ERIC Number: ED390790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Arts in Alaska: 1994 Needs Assessment for the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
Craciun and Associates, Anchorage, AK.
This research report is a result of a desire to raise the capability of developing arts organizations, to stimulate artistic activity and awareness and to broaden public access to the arts and artists in rural areas defined as underserved communities. This document presents findings from the study which used Focus Groups as a framework for exploring the research objectives. In general, findings indicate that rural artist lack information about availability of materials, lack knowledge of how to deal with federal regulations, lack communication between artists, and lack knowledge about the market for rural artwork which severely disadvantages the rural authentic artists. The level of support for master artists and students of endangered art practices is ineffective, and the markets for selling their work are currently underdeveloped in the State of Alaska and elsewhere, and are most assuredly unknown to the artists themselves. Suggestions for correcting these deficiencies fall into three categories: (1) information and communication, to be addressed at local, state and national/international levels; (2) education, to be addressed through provision of educational opportunities and services; and (3) provision of marketing and technical assistance. After an Executive Summary, the document is organized into five sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Research Methodology"; (3) "Focus Groups of Seven Regions Studied"; (4) "Mini-Survey of Seven Regions Studied"; and (5) "Appendices." (MM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Art, Art Education, Art Materials, Art Products, Artists, Arts Centers, Community Services, Community Study, Community Surveys, Information Networks, Marketing, Needs Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Rural American Indians, Rural Economics, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Technical Assistance, Visual Arts
Alaska State Council on the Arts, 411 W. Fourth Ave., Suite IE, Anchorage, AK 99501-2343.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage.
Authoring Institution: Craciun and Associates, Anchorage, AK.