Sitka Fest Program Overview

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BASIC ARTS INSTITUTE

June 2-14

Arts educators from around Alaska come together for an intensive two-week immersion program of workshops and classes sponsored by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium in partnership with the Sitka Tribe, Sitka School District and Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Acclaimed Cultural Arts educator Nancy Douglas and faculty from around the U.S. lead workshops on a range of topics, from advances in brain research and Alaska Native arts to music, dance and visual arts.  The goal of the BAI is to educate and support teachers in a way that will enable them to better teach the arts across the curriculum and promote high achievement of all Alaskan students in and through the arts.

SITKA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 1-July 6

Bringing the world’s finest classical musicians to Sitka for a month of glorious chamber music concerts and community events, the 42nd SSMF season features the Rubens Quartet (the Netherlands), pianists Piers Lane and Navah Perlman, violinist Gil Morgenstern, and Festival Artistic Director, cellist Zuill Bailey—plus many more. Community events include a family concert, crab feed, movie series, “Bach’s Lunch” series and the Allen Marine Chamber Cruise. Visit the SSMF website for programs, schedule additions and other information: http://www.sitkamusicfestival.org

Strange Attractor Theatre Company

Performance: June 15, 2:30 pm

In residence at the SFAC, the Strange Attractor Theatre Company presents: Enlightenment on E Floor North — a new, original theatrical performance investigating the difficult discussion of work life in America. Investigating the world of museum security guards, Strange Attractor uses their character-driven, highly physical, and outlandishly absurd acting style to reveal what actually happens when people pass the time while on the clock! Tickets are $10, on sale at Old Harbor Books and at the door.

http://www.strangeattractor.org

SITKA FINE ARTS CAMP

June 10-July 14

Nationally recognized for its cutting edge arts camps, the SFAC provides youth and adults with the opportunity to develop artistic interests and skills under the direction of internationally-acclaimed instructors in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing and Alaskan Native Arts. Each summer over 700 students attend camp. Public events include free exhibitions, art demonstrations and nightly performance “art shares” by students and faculty. See the new SFAC website for further information: http://www.fineartscamp.org.

Adult Camp: June 10-14

Elementary Camp, June 10-14

Middle-school Camp, June 16-29

High-school Camp, June 30-July 14

Music Theater Camp; July 14-28

Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop

July 20-27; Concert: July 21, 7 pm

One of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time, Dee Daniels presents a week-long workshop for students of all ages with award-winning vocalist, arranger and composer Charenee Wade. Covering vocal technique, improvisation, theory, storytelling, stage presence and more, this dynamic new program within the Sitka Fine Arts Camp includes a performance with Daniels, Wade and the Native Jazz Quartet at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

http://www.deedaniels.com

The Island Institute

A New Literature of Resilience

July 17—19

Everything is changing. Old options about how to live and how to understand ourselves are melting away just as surely as the ice. We don’t know what life-ways and worldviews will replace old ones or where new ideas will come from, but we do know that the imagining must begin. This gathering brings together a group of women writers, including Vietnamese novelist lê thi diem thúy and Mother Jones contributor Julia Whitty, to explore new strong stories about who we are, how we should live, and what our purpose is on this changing planet. Daylong events for “A New Literature of Resilience” take place around the SJ campus.

www.islandinstitutealaska.org

Native Jazz Workshop

Workshop: July 15-20

CD Release Concert: July 17, 7:30 pm

Offering students of all ages a unique opportunity to be part of an evolving new genre of music–the fusion of traditional native and folk melodies with jazz–this unique workshop covers the key elements of composition, theory, arranging and performance. Students study with members of the internationally-acclaimed Native Jazz Quartet (official 2013-14 Jazz Ambassadors of the United States), Reuel Lubag (piano), Jason Marsalis (vibes) and co-directors Ed Littlefield (drums) and Christian Fabian (bass).

http://www.nativejazzworkshop.com

TEDxSITKA

Saturday, July 20. Registration begins at noon. Fee: $25 (limited availability)

Returning by popular demand, TEDxSitka brings together local, national and international speakers presenting 18-minute talks on a variety of topics, including our relationship with food, the nature of creativity, the meaning of community, etc. Speakers range from Camas Davis, founder of the Portland Meat Collective and Steve Grody, author of “Graffiti L.A.” to award-winning Vietnamese novelist lê thi diem thúy and W.T. McRae, clown and artist-teacher at the New Victory Theater on Broadway. Prepare to be inspired!

July 20, 1–6 pm

https://www.facebook.com/TEDxSitka?fref=ts

THE NATIVE JAZZ WORKSHOP

Workshop: July 15-20

CD Release Concert: July 17, 7:30 pm

Offering students of all ages a unique opportunity to be part of an evolving new genre of music–the fusion of traditional native and folk melodies with jazz–this unique workshop covers the key elements of composition, theory, arranging and performance. Students study with members of the internationally-acclaimed Native Jazz Quartet (official 2013-14 Jazz Ambassadors of the United States), Reuel Lubag (piano), Jason Marsalis (vibes) and co-directors Ed Littlefield (drums) and Christian Fabian (bass).

www.nativejazzworkshop.com 

THE SITKA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

August 1-3

A community-wide culinary festival designed to celebrate wild Alaskan seafood. Each year, the SSF brings in celebrity chefs and presents a wide range of public events. On the final day, the public is invited to participate in the seafood-themed parade leading from downtown Sitka to the SJ Campus on Saturday, August 3 at 11am. Once on campus, visitors can choose from any number of games and contests, ranging from a “fish head toss” to the 2nd annual Highland Games. The addition of a full- and halfmarathon is sure to boost the energy. With educational and entertainment booths at our Marketplace, live bands, cooking demos and tours, and of course, the best food around, this is sure to be the party of the summer.

http://www.sitkaseafoodfestival.org

SHELDON JACKSON MUSEUM

Open daily 9-5

Known worldwide for its rare collection of 19th-century artifacts from each of the Native groups in Alaska, the SJ Museum offers two exciting public programs this summer: The popular Native Artist Demonstrators Program in which Alaskan master artists share their work, answer questions and offer workshops and lectures. This year’s artists include Roy Levine, Peter Williams, Abel Ryan, Selena Alexander, Emily Johnston, Sarah Williams, Jennie Wheeler and Daisy Demientieff, among others.

At Saxán (Love of all Things), held on the third Saturday of each month, includes handson activities and special events to connect young people and their families with the collection and learn about Alaska Native cultures and traditions.

For further information, call the museum or check their website because schedules are subject to change, and some Saturday public programs require pre-registration.

www.museums.alaska.gov/sheldon_jackson/sjhome.html

907.747.8981

THE SITKA SOUND SCIENCE CENTER

Dedicated to increasing our understanding of the land and ocean ecosystems of th Gulf of Alaska through education and research, the SSSC provides tours and public programs to over 12,000 visitors a year. Many come to visit the fully operational salmon hatchery or experience the Molly Ahlgren Aquarium, which has spectacular touch tanks filled with local tide pool fauna. The SSSC offers a range of summer camps for young folks (1st-6th grade) that engage with the local forest and marine ecosystems.

In addition, visiting scientists from prestigious educational and research institutions—Scripps Ocenaographic, Woods Hole, Duke, Stanford, Yale and NOAA–conduct research at the center year-round.

June 17—21: Ooey Gooey Camp (1st—3rd grade)

Make, Create & Fascinate (4th—6th grade)

June 24—28: A Swirl of Art & Science, in collaboration with SFAC (4th—6th grade)

July 9—12: Under the Sea (1st-3rd grade)

Animal Olympics (4th—6th grade)

http://www.sitkasoundsciencecenter.org

SITKA FELLOWS PROGRAM

July 17-August 31

A multidisciplinary residency program now in its second year, the Sitka Fellow program provides the space and time for artists, intellectuals and social entrepreneur to immerse themselves fully in innovative and ambitious projects that will change the world in ways big, small and subtle. Fellows are in residence for seven weeks an provided with studio and research space, meals and a community environment in which they can interact with each other as well as with local Sitkans. The residency is envisioned as an opportunity for young talent to share their individual passions with a diverse community – that is, to inspire and to be inspired.

http://www.sitkafellows.org

PATHS ACROSS THE PACIFIC CONFERENCE

“Shared oceans, Shared humanity, Shared responsibility”

August 14-18

What evidence is there that humans crossed the Pacific Ocean in prehistoric times? Exploring the notion of how human beings are connected by our oceans and their resources, this year’s conference draws on archaeology, oceanography, molecular anthropology, geography, and marine biology along with knowledge from Native American traditions in our exploration of human migrations across our planet’s oceans.

Session topics include: Ocean Currents and Gyres: Earthquakes, Tsunami And Debris; Island and Coastal Archaeology; Kayaks, Canoes, Rafts, Boats and Navigational Knowledge and Disasters and Human Migrations. Beachcombing adventures are available as well. Visit the Paths’ website for a schedule, registration details and further information.

http://www.pathsacrossthepacific.org

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