Arts

Performing and visual arts across Alaska.

At Anchorage library open mic, teen performers take center stage

Organized through the Anchorage Public Library, the teen open mic sessions are a way for young musicians and poets to practice performing in front of a live audience. Listen now

AK: Alaska Folk Festival: The state’s biggest talent show

The Alaska Folk Festival runs April 4th through 10th in Juneau. It’s a sure sign of spring for the hundreds of musicians from all over the state who come to play, jam and listen. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld caught up with a Juneau singer-songwriter. He’s one of many performers who are serious about their music, but don’t leave their day jobs. Download Audio

West High senior to defend Alaska’s national Poetry Out Loud title

Shannon Croft, a West High student, recently won the State Poetry Out Loud competition. Croft will travel to Washington D.C. in May to compete in the national championship. Download Audio

Sitka Sound Science center hatches new experiment

The Sitka Sound Science Center raises millions of salmon at the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery every year but recently the organization started nurturing another type of sea creature. Download Audio

Sitka High workshop teaches kids to make guitars, among other projects

Last week, 14 educators from around the state met at Sitka High School to learn how to make shop and engineering classes more engaging. Supported by a grant from the Alaska Department of Education, the group had a few days to build and wire their very own electric guitars. Download Audio

Turning ideas about racial equity into art

Anchorage graffiti artist Bisco transformed ideas about racial equity into art during a two-day summit.
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Cyrano’s theater honored by Governor

The annual Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities takes place tonight in the capital city. Awards will be given to outstanding Alaskans for their work in advancing art and humanities. One of tonight's recipients is Cyrano's theater company in Anchorage. Download Audio

Voices From Nome’s Dream Theater

Back in 1944, a 15-year-old Alaska Native girl named Alberta Schenck stood up against the segregated seating policy at Nome’s Dream Theater. Her case, paired with Elizabeth Peratrovich’s, was eventually instrumental in the passing of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska. That was 10 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and nearly 20 years before the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Download Audio

Sparc! Gives Artists A Way to Communicate When They May Otherwise Be Silent

Sparc! studio blends in with the line of shops and galleries in downtown Anchorage, but behind the displays of vivid paintings and sculptures, artists are learning more than just creative expression.

Zip Tie Polar Bears Adorn The Place of the Future-Ancient

How do you connect with the past and the future at the same time? For one artist, the start is through polar bear hides made of zip ties and an ancient Inupiaq whaling suit made of flexible plastic mesh. Allison Warden speaks about her newest project, The Place of the Future-Ancient.

Kinetic Energy, A Ball and An Unlikely Path to Art

An Eagle River man started with a pile of junk, a roll of wire, and an obsession, and ten years later, ended up with art. The ball obstacle course is on display in downtown Anchorage. Download Audio:

Visting Artist Merges Theater With Academics

Students at the Kodiak High School and Middle School dabbled in theatric storytelling last week. A handful of classrooms participated in a two week artist in schools program that culminated with a presentation of their work on Thursday. Listen Now

Summer Theater Training for Kids

Wondering how Anchorage youth are spending their summers? Listen to ATY and TBA talk about how they are providing excellent training for young actors and technicians and also what shows they have planned this week on Stage Talk. KSKA: Friday 7/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Bethel Getting New Grocery Store, Movie Theater

Bethel Native Corporation had big news for its shareholders over the weekend when it announced it will partner with Omni Corporation to build a brand new Swanson’s grocery store and a two-screen movie theater in Bethel. For the city and surrounding villages, the prospect of seeing a blockbuster on the big screen will be well worth the wait.

Contemporary Christmas at VPA and TBA Theater

Join Stage Talk hosts Mark and Jean as they chat with Shane Mitchell and John Fremin about two contemporary adaptations of Christmas plays running in Anchorage and Wasilla this holiday season. KSKA: Friday 12/9 2:45 pm

Holiday Theater in Anchorage and Eagle River

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... on stage. This week on Stage Talk directors from Alaska Theater of Youth (ATY) and Alaska Fine Arts Academy stop by to talk about the spirit of giving spreading on and off stage and their respective Christmas shows kicking off this weekend and next. Friday 12/2 at 2:45 pm

TBA Theater Presents Dracula and Frankiestein, Jr.

This week on Stage Talk, host Jean Paal chats with Shane Mitchell and Billy Worthy about TBA's two upcoming Halloween productions. For the little ones, Frankie Stein Junior takes science fair projects to new heights. Dracula audiences on the other hand can expect a good scare with lots biting, blood and fangs. The original Dracula script was written by director, Shane Mitchell. KSKA: Friday 10/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

The Winter Bear at the Wildberry Theater

Ann Hanley, author of The Winter Bear and actor Brian Westcott join Mark and Jean on Stage Talk. The play will be presented at the Wildberry Theater in Anchorage during the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference on October 20 and 22. This poignant play explores the causes of suicide among Alaska Natives. Friday 10/14 at 2:45 pm

UAA Dept. of Theater & Dance – Upcoming Season

With the university's semester starting up next week, they will talk about some of the great programs that the department has coming up this season.

Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez

Friday June 10 at 2:45 pm Playwrights, actors, directors, technical engineers, and theater aficionados will soon be flocking to Valdez, Alaska tor the 19th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference.