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Giving Voice in Haines

Funded in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Giving Voice is a two-year pilot project of the Hospice of Haines that brings high school students together with hospice clients on a path to discover how Alaska has influenced the choices, decisions, and lives of hospice clients, and incorporates the students’ findings into their curriculum. According to Project Director, Kip Kermoian, "When a door opens, and a student crosses the threshold of one of our often invisible, unseen hospice clients, they bring with them an indescribable light that fills a client with a joy and affirmation that can manifest itself physically and emotionally, lasting days following a visit and interview."

Tasha Hotch: Community Advocate, Forum Partner

Tasha Hotch has a soft spot for community challenges that disproportionately affect minorities. Her first interaction with the Forum came through an invitation to a neighborhood StepUpAK workshop. Other opportunities followed: evening conversations on traumatic brain injury and Jenny Irene Miller’s Continuous photography exhibit documenting two-spirit Alaskans; participation in an Art of Powerful Questions experiential workshop. In May, Tasha joined others as the most recent group of Leadership Anchorage graduates – LA 22. Tasha is Tlingit and a Program Manager with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She is a passionate Mountain View volunteer and Community Council member, concentra

Community + Media = Possibility

If you could tell a story about your community, what would it be? Would others be surprised to hear it? These questions kicked off a two-day community conversation at the Mountain View neighborhood library. Hosted by the Forum, in partnership with the Mountain View Community Council and Journalism That Matters, the gathering brought community members and media together in a new way aimed at exploring the relationship between individual stories and broader narratives. Friday evening, over dinner prepared by Mountain View’s West Berlin restaurant, participants shared personal stories that shaped their lives. Many of the stories shared challenged typical narratives surrounding diverse individua

Intersecting Connections

Funded in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, Giving Voice is a two-year pilot project of the Hospice of Haines that brings high school students together with hospice clients on a path to discover how Alaska has influenced the choices, decisions, and lives of hospice clients, and incorporates the students’ findings into their curriculum. According to Project Director, Kip Kermoian, "When a door opens, and a student crosses the threshold of one of our often invisible, unseen hospice clients, they bring with them an indescribable light that fills a client with a joy and affirmation that can manifest itself physically and emotionally, lasting days following a visit and interview."

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