Encouraging the Arts in South Eastern Alaska

A Traditional Tlingit Button Blanket Design

This week I am busy preparing for Creation: A Journey Through Life, Spirituality & Art,  a week long hands-on workshop series for the community of Klukwan, Alaska. I have been invited to come share about the importance of creativity in all areas of life. Specifically, we will explore its role in understanding our identity, our spirituality and our culture. I am so honored to have this opportunity to both share and to learn from the Tlingit people.

We will begin on Sunday 9/22 with a community art project where individuals will create small felt button blankets which hang together on the last day as a banner of belonging.  This project will stretch through the week as individuals create their own design  in the traditional method (as pictured above) and adorn them with buttons.

Then each workshop during the week will include a discussion about creating, feature a local artist, looking at examples of artistic creation in its various forms and doing hands on activities to explore our own creativity. For a full description read the Klukwan Flyer

This event is being hosted by the local church in Klukwan at no charge at the community center for all who would like to attend.  The church is housing me and providing for me while I am there. However, New Joy Arts is supplying all of the materials for the workshop & gifting them to the church so that they may host more community arts events in the future.  The expense of my transportation to Klukwan & these supplies I am bringing will be covered solely through charitable donations.  You can help cover these costs by giving a tax-deductible donation.


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