1D: Strength of Niche: An Inuit Art Foundation Case Study
Alysa is a passionate and dedicated arts advocate who has worked closely with Inuit artists throughout her career. She is the Executive Director of the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) and Publisher of the award-winning Inuit Art Quarterly (IAQ). Under her leadership, the IAF successfully launched several signature programs including the Igloo Tag Trademark, which protects artists from cultural appropriation and theft; the Inuit Artist Database, an unprecedented biographical resource for artists to receive support in creating online CVs; and the inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award, which supports an established Inuit artist in pursuing an artistic residency. As Publisher of IAQ, Alysa oversaw a full redesign of the magazine in conjunction with the IAF’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and led the magazine to its first National Magazine Award in 2018.