Arts Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Jazz at the Canvas tonight

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery will feature a holiday jazz show from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Musicians will include Tom Locher on keyboard, Clay Good on drums and vocalists Beatrice Caujolie, Patricia Hull, Tre Ford, Alyssa Fischer and Sarah Johnson.

Pie in the Sky will open at 5:30.

The concert is pay as you can. Proceeds from the door go to the musicians.

For more information visit or call 586-1750.

Sealaska releases book series on language

Sealaska Heritage Institute has released a series of books to help students overcome a common problem in schools today: a delay in academic language development.

The series was funded through a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program and includes books on science, math and literature for high school students, plus books on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian for all grades. The books outline a method called the Developmental Language Process, which was pioneered by SHI Curriculum Director Jim MacDiarmid, a longtime educator in Canada and Alaska and author of "Replacing Thinga-ma-jig: the Developmental Language Process."

The series is not meant to replace materials currently used by teachers -it's meant to complement them, MacDiarmid emphasized. In 2010, MacDiarmid will distribute the series to teachers at training sessions in Juneau, Ketchikan, Hoonah and Hydaburg. The series also is available online at: The online section includes a video overview of the Developmental Language Process.

The process also is effective in teaching second languages. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian books also use the Developmental Language Process to teach those languages. The language books also come with CDs featuring audio recordings of the words.

The series was developed through a grant from the Special Projects Demonstration Grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a regional nonprofit serving the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

UAS offers Alaska musicians' music on hold

The University of Alaska Southeast is first in the state to adopt the Alaska On Hold music project, developed by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Music by Alaska musicians will play when callers to the university are placed on hold.

Alaska On Hold volume 1 includes:

"You're the One for Me" by George Wallace of Juneau

"Widmung" by Franz Liszt, performed by Timothy Smith of the University of Alaska Anchorage

"You're Wearing My Hat" by the Preserves, from Juneau

"Banjo and Fiddle" by William Kroll, performed by Linda Rosenthal, from Juneau

"Cannery Girl" by Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers of Ketchikan.

Between each piece, a short statement identifies the piece and the artist, and where they are from.

Modeled on a program offered by the City of Seattle, Seattle OnHold,, this project intends to promote Alaska musicians and make being on hold a unique and interesting musical experience.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council received many offerings of music from Alaskans all around the state when they announced the project, and used a panel to select the pieces for the first volume. It is their intention to create new selections on a rotating basis. The artists who have offered their music will be featured on the JAHC web site AKOnHold page (coming soon) with links to the musicians' sites and places to purchase the music. The Council initially approached ACS and GCI with the project, and remains hopeful that hold music around the state will soon feature Alaska musicians.

Studio A in Juneau contributed their services to create the AKOnHold recording for the project.

For more information, visit or call 586--2787.

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