This summer Alaska Arts Education Consortium is planning to hold 4 separate Arts Institutes for teachers, paras, administrators and other interested educators. The focus of each varies according to the theme, the length, and the host community.

If you wish to register, please click on the title of the institute or the “View Details” button next to the Institute you wish to attend.

This year we need a $50 deposit.

  • If you are going to pay for yourself or be reimbursed by your district after the event, do not click on the $50 deposit button but the regular registration button (member or non-member) where you can either pay the $50 on deposit or the entire fee.
  • If you are expecting a scholarship from Sealaska, your district, or elsewhere, click on the $50 deposit button.  This money will be refunded when you attend or if you withdraw within 30 days of the start of the Institute.

Note:  As of 4/13/17 AAEC and Bering Straits School District had to cancel the Unaklakleet Special Education and the Arts Institute due to low enrollment.  However all other institutes are open and the teacher-leaders are eagerly planning for dynamic weeks of arts education!

Attached is a flyer with an overview of all the AAEC 2017 Summer Institutes:

2017-Institute-Overview-Flyer.pdf (207 downloads)


“Oh man! This was the most fun ever! I want to go to an Arts Institute every single year! Will you really do an Advanced Institute? I totally want in. I would just keep going to Basic ones too. Please don’t ever stop doing this. It’s so important, so useful and will make students so happy, enriched.” (participant, Nome Basic 2016)


  • Sitka Basic Arts Institute
    June 5, 2017 - June 16, 2017
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

2017 Sitka Basic Arts Institute

Unraveling the Layers:  Arts, Culture and Technology Integration (2 weeks)

Sitka, June 5-16, Hosted on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus

“The People of the Northwest Coast were rich. Their sea even richer.
They were enormously energetic, and they centered their society
around what was to them the essence of life: what we now call ‘art’.”

Bill Reid, Haida Artist

Legend tells us that the art, science and technology of weaving a naaxein, or Chilkat robe, was learned by unraveling, studying and reconstructing a robe given to the Tlingit by the Tsimshian. Our SSD Arts, Culture & Technology Committee is sponsoring a dynamic Basic Arts Institute for K-12 educators. In this two-week summer program participants will unravel and examine culturally responsive instruction by investigating current brain research, a variety of arts, and innovative technology. Participants in this institute will:

  • Develop an integrated lesson to use in the 2017-18 school year
  • Explore techniques for integrating the arts and technology into various curriculum areas
  • Work closely with teaching artists and culture bearers

“On the boat, watching the expanse of the land unfold before my eyes.
Knowing it looked exactly like this 200 years ago 1,000 years ago.
Imagining and visualizing life as a young man…
on the shores of the bay is a glimpse of what loss of Native lands
meant to the people in terms of the tragic stories told.”

(Participant, Sitka Advanced Arts Institute 2016)

In partnership with the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, teaching artists were recruited from around the state and the lower 48, and the ACT Committee chose the following team:

Shelly Toon Lindberg: Shelley is a visual artist, teaching artist, and creative collaborator based in Hood River, Oregon. She loves working with students of all ages to explore interdisciplinary connections, environmental awareness, and intercultural understanding while asserting that we all have something of value to express through the arts.

Nathan Shafer: Nathan is a media artist living in Alaska specializing in augmented reality and digital humanities. He has received two Rasmuson Individual Artist Awards. His work with the Anchorage School District focuses on middle school students and autism.

Kathleen Kingsley: Kathleen is a teaching artist, dancer, choreographer and K-8 teacher based in Tecolote, New Mexico. She has received training with the Kennedy Center. Kathleen has taught workshops in introduction to arts/dance integrations in general, on movement and brain development, and on integrating dance within the context of Expeditionary Learning.

George Holly: George is Koyukon Athabaskan. His family comes from Holy Cross. He is the 2014 recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellow award. He has been writing and performing original music for 20 years using his talents to support the native language revitalization movement in Alaska.

After you complete your registration, please return to this page or go to to complete the Sitka Fine Arts Camp housing request form. 

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Housing Request form for 2017 

(907-747-3085, (more…)

  • Juneau 'Basic and Beyond' Arts Institute
    July 24, 2017 - August 4, 2017
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Juneau ‘Basic and Beyond’ Arts Institute

Scholarships for 20 Juneau, Angoon or Hoonah teachers have been increased!

Attention Juneau, Angoon and Hoonah Teachers:   Sealaska is supporting this Institute through grant funds and has increased the scholarship offer to 20 teachers only.  Sealaska will cover the cost of your registration ($495) and will pay each teacher $250 per week or a total of $500 for attending the Institute. This will be paid directly to you when you finish the Institute and submit required lesson plan.  (The number of people signed will be monitored and once 20 is reached we will start a waitlist and note that here.)  If you are registering as a scholarship recipient, choose the $50 option to hold your place.

Total scholarships offered–20   Scholarships presently available–8 ; We will hold a waiting list of 5 people because we always have attrition.

Credits–There are 4 Ed 593 credits available for the total cost of $90.  Registration is on-line at UAS.  Course title:  ST:  Juneau Basic & Beyond, course reference # 52257.

About this Institute

This year the 2-week Basic Arts Institute is taking on a new look.  We are partnering with UAS on their inaugural year of ‘The Rainforest Series’.

During the first week participants will work with teacher-leaders to learn how to apply brain research into their classroom practice and understand how the arts increase student engagement and achievement. Participants will experience various art forms and explore activities that they can use to integrate the visual and performing arts into their classrooms/curriculums. Participants will begin work on a final project–a detailed lesson plan that is part of a larger instructional unit that integrates the arts and reflects the use of local indigenous knowledge and art forms in K-12 classrooms.  These will be completed, with on-going assistance, during the second week.

The second week the Basic attendees will join in ‘The Rainforest Series’.  This includes 3 days of writing, visual art, and performing art in the context of ‘Indigenous Arts Embody Living History’. During this time the Basic co-hort will continue to consider their curriculum and how they can integrate a strong cultural component into their lesson plan.   On Thursday of the second week the co-hort will work with the Basic and Beyond teacher-leader to complete their work and on Friday share in the final presentations and celebration with all participants from both weeks.

Details about the second week at:


Rainforest-Flyer.pdf (57 downloads)


Juneau-Basic-2017-final.pdf (170 downloads)


“The whole program was woven together – amazingly well thoughout.”  (Participant, Nome Basic Arts Institute 2016)

The Institute will begin with a welcome dinner on Sunday, July 23rd and will conclude mid-day on August 4, 2017.   All educators are welcome. Housing is available on-campus for an additional cost.

Registration Notes:  When you register please pay a $50 deposit to hold your spot.

If you are paying your own registration (this includes those whose district will reimburse them when complete) go to Institute Registration. There you can select the amount of the registration you will owe–$495 for member districts and $600 for non-member districts.

If your registration fee will be paid by your district or another organization, please choose the option that says $50 Reserve a Spot Deposit. Your deposit will be refunded after your registration is paid in full, or if you cancel 30 or more days in advance.


  • Anchorage Arts are Exceptional Institute
    July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Arts are Exceptional:  Strategies in Arts Integration for working with SPED Students (1 week)

Anchorage, Anchorage School District  •  July 31 – August 4

This five day AAEC Special Topics Arts Institute is an opportunity for educators, teaching artists, and para-professionals from all regions of Alaska to learn how to increase participation in the arts for students with disabilities through readings and discussions, hands-on arts activities and multi-media presentations.

Expert teacher-leaders will lead daily sessions in theory and application and participants will actively investigate visual  and performing arts, focusing on best practices when working with students with disabilities.  Teacher-leaders will represent a variety of the arts including visual, drama, music and movement. Each participant will develop either a lesson plan or a PPA (personal plan of action) showing how they will apply what they have learned to increase art participation.  Three (3) Ed 597 credits are available through UAA for $114.  Registration information will be sent to you before the Institute.

Scholarships:  AAEC is providing 20 $100 scholarships to the first 20 teachers to sign up and attend this Institute.  The $100 will be paid after completing the training.  (A waiting list of up to 5 names will be held because there is always attrition.)   SCHOLARSHIPS GONE.  But the whole week only costs $249 so join us anyway!

“Art can level the playing field for students with disabilities.”  (Participant, Fairbanks Arts are Exceptional Institute, 2016, photo above)

A poster advertising this institute is below:

2017-Anchorage-Arts-are-Exceptional-Final.pdf (174 downloads)