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April 16, 2009

Art contest for Alaska Native artists pays $2,000 to winner

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking Alaska Native artists to compete in the 2009 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster Contest. The selected artist will receive $2,000 and their artwork will be reproduced into a poster for nationwide distribution.

Winning poster will kick off the 2009 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

The USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will use the poster to kick-off the 2009 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in November. The poster provides an opportunity to share the history and culture of Alaska Natives and their contributions. The contest takes place in different regions around the country each year and we are pleased Alaska is hosting it this year.

Please extend this opportunity to your Tribal and shareholder artists. Only one piece of artwork will be selected for the 2009 American Indian Heritage Month poster. The theme for this year is Our Land, Our Animals, Our People: We Are One.

Details of the art contest include:

Only Alaska Native and American Indian artists are invited to submit their artwork.

Each artist must notify Molly Voeller at (907) 761-7749 or molly.voeller@ak.usda.gov by June 30, 2009, if they will be submitting artwork.

The artist can provide one original piece of artwork. If 2-dimensional, it should be 18 inches by 24 inches, and if 3-dimensional, it should be no less than 6 inches and no greater than 3 feet in size. All pieces must be ready for reproduction or professional photography.

A short story or description about the artwork must be included. Maximum length is 200 words.

Artwork should reflect the theme Our Land, Our Animals, Our People: We are One.

The artwork must be delivered to Molly Voeller, Alaska NRCS Public Affairs Specialist, USDA NRCS State Office, 800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100, Palmer, AK 99645, by July 1, 2009. Shipping damages are at the artist’s risk.

NRCS will purchase the artwork from the artist at the rate of $2,000.

NRCS and the selected artist will sign a contractual agreement to set forth the terms of procurement and rights of the two parties.

NRCS has the right to reproduce and distribute copies of the artwork at its discretion.

View Previous Winning Artwork

Posters of previous winning artwork are available to view at this website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/NEWS/thisweek/2008/110508/indianposters.html

We hope Alaska Native artists take advantage of this opportunity to promote and share their heritage and showcase their talent. For questions, contact Molly Voeller at (907) 761-7749

AUTHOR: Molly Voeller

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