• Sitka Basic Arts Institute
    June 5, 2017 - June 16, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 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 http://bit.ly/sitkahousing2017 to complete the Sitka Fine Arts Camp housing request form. 

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Housing Request form for 2017 

(907-747-3085, office@fineartscamp.org)

UAS Credit – 4 ED 593 credits are available to participants at the cost of approximately $100.  Registration will be available at the beginning of the Institute.

This institute is supported in part by the Sitka Committee which includes the Sitka School District, the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Sitka Tribe.

If you have questions about the Institute, please leave a message in the comments section below or e-mail barbshort@gmail.com




John Brady Drive, Sitka, Alaska, 99835, United States

Rasmusen Building