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 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship 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 Scholarships. The purpose of the fund is to provide deserving local youth scholarship assistance to attend summer music programs such as the ones Sam was able to attend. The Fund was started in 2003, and has granted scholarships annually ever since. As of January 2018, 71 scholarships have been given to Ketchikan students. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Alaska Community Foundation.

Applications for scholarships are made available annually for Ketchikan students grades 7-12 in the Fall. Please find the applications at the Calls to Artists page on this website. Please call the Arts Council for more information. 225-2211

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. In October of 2013 the Monthly Grind brought the Great Alaskan Bluegrass Band to Ketchikan, and they have a great surprise lined up for us this summer!

Misty Thistle Pipes and Drums

The Misty Thistle Pipes and Drums has proudly embraced the responsibilities of mounting Ketchikan’s celebration of the Scottish bard Robert Burns (the 15th annual celebration in 2014)— 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. They perform for many fundraisers and are often the head of any excuse to march down the middle of a Ketchikan street playing the bagpipe!


The Ketchikan Watercolor Society

The Ketchikan Watercolor Society took a hiatus from its activities in 2013. The Arts Council is maintaining their funds in a dedicated account.

The Old Bar Harbor Caldonia Society

The Old Bar Harbor Caldonia Society took a hiatus from its activities in 2013. The Arts Council is maintaining their funds in a dedicated account.