SSE Update

The Sister School Exchange program is getting busier by the day! Most teams are finishing up their prep work and getting ready to travel. Snowmachine helmets are heading towards teams to keep them safe, assignments are being submitted, parent meetings are happening, and packing has begun for travelers. This is an example of a culture bag from one of out teams out of Juneau. These are three items that represent the student and what cultures he belongs to. Teams often share these items with each other as a way to get to know each other better. It is no easy task to represent your cultures with just three items! A portion of the SSE curriculum asks students to explore why people choose to

Sister School Curriculum

The Sister School Exchange program is an opportunity to create connections between urban and rural Alaska. Teams of five students and a teacher become ambassadors representing their communities as they travel across the state. It is mid February and many of the Sister School Exchange Teams are taking time to work through the lessons and activities found in the program’s curriculum. The purpose of this curriculum is to help teams prepare for their upcoming exchange experience. The units prior to the exchange focus on self exploration and community exploration with an emphasis on culture. This is achieved through a variety of activities chosen by the teacher and tailored for their student

Call for Art & Writing: Salmon Shadows

Salmon Shadows: Art to Inspire Critical Conversations about Alaska's Salmon System Deadline: April 1, 2018 Artists: Top Row (L to R): Breanna Peterson, Natasha Zahn Pristas, Deborah Bitanga Bottom Row (L to R): Will Elliott, Natasha Zahn Pristas, Marissa Wilson As Alaskans, we typically tell positive salmon narratives and we often neglect the matching dark sides of our stories, like the struggles for sustainability, equity, and resource management. How have we developed our collective salmon narratives, what are these narratives obscuring, and how can we bring these shadows into the light? The Alaska Salmon Fellows and Alaska Humanities Forum welcome artists and writers to contribute origi

2018 Annual Grants Announced

Nearly $80,000 in funding will be provided to eight annual grant proposals that support the mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum: educate the public; get people talking; increase public access; preserve and promote Alaska’s stories. From conversations to documentaries to exhibitions to books, these grant projects represent the entire state in scope and subject. 2018 ANNUAL GRANTS 14 Miles | $9,850 Ellen Frankenstein | Artchange, Inc. 14 Miles is a documentary project set in Sitka, AK. From one end of town to the other, there’s 14 miles of road. While the distance is not long, the potential to engage people in creating a series of micro-documentaries about place, identity, and values is ab

Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities: Honoring Gary Holthaus

Gary Holthaus will be awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award at the 2018 Governor's Arts & Humanities Awards on February 8 in Juneau. For over 60 years, Gary Holthaus has strengthened communities through his work forging connections between people across, race, class, and cultural divides. For the past five years, Gary served as the minister at Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He is also a poet, non-fiction author, educator,non-profit administrator, and an advocate for environmental and social justice issues. As Alaska’s first Director of Bilingual Education, he helped put together the state’s bilingual education law, making Alaska the second state in the

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