Alaska Arts Southeast Inc
Rating: 4.89 stars 18 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: PO Box 3086 Sitka AK 99835 USA
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
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It's hard to describe how great it feels to walk into a building that had been boarded up and left to rot and now see kids prepping for mask making class.
The abandoned campus in the middle of our town is now the home of The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, where kids from Alaska and all over the states come for 5 weeks of amazing arts.
I feel fortunate to be a board member of this organization, where daily I can see the positive changes that have taken place in our community. Thanks for allowing me to share my story!
My daughter will be attending her fourth year of mini-camp in the spring of 2012. Because of the hard work and dedication of Alaska Arts Southeast (AASE) staff, board members, volunteers and financial donors, she will be attending camp on the historic Sheldon Jackson campus, the original home of Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
Since we live in Sitka, we are lucky enough to benefit directly not only from the presence of Sitka Fine Arts Camp, but from the Sheldon Jackson Campus rejuvenation project AASE has taken on. In the last 9 months, AASE has turned a boarded up eyesore back in to a welcoming, vibrant educational facility.
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watching the Sheldon Jackson campus once again become a valuable asset the the community of Sitka. Observing SFAC provide youth with the opportunity to develop personal artistic interests and skills through high quality, professional instruction in the arts.
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Have the money to hire more staff so AASE depended less on volunteer efforts.
Both of my children attend Fine Arts Camp in Sitka and love every minute of camp. I have volunteered on the campus and am excited to see the changes being made in our community through Sitka Fine Arts camp taking over the historical Sheldon Jackson College Campus.
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