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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

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

Programs: Aase runs the only fine arts camp in alaska, the camp just completed its 40th year. It offered over 70 different multidisciplinary arts classes taught by faculty drawn from prestigious venues across the country. The 2013 camp served over 700 students in three age-divided sessions. Students came from a number of alaskan communities and around the world. In addition, aase manages and staffs the sitka performing arts center. Out- of-town artists and art educators give performances and instruction in the center and in the sitka schools.

hames recreation center is the largest of 20 buildings gifted to aase in 2011. The building allows aase to further its mission of providing arts and recreation to sitka. The facility houses the only community gymnasium in sitka along with workout and training rooms. The fee structure for the use of the facility includes both drop-in and membership rates. There are currently approximately 600 active memberships. Hames recreation center offers a number of programs which emphasis community wellness through physical activity. The center is administered by one paid position and a large number of volunteers including those serving on the administrative comittee.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Ariel L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Christina234

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.