Kindling Conversation brings people together for short, thoughtful discussions on themes central to life in Alaska. A facilitator, chosen by your group, leads a conversation for 5-30 participants using the materials supplied by the Alaska Humanities Forum.


Anyone may host a Community Conversation. Individuals, tax-exempt organizations, and schools in Alaska are eligible to receive a $200 stipend to help defray the cost of hosting the program. You receive the funds after hosting the event and submitting participant surveys and a short final report.

If you have questions about finding a facilitator for your conversation, please contact us at


Kindling Conversation gatherings may be scheduled at any time of the year. Applications must be submitted at least 1 week prior to a scheduled event.

Kindling Conversation Stipend recipients must host their community conversation within 3 months of receiving notification of acceptance.


Conversation hosts must apply for a stipend before hosting a conversation. Applications received after the conversation has been held will not be considered. In order to be eligible for the $200 Stipend, the community conversation must be at least an hour-long and have at least five participants apart from the facilitator/host. The organization must acknowledge the Alaska Humanities Forum in event promotion and during the event itself. Finally, the organization must submit a short final report within 3 weeks of the completion of the conversation. This final report includes attendance information, evaluation surveys to be completed by conversation participants, and a brief (<500 words) reflection by the facilitator. Photographs are encouraged but not required.


The Kindling Conversations Stipend is an unrestricted stipend to defray the cost of promoting, hosting, and facilitating the event. The Stipend recipient may choose to use the grant to cover food, advertising, printing, facilitation, or facilities fees, or anything else.


At this time, we are offering only one Stipend per organization or individual. Stipend recipients may contact the grants office if they wish to host additional conversations after submitting their final report to see if there are funds available for additional sessions.

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You don't need to be an expert, a professor, or a professional to make an impact on the cultural life of Alaska. If you cherish the richness that history, literature, and lifelong learning have added to your life and feel moved to help create an Alaska where the humanities inspire citizens to engage with ideas and one another, you can make a difference.

The Alaska Humanities Forum seeks active change-makers and community leaders, listeners and storytellers, fund raisers and friend raisers from across the state to join its board of directors. Board members can offer diverse perspectives, but are all committed to encouraging dialogue and sharing the stories that move us and make us Alaskans.

The board sets the Alaska Humanities Forum's policy and direction, and board members raise funds and strengthen the organization's statewide network of partners. The board meets quarterly (with additional committee work conducted via conference call or in person), and members serve a three-year term with the possibility of reelection to a second term.

To nominate a board member, please fill out the form here. Self-nominations are accepted

Once elected, Board Members are expected to:  


  • Determine,      understand, and support the organization’s mission.
  • Be knowledgeable      about the organization’s major programs.
  • Convene and participate      in long range visioning and strategic planning to ensure the organization’s      future ability to carry out its mission.


  • Establish fiscal      policy and boundaries, including budgets and financial controls.
  • Make a      meaningful annual gift commensurate with personal ability.
  • Assist in      fundraising by, for example, identifying prospective donors, personally      asking others to make a contribution, signing thank you notes, or making      thank you phone calls to contributors.


  • Set policies for      the organization’s operation and guide its general course from year to      year.
  • Select,      evaluate and, if necessary, terminate the appointment of the chief      executive.
  • Ensure that the      provisions of the organization’s charter and the law are being followed.
  • Attend      meetings in person or via      teleconference.
  • Serve on at      least one committee of the board.
  • Recommend      qualified individuals with relevant skills and experience as possible      nominees for the board.

Important as it is to understand what the duties of directors include, it is equally important to understand what they do not include.

Directors should not:

  • Engage in the      day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Hire staff other      than the chief executive.
  • Make detailed programmatic decisions more appropriately left to staff.

Please be sure to inform the candidate that the selection process involves several stages and is affected by a number of factors that do not in any way reflect on the quality of his or her candidacy. These qualifying factors vary from year to year, and candidates who are not selected for this year’s slate may be invited to remain in the pool for future consideration.

The Alaska Humanities Forum