Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits

Program Partners

Background, Roles and Key Personnel

Rasmuson Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation is a private family foundation that works as a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans.

Since its founding and first grant of $125 in 1955, the Foundation has supported Alaskan non-profit organizations in the pursuit of their goals, with particular emphasis on organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose, and cautious use of resources. The vision and values established by Elmer Rasmuson continue to guide the Foundation today. The Foundation awards approximately $30 million annually to help improve the quality of life in Alaska.

The Foundation Board, with its statewide perspective and expertise, focuses on requests that allow an organization to become more efficient and effective in improving the quality of life for Alaskans. The Board looks favorably on organizations which demonstrate broad community support, superior fiscal management, and matching project support. The Foundation recognizes the long-term benefit of developing partnerships between funding agencies and strives to leverage funding from multiple sources.


EmcArts is a social enterprise for adaptive learning and innovation across the arts and culture field. We serve as a nonprofit intermediary for many arts funders, and as a service provider for the arts field around innovation.  We exist to strengthen the capacities and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, serving their needs in the design and management of innovative change, and assisting them in building their adaptive capacity.  Through, we are a center for practitioners in the sector to share and learn about the power of effective innovation and adaptive change.

Building on our successful track record of leading New Pathways programs across the U.S., EmcArts will design and facilitate the New Pathways | Alaska Virtual Workshops and Participant Forums and will facilitate Incubating Innovation projects.

Key Personnel:

Richard Evans, President
Melissa Dibble, Managing Director
Karina Mangu-Ward, Director of Activating Innovation
Louise Brooks, Manager of Local Programs
Kendra Danowski, ArtsFwd Editor & Engagement Coordinator

The Foraker Group

The Foraker Group will provide logistical support to New Pathways | Alaska and will provide mentoring, facilitation, and onsite coaching to arts organizations as they move through the program.

Alaska State Council on the Arts

The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services. We value supporting contemporary art while preserving traditional cultures and celebrating the diversity of Alaska, the necessity of a thriving arts and culture sector, and the importance of local arts infrastructure to serve all Alaskan communities. With this foundation, we work to cultivate awareness and support of arts and culture, promote equitable and accessible high-quality arts education, expand Alaska’s artistic vitality, and build vibrant communities through the arts.

Following the program launch at the ASCA Conference in May 2014, ASCA will continue to convene the arts and culture sector throughout the duration of the program, to ensure access to learning from New Pathways for arts practitioners of all kinds across the state.