Registration is now open! Call the Arts Council  225-2211


Coming up!:

Saturdays: June 3 – July 4, 2017
Wearable Arts themed class with a celebration walking in the children’s parade for the 4th of July!

1st – 3rd Grades:  9:00 – 11:00 am
4th – 6th Grades:  11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Past smART sessions:


The celebration of our Fall session was a performance of “The Girl Taken by the Star People”. Students performed it for their parents. The kids sang traditional Tsimshian and Haida songs and told the story through movement, dialog, and regalia.

terri burrTerri Burr, Ahl’lidaaw, is a traditional native artist trained by her elders not to benefit herself. Rather, she says she is “mission bound” to see that her culture lives on. Terri is a curriculum developer and teaches Tsimshian language for the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus and has developed a significant cultural series available on YouTube. In addition to her long-term work with tribal youth and families, Terri is a fluent Spanish speaker. Terri was born in Wrangell and raised in Ketchikan.


ben youngK’uyàang , Ben Young

Our Fall classes is an exciting collaboration with Ketchikan Indian Community. We are honored to welcome Native Art & Language instructor, Ahl’lidaaw (Terri Burr) and Haida Language Educator, K’uyàang (Ben Young), to head up our Fall session. Through art, story, music and movement they will adapt the Tsimshian story, “The Boy Taken By The Star People” using Xaad kìl (Haida) and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian) language. Our celebration presentation will be a performance of the story at the Main Street Gallery.

KIC logoKIC Language Program‘s mission is to document, analyze, and teach Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. In 2008 Tribal Council passed a resolution authorizing KIC’s Cultural Heritage and Academic Services to redesign the cultural arts program to place an emphasis on our Native languages languages, all three are on the extinction list. The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities council is dedicated to the revitalization of Native languages as a means of cultural preservation, community strengthening and artistic integrity.