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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My first experience with Sitka Fine Arts Camp was as a camper back in the '70's. Each summer I spent 2 weeks in intense training and exploration in my chosen art courses. I had small classes led by professional artists. I bonded with other kids who, like me, heard a different drummer. It was magical. My kids became campers during this past decade. They received the same kind of high quality, compassionate and just plain FUN arts experiences that I did. I know that they learned more about who they are, what they want and where they are going. They learned to take risks, to overcome challenges and to explore with passion. They learned through the examples of their teachers and counselors, to be respectful and supportive of other explorers. All three of my grown childeren are bettter people for having attended.
I believe that the arts are an integral part of education. The arts help to foster creative and indepent thought. They help teach communication and adaptability. In a world that is changing at an inconceivable rate, these are the traits are most sought after by businesses, the most capable leaders. Sitka Fine Arts Camp is growing artists, but more importantly, it is growing great people.
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