The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), which is funded by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, awarded more than $44,900 in grants to Alaska artists and arts organizations in its third quarter, which ended last month.

Funding went into five different categories, including community arts development, career opportunity, master artist and apprentice in traditional Native arts, artist in schools and Walker Arts Grant.

Last quarter, the council awarded more than $32,700 -- or $12,200 less than this quarter.

The council aims to foster the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnership, grants and services. All grant funding is contingent on the State of Alaska's appropriation.