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Alaska Arts Southeast Inc

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

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.


Rating: 5

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.