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Living Arts is the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council’s guidepost to creating a arts and education program that reaches every facet of our community. All art is education, it is important to us that we provide diverse programming that extends to everyone in our community. 

All art is education, it is important to us that we provide diverse programming that extends to everyone in our community. LivingArts is the umbrella to which our community arts programs live:

Smart Classes
Smart (Saturday Morning Art) classes invite students grade 1-6 to participate in a 6 week series of classes focusing on a range of art styles, artists, and cultural arts. Each series is developed by a certified arts teacher, and students create artwork to be displayed in a show at the end of the series. 

Teen Studio
Teens ages 14 – 18 can unleash their creativity and experiment with new media at Teen Studio workshops. High school students with an interest in the arts have the opportunity to expand their creativity and artistic awareness, and develop skills with professional instruction in a serious (and fun!) environment.

Arts Uncorked
Arts Uncorked is an opportunity for the 21-and-overs to experience various mediums on an introductory level. Spend a relaxed evening with friends and BYOB! (Yep, BYOB!!!)
Each of our teaching artists will be ready with materials for you to immerse yourself in the art. Bring your friends, relax, and learn from the experts!

Elders in Arts
Elders in Arts is our newest programming funded by a grant from the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition. Local artists, working in different mediums, provide creative arts workshops developed for an aging audience at senior living or social facilities.  The series is free to participants.

Along with many classes and workshops, we offer the following programming… We invite you to be a creative player!


Ketchikan Basic Arts Institute  

(A program of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium)
This intensive two-week program, facilitated by the Arts Council, gives hands-on art experience tools to educators for incorporation into their curriculum. Classes add an art lens to new teaching strategies using recent cognitive research about how students learn. The Basic Arts Institute and the Teaching Artist Academy are part of a broader plan to infuse more art into the school and community.

This class is offered every other year. Please contact KAAHC for information.

Teaching Artist Academy
KAAHC is committed to preparing working artists to become certified teaching artists with an interest in the Artist in Schools program. The credentialing process is a part of the distinguished Alaska State Council on the Arts Statewide Teaching Artist Roster. The Academy is open to literary, visual, cultural, and performing artists in a variety of mediums.

This class is offered every other year. Please contact KAAHC for information.


Performing Artists School Visits
Visiting artists often perform in the local schools where they offer mini-workshops and talk with students about the discipline and training of a professional musician.

National Arts Honor Society
NAHS is sponsored by the National Art Education Association to promote art, scholarship, character and service. It recognizes students grades 10-12 who show an outstanding ability in art. The local chapter meets weekly during the school year and is expanding its calendar to include community outreach. Active students are eligible for several awards and grant programs and are encouraged to submit articles and art work for publication. KAAHC is happy to assist the club with its goals.

Artists in Schools Residency
KAAHC’s preparation of local artists for two to three-week residencies is well underway. With support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the School District, we are establishing a residency program that incorporates art into schools curriculum to create important neural pathways, nurture students’ inner strengths. The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council supports a strong arts workforce. We are available for artist consultations and is building a cadre of local people ready for artist residencies.