This year AAEC is holding three (3) Arts Institutes (see flyer below).

2018 Institute Overview Flyer

Online Registration is now open. Select the “View Details” button to Register for an event.

Event Phone: 907-322-6669

  • Mat-Su Arts Institute
    May 20, 2018 - May 23, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

AAEC Arts Institute:

Sustaining Best Practices:  Steppin’ Into the Arts

Mat-su SAMS (Summer Institute at Mat-su)

Wasilla, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School •  May 20 – 23, 2018

This 4-day Basic Arts Institute, is designed to help teachers enrich their curriculum and raise student engagement through hands-on arts and culture activities that lead to an enhanced ability to integrate arts and culture into their classroom. With the help of 3 highly qualified teacher-leaders, participants will explore theoretical, cultural and performance arts and adaptive visual arts activities, skills and techniques.

During the Institute attendees will be immersed in both reflecting on and participating in multiple forms of the arts, considering classroom application and arts integration. Participants will be expected to submit a final project by June 1.  This will either be a short lesson plan or a personal plan of action (PPA).

Intended Audience:  This Institute is being held in conjunction with the Summer Academy at Mat-su (SAMS).  Mat-su participants will register both with the school district and on this website.  Educators from across Alaska are welcome and need to register below.  It will also be necessary to register at the Mat-su site and it will be posted here once it is open.


Event Phone: 907-322-6669

  • Anchorage Arts are Exceptional Institute
    May 28, 2018 - June 1, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Arts are Exceptional:  Special Education and the Arts (4 days)

Anchorage, Anchorage School District  •  May 28 – June 1

This four-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.

During the AAEC ‘Arts are Exceptional’ Institute, participants will attend sessions with three highly-qualified teacher-leaders that are experts in their fields, including visual arts, music, movement and special education.  In order to understand current theory and strategies, attendees will explore ways to teach arts with accommodations for students with cognitive and physical disabilities and learn techniques for strengthening learning for all students through arts integration.  This Institute is intended for arts specialists, K-8 classroom teachers, and special education staff.  Participants will begin work on a lesson plan or a personal plan of action (PPA) that will be submitted as a final project on June 8th.

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


Event Phone: 907-322-6669

  • Bethel Multicultural Arts Institute
    July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Bethel Multicultural Arts Institute

Bethel Regional High School •  July 30 – August 3, 2018 • 3 credits available

Multicultural education is an educational philosophy that focuses on recognizing, in a classroom setting,  differences and the importance of incorporating techniques and materials that make the classroom a more aware and welcoming learning environment.   During this 5-day event, participants will use the arts as a venue through which to recognize and understand our own culture first and throughout the week consider and apply ways that we can transform classrooms in positive ways.  More information to follow at this site.

Plan on arriving on Sunday as there will be a welcome dinner on Sunday, 29th.

Intended Audience:  Any educators

Registration and fees:  All participants should register through the link below.  When registering please pay either the entire cost or a $50 deposit to hold your space.  (If not attending please advise 1 month in advance or forfeit deposit.  Thank you.)

  • Member District Teachers                 $249
  • Non-member District Teachers         $350



(AAEC institutes are supported by District membership, participants, local school districts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Kennedy Center VSA, and Regional Alaska Native groups.)