New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign
(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) SHI has officially launched its fundraising campaign to build a Native arts campus at Heritage Square, kicking off what will become a preeminent cultural space in downtown Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus is phase two of SHI’s vision to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world and to designate NWC art a national treasure.
Apply: Fashion Show
Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The show is open to Indigenous artists and designers who are Alaska Native, First Nation or Native American. Preference is given to high-fashion and haute couture clothing that displays innovative use of traditional Indigenous styles and materials.
Calendar of Events
SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. Browse by date, area of interest or community.
SHI is seeking an art administrative assistant, an art project coordinator, a Lingít language project coordinator, a STEM project coordinator, a STEM project manager, a STEM education project assistant, an early childhood specialist, a education administrative assistant, and a director of culture and history.
Native Youth Olympics
(Training Schedule) SHI is co-sponsoring training for coaches in November who want to start a NYO in their community. Register by Oct. 23 and be eligible for a scholarship to help cover travel to Juneau and equipment. Preference given toward new coaches of grades 6-12 in their home community.
Children to visit SHI
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will open the Walter Soboleff Building next week to all second-grade students in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide experiences and learning in the arts to all children. The event is part of the Art Bus Excursion program established by Any Given Child Juneau.
Art, Fashion Show Apps Out
Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Juried Art Show and Competition (JAS) and Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020, scheduled June 10-13. App deadlines: Jan. 8 and March 16 respectively. (JAS Application) (Fashion Show Application)
indigenous peoples day
SHI will sponsor a celebration of the national civil rights hero Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxgal.aat) at a public event in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Peratrovich was a major force behind the passage of Alaska’s Anti Discrimination Bill in 1945, which preceded the nation’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 by nearly 20 years.
In the news:
By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire— Blood simple: Is it time to rethink how Native is defined? SHI President Rosita Worl: “Could this ultimately lead to our cultural extinction? In the long term, in my humble opinion, I would have to answer yes.”
PAST TRAUMA AND DNA
HOONAH STUDY BEGINS
SHI and HIA will begin the second phase of a collaborative genetics study next week that explores how historical trauma associated with European colonization may have changed the DNA of Native people. The team is studying the biological basis shaping adverse health outcomes.
In the news:
By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Sealaska Heritage Institute is launching a fundraising campaign to build a new arts campus with most of the money needed already in hand. The nonprofit for protecting and promoting Alaska Native arts and cultures announced Wednesday it received a federal grant of more than $5.6 million. (Video)
NORTHWEST COAST ART
SHI, in collaboration with Chilkoot Indian Association, will sponsor a Northwest Coast formline design class with David R. Boxley Sept 28-Oct 6 in Haines. The class is limited to 15 participants.
In the news:
By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—He played the crowd as well as his drum made of walrus stomach. Visiting Yup’ik artist John Waghiyi Jr. drew big laughs, fun sounds and applause Wednesday during a presentation at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Shúka Hít clan house. “It was empowering,” said John Waghiyi Jr. “I feel incredible."
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Artists in residence
By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—From the far western reaches of Alaska, Yup’ik artists share their culture with Juneau. Visiting artists sew walrus blanket, will perform dances in Juneau.
In the news:
Anchorage Daily News—The healing power of community: NYO coach leads the way in reviving healthy cultural traditions in Southeast Alaska. Juneau’s Kyle Worl wants his teenage athletes to think of Native Youth Olympics as more than “just a hobby.”
Robert Davidson on totem
The renowned master artist Robert Davidson sometimes submits pieces for SHI's blog. This month, news of a new documentary on a totem pole raising in Old Massett in 1969 came out. The film, Now is the Time, explores the raising of a pole carved by Davidson and his brother, Reg. Robert wrote this blog to provide some more context.
Artists in Residence
Meet the Artists
SHI will sponsor two Alaska Native artists-in-residence from Savoonga who specialize in ivory carving and pieces made of walrus stomach and other materials harvested during subsistence activities around St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. The artists will be at SHI from Aug. 23-29. The public is invited to meet them.