President & CEO

Kameron Perez-Verdia

BIO

Kameron Holloway Perez-Verdia is a lifelong Alaskan with two decades of leadership experience in the non-profit and education sectors.

Most recently Mr. Perez-Verdia was Senior Director of Education Impact at United Way of Anchorage, where he helped to lead the 90% by 2020 Community Partnership, a collective impact initiative to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.

Mr. Perez-Verdia is currently a member of the Anchorage School Board. He is also the former President/CEO of Avant-Garde Learning Alliance, an Alaska nonprofit organization that works through partnerships to improve the capacity and effectiveness of Alaska's rural schools and community organizations.

Born in Alaska and raised in the Iñupiaq village of Point Barrow, Mr. Perez-Verdia grew up participating in traditional activities and listening to stories from Native elders like Arnold Brower Sr. and Martha Aiken. He graduated from Barrow High School and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound. He holds an MBA, with an emphasis in executive leadership, from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He has earned leadership certifications from Center for Human Systems and Harvard University's Kennedy School for Executive Education.

Mr. Perez-Verdia lives in Anchorage with his wife Monica, who is a nurse, and two young children, Isabel and Mariela.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Catkin Kilcher Burton

Eagles Enterprises

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