This summer Alaska Arts Education Consortium is planning to hold 3 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 (285 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)


  • Juneau 'Basic and Beyond' Arts Institute
    July 24, 2017 - August 4, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Juneau ‘Basic and Beyond’ Arts Institute

Scholarships Juneau, Angoon, Hoonah and Hydaburg teachers!

Attention Juneau, Angoon, Hoonah and Hydaburg 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 

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 (182 downloads)


Juneau-Basic-2017-final.pdf (252 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 (252 downloads)