How do we nurture Alutiiq artists and grown the next generation of beaders, boat builders, and dancers? This is a question that Alutiiq Museum has been asking in the past year. While Kodiak has a growing network of Native artists, not every one is comfortable teaching. A room filled with active students can be intimidating, even without sewing needles or carving knives. However, for the renaissance of Alutiiq arts to continue, there must be collaboration between culture-bearers and educators to create opportunities for arts instruction, inspiration, and practice.
To help artists grow in their abilities and comfort as teachers, the museum is hosting a series of workshops specifically designed to bolster instruction skills. A generous grant from The CIRI Foundation, and support from the Kodiak Island Borough School District and Kodiak College, is making the event possible. From February 25 to 27, artists, culture-bearers and educators from around the Island will meet in Kodiak. Participants will explore cultural arts education best practices, plan for the upcoming 2015 Alutiiq Week celebrations, and discuss the broader needs for cultural arts education.
The first day of the workshop will be held at the Koniag, Inc. building on Near Island. Here the group will explore best practices and philosophies of cultural arts education. The second day participants will visit the Alutiiq Museum. Here they will prepare for Alutiiq Week workshop, develop lesson plans for arts education projects, and review the wide variety of resources available at the museum, including its collections.