KAAHC Advisory Committees
KAAHC Advisory Committees are volunteer arts organizations that have established a formal working relationship with the Arts Council, and operate under the non-profit and liability umbrella of the Arts Council. The goal is to pool our resources and expertise so that it’s as easy as possible for arts groups to present events, programs and give scholarships that enrich the arts community, without having to duplicate the administrative efforts. This is an important way that the Arts Council can foster the arts in Ketchikan in the coming years.
The Monthly Grind
In their 21st year, the Monthly Grind is organized by dedicated and energetic volunteers. By showcasing local talent, providing family entertainment and fabulous desserts for a reasonable price, the Grind attracts area residents to fill the Saxman Tribal House the third weekend of each fall, winter and spring month. They have made significant contributions to Katrina Relief, and to First City Players’ ARTSCool Scholarship Fund. Look for the new Monthly Grind t-shirts!
The Old Bar Harbor Caledonia Society
This relatively “old” group has been readily embraced by Ketchikan for its celebration of the Scottish bard Robert Burns (the 11th annual celebration in 2010)—a festive dinner featuring highland dancing poetry, song, piping?and… the fine cultural institution of haggis.? The organizing committee has a strong commitment to fostering the Scottish dance and music community of Ketchikan with the proceeds from their events.
The Sam Pitcher Memorial Fund
Seming “Sam” Pitcher was a gifted young man who was active in the various music programs available in Ketchikan. His family and friends have set up a memorial scholarship fund in his name to award the Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship.?The purpose of the fund is to provide money to deserving local youth to help them attend summer music camps or programs such as the ones Sam was able to attend.?The Fund was started in 2003 with the goal of establishing a permanent scholarship fund. Scholarships have been awarded annually ever since. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Arts Council.
Sweet Second Saturdays
Sweet Second Saturdays (SSS) began in 2004 and sponsors a monthly folk dance featuring contra, square and circle dances for all ages. SSS also sponsors artists from outside Ketchikan to come for performances and workshops. In 2009 SSS brought Grey Larsen and Cindy Kallet to perform for a pillow concert and workshops at the new Main Street Gallery. The primary source of funding for SSS is an annual donation from Tri-West.
The Ketchikan Watercolor Society
The Ketchikan Watercolor Society took a hiatus from its activities in 2009. The Arts Council is maintaining their funds in a dedicated account.