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  

I moved to Sitka in the summer of 1975, about a week before the start of what I believe was the second year of the camp. For those two weeks, and for two weeks out of the next three years, I met friends that I would have for the rest of my life, and learned an incredible amount in an incredibly short amount of time. I can safely say that Fine Arts Camp changed my life. Without it, I could very well have gone in a different direction, and would've missed out on some precious memories. Thank you SFAC!!

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?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

SFAC Changed my life. For the better. I'll have to look back and review, and I hope SFAC got on the list of top non-profits, cause they deserve it, but I think everyone must have had the same words. SFAC changed my life, and was life for so many of the people I met there. Many of my closest friends are still the people I met nine years ago at SFAC. I knew many middle and high school kids who survived isolation and alienation in their small communities for 50 weeks a year because they knew for 2 weeks a year they would be held up, supported, loved, and accepted. Young students with not much going for them would spend the year seeking out and writing grants, asking for the support of local businesses, and working every job they could find all year to send themselves to camp for those precious two weeks. SFAC is a place where young people thrive. My artistic inspiration and life inspiration still draws so strongly from my experiences at SFAC years ago - when I am feeling not-so-artistic or inspired, I think back to my time there and the words from my instructors and friends and feel a wave of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and dreams. Those two weeks a year did more for my art than the years of classes I have taken since. Thank you so much to SFAC and all the people who make it up! I am so glad it is back at SJ campus where all my happiest memories thrive, and flourish. SFAC is a breath of fresh air in the stress of youth and life. I would not be who I am today without SFAC. If every week was like those two weeks, the world would be a radically different place and we could accomplish anything.

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

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to put for this question. As I wrote above, I experience the results of this organization every day of my life as I see beauty and connect with friends.

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

...not know what to say. It's back on it's own property and working hard to make that campus the best it can be. I wish I had a million dollars and a million hours to donate, but I know they have so much love. I wish everyone could feel what I felt and spend a couple weeks of their teen years being so filled. I wish I could keep going to camp and feeling that magic.

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

How did you find this group?

Friend recommended. Friends parents went in youth and grew up to be involved as staff.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Every day. Read above. Friends, inspiration, and beauty. Surviving teen years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended SFAC as a camper from ages 12 to 17, as an intern at 18 and a councilor at age 19. Basically, I grew up in this wonderful artistic environment. Each year I attended I learned more and more about my art, my life and myself. The teachers are the best in their field and they have an invested interest in their students. I honestly would not be the person or artist I am today without this camp.

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

my everyday life

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

make the camp have longer sessions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended Sitka Fine Arts Camp as a young adult and I think it was one of the most valuable experiences I have had to date. This camp helped me develop my artistic abilities and build confidence more in the two weeks I had the privilege of attending every summer than my whole year at school and in other programs. I owe so much of myseld to those who continually support and recognize this camp as the invaluable asset that it is.

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

Successfully directing, writing, and acting in my own five minute solo theater piece, in the short time span of two weeks.

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

Make the camp longer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to SFAC this year for the first time on a scholarship. I loved all the different instruments we could play and all the help from the pros who assisted us and helped us gain more knowledge.. the sky was the limit for us, the campus was my mom and aunties old college and we stayed in their dorms. It was great, the town and scenery is breathtaking... I am coming back next year with my brother.. tyvm SFAC I had a blast

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

learning more about my trumpet playing and now guitar

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

better food... allergic to most that was served.. thanks mom for mcdonalds.. lol

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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: 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.

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

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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