KAAHC Member Organizations
KAAHC offers administrative services, technical assistance, grant writing, office equipment, a ticket outlet, a communication center, and publishes a monthly newsletter to promote the activities of artists and arts organizations in the area. These organizations offer a variety of year-round participatory programs and entertainment. It is through these groups that everyone in the Ketchikan area has an opportunity to enjoy the arts as an audience member, participant, or professional artist.
First City Players
First City Players is Ketchikan’s not for profit community theater organization, entertaining area audiences with musicals, comedies, and fine drama since 1965. In addition to an annual fully staged musical at the KAYHI auditorium, First City Players mounts 5 plays annually, produces the Jazz and Cabaret Festival, the melodrama Fish Pirates Daughter and two youth programs, artsCOOL and ActOut. In June of 2009, First City Players purchased the old Elks/Fireside building located on Main Street. The building will be the new home for both First city Players and Ketchiakn Theatre Ballet, holding four ballet studios, a flexible performance space, offices and storage for both organizations. The Performing Arts Center will be available for all performance groups in Ketchikan.
Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library
The Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of excellent library service in the greater Ketchikan area. As a group, they raise funds, provide volunteer services, and endeavor to raise community consciousness of the library’s importance. The Friends’ main fund-raiser is an annual book sale every fall. Money earned from this event goes directly to the local library to purchase needed equipment, extraordinary books, prizes for the summer reading program, and much more! In 2012 the Ketchikan Public Library relocated to their new home up on Copper Ridge. When you go to visit – don’t forget to admire some of Ketchikan’s newest public art!
The Ketchikan Community Concert Band
KCCB began in 2002 in order to provide an on-going opportunity for adults to rehearse and perform together in a concert band setting, and to develop an active pool of adult instrumental musicians to draw from for special community needs, such as musicals, community choral events and civic occasions. In 2003 and 2005, the Rasmuson Foundation funded the acquisition of a tuba, baritone saxophone and other equipment for the ensemble. In the fall of 2006, the band became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The KCCB maintains a membership of about fifty-five musicians. They rehearse weekly and present two performances annually in the Fall and in the Spring. In 2014 the KCCB will be traveling to Annette Island to perform for the Metlakatla community. Musicians from the community will join KCCB on several of the pieces.
Ketchikan Community Chorus
The Ketchikan Community Chorus is one of the oldest arts organizations in Ketchikan and performs twice annually. Their Spring performance, “Steppin’ Out” often features choir members showing off dance moves to a wide genre of music. The Chorus maintains a membership of about 30 and rehearses weekly. New members are always welcome.
Ketchikan Museum Department
The Ketchikan Museum Department mounts three exhibits annually at the Ketchiakn Museum. Exhibits vary from photographic images of Ketchikan’s past to featuring local artists.
The Totem Heritage Center continues to offer a model Native Arts Studies Program dedicated to the continuation, promotion, and protection of Northwest Coast Native Arts. This program offers a Certificate of Merit program in Northwest Coast Carving, Northwest Coast Weaving, and Northwest Coast Regalia.
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet
The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet mounts three major performances a year: An Evening of Dance during the Festival of the North, the Spring Gala, and the Nutcracker. KTB also collaborats with KAAHC and First City Players in sponsoring the Gigglefeet Dance Festival.
Rainy Day Quilters
The Rainy Day Quilters goals are twofold: they meet monthly in order to foster the thriving quilting community, and sponsor local workshops and classes with nationally known instructors which are open to the public. They also do a great deal of community service projects. Since 1992, the quilters have coordinated an annual show for the community of over 200 beautiful quilts, from contemporary to antique, during KAAHC’s Festival of the North. A quilt is raffled at this event, and during KAAHC’s Blueberry Arts Festival. They also participate in the Winter Arts Faire.