Ben Brown

My Turn: Alaska should support the NEA, ASCA

This is a time of change in Alaska, a direct result of the incontrovertible fact that we are facing the gravest budget crisis in the history of the Last Frontier since we joined the U.S. in 1959.

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My Turn: Ivory bans harmful to Native artists

The use of ivory in the creation of art and jewelry has become increasingly controversial in the past few years. Read more

My Turn: Helping veterans heal through art

The National Endowment for the Arts is the nation's federal agency charged with encouraging artistic activity in the U.S., and it is currently doing a truly great job in meeting its mission. Read more

My Turn: What the NEA means for the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is the national federal agency charged with encouraging artistic activity in the American people, for the... Read more

My Turn: International trading isn't a perfect art, but it's still a necessary one

Since the 2016 presidential race got underway, there has been a lot of talk, some of it angry and hostile, about globalization and free trade. Read more

My Turn: NATO needed as much today as ever

As the world becomes increasingly more complicated, and troubles in one place seem to jump around the globe in no time, we should consider international organizations and weigh if they make things better or worse for the United States of America. Read more

My Turn: Renowned Juneau-based Alaska Native artist wins prestigious fellowship

As summer continues to unfold, there is more exciting news about Alaskan art, in particular an Alaskan artist who is being honored with the nation's highest honor in the field of folk and traditional arts. Read more

My Turn: SB 154 a win for the art community

The past few weeks have seen some exciting and noteworthy news in the world of Alaskan arts. Read more

My Turn: Lawmakers have support for Permanent Fund solution

Anyone who's been paying attention to State Capitol happenings knows the State of Alaska is facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis. Read more

My Turn: Success Inside and Out

Locking up criminal defendants and convicts costs a lot of money. At both the state and national levels, Americans are beginning to ask if this is money well spent. Read more

My Turn: CHAMPs promote the arts in Juneau

This past week was only the second of the 2016 legislative session, and it was a busy one.  With the State of Alaska facing an unprecedented budget deficit, the pace of activity is accelerating.  It is crucial for Alaskans to be proactive about communicating with legislators, who face difficult choices and not a great deal of time in which to make them. Read more

My Turn: Juneau construction projects are uplifting, inspiring

When one goes about the capital city these days, it is impossible not to be inspired and uplifted by all of the exciting construction of new buildings alongside the renovations to and improvement of many important existing structures. Read more

My Turn: Reasons to be excited for ski season

As snow begins to fall across the Last Frontier, Juneauites turn their thoughts to what is happening up at Eaglecrest. Read more

My Turn: Packing prisons is bad policy

As the 29th Alaska Legislature continues to work on how best to craft a budget for the coming fiscal year in the face of daunting circumstances, it is worthwhile to reflect on progress made in other areas in the regular legislative session this year. Read more

My Turn: Cheer 'Out Loud' for poetry

In the second week of March, Juneau once again will welcome young Alaskans from across the Last Frontier to the capital city for the statewide finals of Poetry Out Loud. Read more

My Turn: Vote Parnell

This past summer I had the pleasure of performing in Perseverance Theatre's SummerFest, which saw three plays performed in repertory format at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC). Read more

Column: Spreading the good word about Juneau

Last week, I was fortunate to be able to go to Palmer to represent the Capital City at the Juneau Booth at the Alaska State Fair. Read more

My Turn: U.S. must show resolve against Russian aggression

Having been born and raised in Southcentral Alaska, I am familiar with earthquakes. As a boy I became accustomed to the experience, and of not... Read more

My Turn: Clearing 'New Pathways'

New Pathways Alaska is an exciting new program of the Rasmuson Foundation in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the Foraker Group and EmcArts, a New York-based national non-profit. Read more

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