School District music and art teachers:

Resources for educators:

K-TAN (Ketchikan Teaching Artists Network- K-TAN is a network of local artists with classroom training. The network was created as a way to offer an art lens within academic subjects, create arts opportunity in areas where the arts can offer a new perspective, and as an entrepreneurial vehicle for artists.

K-TAN artists have completed the Teaching Artist Academy or have relevant classroom experience. Training includes developing and, marketing a residency program that can augment a variety of a variety of classroom environments, integrating “artful thinking” into the classroom in a way that inspires innovation, creative fulfillment, active problem solving, and information retention.
K-TAN teaching artists can facilitate any creative arts opportunities: Our teaching artists participate in our Elders in Arts & smART (Saturday Morning Art) programming.


Basic Arts Institutes – the Alaska Arts Education Consortium began offering Basic Arts Institutes in 2003. Basic Arts Institutes, now offered statewide, are two-week intensive, summer opportunities for educators to learn how to use the arts to motivate and increase student learning. Participants at Institutes –

  • Learn how to integrate the arts (visual, drama, music & Native cultural arts) into their school curriculum
  • Work with and learn from Alaska Native Elders
  • Understand the impact of the arts on student performance, motivation and brain activity
  • Experience the production, criticism & appreciation of art
  • Form a cadre of teachers in the arts across Alaska

Ketchikan’s Institute, held August 4 – 15, 2014, was a powerful tool for 23 educators who have learned new ways to teach through the arts and reach students with many different learning styles.

Artists in Schools– a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Professional Teaching Artists are placed in educational settings to act as a catalyst for learning by both teachers and students. AIS residencies foster a greater awareness of the role of artists and the arts in the community and helps participants develop confidence in their own ability to communicate through the arts. Students develop decision-making and critical assessment skills and improve their ability to think creatively, a life skill sure to benefit both the individual and the community.

If you are a local artist interested in becoming a Teaching Artist and would like to be listed on the Alaska State Council for the Arts Alaska Statewide Teaching Roster (STAR), please contact the Arts Council.

Museums that offer Online Collections:




ArtsEdge – the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts

Artsonia Kids Art Museum – online student art gallery

Common Core and the Arts – background information, implementation and assessment

Edutopia – All points of arts integration — from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum — are covered in this roundup of blogs, articles, and videos. 

Project ARTiculate – visual art lessons, glossary of art terms (K-8)

Public Art & Arts Learning – Public art enhances and enlivens public spaces. It can also serve as a great jumping-off point for active arts learning for K – 12 students. 4 lesson plans developed by ArtsWA.

State standards for Arts  – ( see page 27)

Organizations that support arts education:

Alaska Art Education Association –  promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership

Alaska Arts Education Consortium –  advocacy for expanded and enriched arts education for all Alaskan students and a commitment to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts in and across the curriculum

Alaska State Council on the Arts – part of the Department of Education and Early Development. Accomplishing access to arts education by every child in every school will be done by:

  • Increasing arts education experiences for K-12 students;
  • Developing opportunities for lifelong learning through the arts;
  • Supporting professional development for artists, arts educators and classroom teachers; and,
  • Strengthening the Council’s relationship with state and federal agencies that affect education policy

Americans for the Arts – nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education

Arts Education Partnership

National Art Education Association

Wallace Foundation – Arts education has been on the decline in urban public schools for more than a generation. Since 2005, Wallace has been working with nonprofits and school districts to find out how they might engage more young people in high-quality arts learning during the school day and beyond.

Music SpecialistArt SpecialistSchoolMrs. Julie CronMs. Halli KenoyerKetchikan Charter SchoolMs. Tia AntonsennoneFawn Mountain ElementaryMs. Jillian PollocknoneHoughtaling ElementaryMs. Tia AntonsennonePoint Higgins ElementaryMs. Angel WilliamsMrs. Jamie MarcumSchoenbar Middle SchoolMs. Kelly BurkeMs. Loren McCueTongass School of Arts & SciencesMs. Deidra Pagnotta

Mrs. Louise Kern

Mrs. Debbie McCleavey

Ketchikan High SchoolMrs. Trina PurcellMrs. Barbara OrtonKetchikan High School