Alaska State Council on the Arts begins Community Conversations

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is visiting numerous communities in Alaska this spring, to hear citizens talk about the value of arts and culture in their lives.

Community Conversations are part of the Alaska State Council on the Arts’ strategic planning process and will be hosted by local arts agencies. Individuals involved either as artists, volunteers, or employees are encouraged to attend. The Council is hoping that community leaders will also participate, to provide information about how arts and culture impact local economies.

“This is our opportunity to hear what Alaskans think are important in their communities,” said Charlotte Fox, executive director. “We are a state agency and we take our directions from the citizens of the state. We need to find out what role arts and culture play in communities — economically, educationally and artistically. We’ll only find that out by talking to the people who live here.”

Meetings are scheduled in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Seward and Sitka. The Juneau meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 21, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the JACC.

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