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Engaging Students in Arts & Culture Institute

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

Wasilla, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School
May 28 – 31, 2019

Mat-Su-Arts-Institute-Flyer.pdf (426 downloads )

2 Ed 590 Pass/fail Credits available

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 may be asked to submit a final project reflecting on their learning and plans for application.

Intended Audience:  Any educator.  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 details and a link will be posted here once it is open.  This institute is supported by a partnership between the  Alaska Arts Education Consortium and the Mat-su School District.

Teacher-leaders for this Institute are:

Allison Little

Mat-su visual art teacher and special education enthusiast

As Allison wrote:  I have had the pleasure of combing two of my greatest joys, Art and Teaching, which has resulted in a job that is rewarding on a daily basis. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I have been teaching for 15 years, taking a ten year break to raise my daughters and get my art career started. I have been at Wasilla High School for the last 9 years. Through the media and language of Art, I build relationships, confidence, and the next generation of artists. The daily variety of teaching art to my college bound AP Art students and then my Adaptive Art students simply reinforces the reality that art is a universal language and so needed in our schools. I balance school with a very busy home life of four daughters, one more away at Western Washington University. My metal artwork has been shown in local galleries and juried exhibitions around the state. All of this is possible simply because, I love my job, and my school.

Brian Hutton

Bio coming soon

Camillia LaRochelle

As Cami was born the year Alaska became a state, lived a nomadic lifestyle moving with the seasons, until we settled in Kotlik to attend BIA school.  Next was a Roman Catholic Mission in St. Mary’s, AK then off to college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I received my degree and Teaching Certificate.  I taught in public schools for 14 years and home schooled my children and a nephew for 6 years.  I incorporated cultural activities in all my teaching including native dance, song, storytelling, demonstration of subsistence activities, sewing, beading and traditional games and short plays.  My 6th grade teacher said, “Learn to love reading, then you can accomplish anything.” I took his advise and traveled to many lands, learned of various cultures and many joys, dramas and dreams through books I continue to learn daily through reading and continue to take classes.

My Yup’ik name is Kamluq or Iyakungaq, Inupiaq name Tuaqkuan and English name is Camillia Larochelle.


Mat-su teachers–Please register at  that we can have you complete a survey for the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.  The information collected in the survey not only helps us ready for the Institute, but data is used in applying for grants.  At the end of the survey hit continue and you will be done.  There is no fee for Mat-su teachers.

If you have questions about the Institute, please email barbshort@gmail.com

  • Mat-Su Arts Institute
     May 28, 2019 - May 31, 2019
     8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Venue Website:

2472 N Seward Meridian, Wasilla, Alaska, 99654, United States

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