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NEWS_SHI offering scholarships to museum, art studies students

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Initiative part of vision to make Juneau Northwest Coast arts capital

Dec. 5, 2022

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Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is offering scholarships to students majoring in art and museum studies under a program operated in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico.

The program, which offers $1,000 to $5,000 per scholarship recipient, is part of a larger effort to support an Alaska Native arts associate degree or certificate at UAS and a studio arts and museum studies degree at IAIA.

As part of the program, SHI is offering scholarships for the 2023 academic year to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing arts and science degrees with a focus in studio arts, performing arts, cinematic arts and technology, or creative writing, and who incorporate Northwest Coast arts studies in their degree; or a degree with a concentration in museum studies.

“The scholarship program is also part of our goal to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital and to designate Northwest Coast art a national treasure,” said SHI President Rosita Worl.

Scholarships are available to Alaska Native students who are enrolled in Northwest Coast arts courses at UAS or arts courses at IAIA. Museum studies students may be enrolled at any US college. The application deadline is Dec. 16, 2022.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Kathy Dye, SHI Communications and Publications Deputy Director, 907.321.4636,

Caption: SHI museum interns with artist Lily Hope in SHI’s collections vault. Photo by Kaila Cogdill, courtesy of SHI. Note: news outlets are welcome to use this photo for coverage of this story. For a higher-res version, contact