ALASKA ARTS SOUTHEAST INC

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 3086 Sitka AK 99835 USA

Mission: To provide Alaska youth with the opportunity to develop personal artistic interests and skills in an intensive artistic experience through stimulating, high quality, professional instruction in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing and Alaska Native Arts
Results: In February 2011, we were given the Sheldon Jackson Campus, a campus whose doors had been shut in 2007. This year we spent more than 15,000 volunteer hours and raised over $250,000 to begin revitalizing the 20 buildings and 20 acres. Our dream is to make a campus thriving in the arts, sciences and culture of Sitka.
Target demographics: Students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, from Alaska and throughout the country.
Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 600 students
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-7240278
907-747-3085
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughters have attended the Mini Fine Arts Camp since they were first added to the camp schedule, and my eldest daughter attended the Jr. HIgh Camp for the first time in 2011. We had attended many of the art shares and performances in the past, but the jr. high camp far exceeded our expectations. I would call it a life changing experience. To be surrounded by such talented teachers and students who were all excited about the arts for 2 weeks is a joy. Although she is primarily a dancer, the camp encourages exploration of many different art forms and I believe this makes it unique.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

We became connected to SFAC through one of the teachers at the camp. When my daughter decided to go, it became a family commitment. The arts are being brought to the world, not just Sitka through this experience. The teachers are top rated, provide a great atmosphere and teach challenging lessons. It has been a great experience and the setting is beautiful. Even more so with the addition of the Sheldon Jackson campus. It is wonderful to see the commitment of all to the improvement of the campus, SFAC and the communtiy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter attended camp and learned from the great teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread the word that this isn't just about Alaska and their students, we came from Idaho to attend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been attending Sitka Fine Arts Camp for the past six summers and it is the highlight of his year. He has volunteered as a counselor at the camp for elementary students and served as an intern at the middle school camp. Our family could not be more impressed with the quality of all the services offered by Alaska Arts Southeast and we are grateful to have such a vibrant organization in our communty.

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I have witnessed the improvements happening at the Alaska Arts Southeast campus, attended many fine performances and listened to my son's rave reviews of all the wonderful experiences he has had due to this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help to find grant money to pay for much needed maintanance projects on campus.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I accompanied my granddaughters to the elementary camp in June, 2011. I home school them at their parents' isolated wilderness lodge on Prince of Wales Island. With both BS and MEd degrees and 30 years experience teaching in public schools, I know they are well educated. However, I cannot give them interactions with other children or the fine arts taught by highly qualified instructors. These they received abundantly at SFAC. I am so appreciative that this opportunity exists. The girls learned joyfully and can hardly wait to return in 2012.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the skils and happy memories my granddaughters retain from their camp experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am confident the Board will make changes as they become necessary. For now, I fervently wish them well with funding and recruiting volunteers. They have embraced a huge and wonderful project for Southeast Alaska and beyond.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Three out of four of my children have gone to SFAC. My second son has been a participant, councelor and student teacher. The amount of knowledge he has received from his experiences in the SFAC has giving him a great deal of confidence to go on with his music. The community has enjoyed his successes. My twin daughters have also gone as first summer participants. There pride in their instruments have shown in their accomplishments here in the lower 48 states. I am greatful to the strengths the SFAC has given all of my children and look to see more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

music by the joys of what my children have accomplished.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Making such organizations like SFAC apart of every community. Communities grow by what people put back into their community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to SFAC for my first time in 7th grade. It was awesome. Since then I have went back every year and its only gotten better. SFAC is truly an amazing place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous way, I have become a better actor, sculpture and picked up various skills along the way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people to attend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been following Sheldon Jackson College for many years as they struggled with sustainability and finally folded. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp took a huge risk and rallied the community to not only save a historic set of buildings, but they had the vision to create an amazing asset for their community and the state. The number of volunteer hours alone that have been donated in a very small community has got to be some kind of record. This organization deserves financial support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Top notch music education for my son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the most exciting, interesting and valuable organizations I've come across. Taking an open and nurturing attitude towards education of young people from not only Southeast Alaska, or even just Alaska, but across the country, the Fine Arts Camp run by Alaska Arts Southeast gave my children memorable experiences that increased their understanding, appreciation and abilities from grades 7-12. My son is looking forward to returning in a year or two as a counselor, adviser, or maybe just volunteer.
If I lived in Sitka, I'd be reporting to volunteer duty on the newest project of Alaska Arts Southeast--the renovation and rejuvenation of the historic Sheldon Jackson College campus, for use by the Fine Arts Camp and other arts and education groups who may want to help support and use the campus outside of the camp's needs.
Current director, Roger Schmidt has ushered the camp into exciting new directions with the backing of a strong and remarkable board.
Every penny is well-spent and Alaska Arts Southeast seems to be able to increase each penny a hundred-fold to take the organization in captivating and wonderful new directions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending performances and exhibits created by students and faculty alike, that were inspired and inspiring and completely honest expressions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move to Sitka and volunteer

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