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The Juneau Jazz & Classics Fall Festival is in Full Swing 

Juneau Jazz & Classics’ (JJ&C) Fall Festival has begun! From October 2nd through the 7th, residents and visitors in Southeast Alaska will have multiple opportunities to experience live music, from large productions to intimate performances all over Juneau, Hoonah, and Gustavus. JJ&C continues their more than 30-year mission of bringing music to the people with performances by the classical group, Calder Quartet, GRAMMY award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey, and highly versatile ensembles Chelsey Green and the Green Project and the Mike Block Trio. With the rain falling and the wind blowing, JJ&C gives us the best excuse to head inside for adventurous musical experiences.  The week begins with an opportunity to learn from the best. The Calder Quartet and Zuill Bailey will hold a FREE Open Rehearsal on Monday, October 2 at 5 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Listeners will get an inside look at the processes used by professional musicians. If you’re a musician, you won’t want to miss this unique learning experience. But even those who do not play an instrument will gain an appreciation for the work and cooperation that goes into perfecting a performance.   Next, Juneau will get to hear the polished execution of the songs that were practiced during the previous night’s Open Rehearsal. There will be two performances of Strings at Shuká Hít on Tuesday, October 3 at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building. JJ&C’s very own Artistic Director opens the performance with the Calder Quartet with the String Quintet No. 2 in C Major by Boccherini. Then they’ll play the more contemporary Hillborg before taking us back in time with the prodigy, Schubert. This will be your only chance to see the Calder Quartet and space is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out.   Wednesday night brings us the impeccable Chelsey Green and the Green Project. Jazz at the JACC takes place October 4 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Chelsey Green is a classically trained violinist, but don’t let this fool you into thinking this will be standard classical fare. Chelsey brings new life to the violin by pairing her smooth melodies with jazzy beats. She’s backed up by a funky rhythm section that keeps her music from being pigeonholed into one genre.  Juneau gets a rest from live music on Thursday, but the musicians are still hard at work sharing their passion for music. Chelsey Green and the Green Project head off to Hoonah to inspire the young and old while Zuill Bailey regales Gustavus with his flawless playing. While those two are off on ferries and small planes, the Mike Block Trio begins their residency, coaching students enrolled in Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM).   Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Zuill and Chelsey return to Juneau for Puttin’ on the Ritz. This concert is JJ&C’s annual event that showcases their namesake in the best way. The first half is filled with classical pieces by the aforementioned GRAMMY award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey, then patrons can get down and funky with the second half being jazz-focused with Chelsey Green and the Green Project. Your ticket includes catered hors d’oeuvres but bring some cash for the bar hosted by TK Maguires.   Saturday, October 7 is the final day of the Fall Festival with two performances by the Mike Block Trio, another genre-bending ensemble that blends qualities from folk, world, and classical to bring you a sound you’ve never heard before. First, the Mike Block Trio shares their talent with our youngest community members at the FREE Family Concert at the Mendenhall Valley Library. Arrive at 10 a.m. for an activity hosted by the library and stay for the music that starts at 10:30 am. Lastly, the Mike Block Trio headlines the Festival Finale at 7 p.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. You’ll want to come early for this concert too because the students from JAMM who have been learning with the trio will open the concert. This continues a newly established collaboration between the Festival and JAMM that everyone hopes will continue for many years.   All tickets can be purchased at Prices range from $15-$75 and package discounts are available and don’t forget about the FREE events. Your ticket purchases and tax-deductible donations go to supporting the arts in your local community centers and schools. Juneau Jazz & Classics is a music festival that builds community through adventurous musical experiences, purposeful arts education, and comprehensive community involvement with professional musicians. You can also support the organization by joining the volunteer team. For more information, email or call (907) 463-3378.   ###  For more information contact Sandy Fortier at (720) 256-3777 


Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum

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The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is seeking proposals for their Winter Lecture / Culture Share Series to be held on Zoom between November of 2023 and March of 2024. Speakers are invited to propose to give a 30-45 minute Zoom presentation in one of six categories for the Winter Series. The categories are: 1) Talk on your art form or culture or relevant topic; 2) Story Telling – share a traditional story or several stories; 3) Provide an art-making demonstration; 4) Teach a dance/ song or several dances and songs; 5) Share a traditional Alaska Native recipe and give a cooking demonstration to show how to make the dish; 6) Give a presentation on a topic connected to Alaska Native cultures or interests you have researched for higher education purposes, publications, professional interest, or for your work for tribes, villages or corporations. Presentations on sovereignty, boarding schools in Alaska, subsistence, language, TEK (traditional ecological knowledge), museum collections you have studied with Alaska Native material and artwork, etc. and more are welcome. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20th. Applications are available at the Sheldon Jackson Museum or applicants may email for an application. The Zoom events will be open to the general public, recorded, and then placed on the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum YouTube Channel. They may also be posted to Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page and social media pages. Speakers will need to have internet and sufficient bandwidth from their place of Zooming and computer access. At the end of each event, the speaker will give a short Q&A with Zoom event attendees. If selected, speakers will have to provide a brief bio and a bio picture to help advertise the event. Speakers will be given a $100 honorarium from the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum for their participation. A test run Zoom to ensure sufficient connection quality will be done in advance of the event. If speakers are in Sitka at the time of the event/ reside in Sitka, they may do their presentation at the museum in-person and simultaneously on Zoom. If you are an Alaska Native artist or culture bearer and interested in an application to be a winter speaker or are interested in serving on a committee to review applications to the Winter Share Your Culture/ Share Your Research Series or on a committee to review applications for the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, please email to express interest.

Call for Art:  Application for the 2025  Exhibitions in the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks

Artists and creatives residing in Alaska are invited to apply for a solo, group, or curated exhibition in Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery for the year 2025. Each month, the Bear Gallery shows two exhibitions by Alaskan artists or groups of artists working in a variety of media. Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists and are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered. Submissions must be received by October 31st at 9:59 pm AKDT. Exhibition types include: Solo Exhibition: One artist; Group Exhibition: Separate works of two or more artists; Curated Exhibition: Curator selects theme/conceptual focus and selects included artwork. For more information and to apply, visit Teal Francis (she/her/hers) Visual Arts Advisor Fairbanks Arts Association 907 251 8386 ext. 5 Physical: 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701 Mailing: P.O. Box 72786, Fairbanks, AK 99707

Thanks to those who support us through donations and grants:

  • Sitka Patreon Members

  • Alaska Airlines

  • Individual Donors

  • Sitka Legacy Foundation, an affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation


  • Alaska State Arts Council

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