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Teams to create formline teaching kits for schools

April 14, 2014


Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is seeking K-12 teachers and Native artists from seven communities to participate in the institute’s Jinéit Art Academy in Juneau.

The teachers and artists will collaborate during the academy to create kits, which will be used to teach formline design, a term that describes the intricate shapes found in the distinctive Northwest Coast art.

The academy is scheduled June 2-6 in Juneau and is open to applicants in Angoon, Yakutat, Craig, Haines, Hydaburg, Ketchikan and Sitka. SHI’s Jinéit Art Academy will pay for travel and lodging.

For teachers, this program will help individuals who want to teach Northwest Coast formline design. Teachers will learn Northwest Coast formline through the award-winning Tlingit artist Shgen George. Teachers who complete the course will be eligible to receive professional development or continuing education credits through the University of Alaska Southeast (teachers must apply for the credits through UAS and pay their fee).

For Native artists, this program will help individuals who are teaching art in schools or who are interested in doing so. Artists will participate in the Teaching Artist Academy, an annual program offered by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Artists will receive in-depth training emphasizing how to work effectively with students of all ages in varied settings as a teaching artist. Each session will feature expert teachers, administrators and consultants who share knowledge, skills and techniques.

Artists and teachers will form teams and develop seven Northwest Coast art kits, which they will be able to use in their communities.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. 

CONTACT: Rosita Worl, SHI President, 907.463.4844