The mission of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is to create and promote opportunities for all area-wide community members to experience the arts.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Donations to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council (KAAHC) through Pick.Click.Give., will help to support the many programs of Ketchikan’s local non-profit Arts Council. KAAHC’s mission to create and promote artistic experiences for the all community members includes advocacy, education, promotion, mentoring and sometimes just getting out of the way and letting Ketchikan’s inherently creative spirit blossom!
The Blueberry Arts Festival, the Winter Arts Faire, the Main Street Gallery and two annual city-wide Art Walks are the more visible programs of KAAHC in Ketchikan. All of these programs feature the fine artists of our community, and also serve as incubators for small businesses, providing artists the opportunity to experiment with their artistic product, pricing, inventory and marketing.
Ketchikan’s annual Wearable Art Show, a program of KAAHC, is an example of the arts and artists of Ketchikan blossoming. The event is a community favorite which began in 1986 and has been growing ever since. Ketchikan’s Wearable artists continue to raise the bar for each other and artists across the state!
KAAHC endeavors to evolve in response to community needs. Stories at Latitude 56° is a new program that mentors community members in telling their own (mostly) true stories to a live audience. Stories was designed to “re-introduce” Ketchikan-ites to each other, and remind ourselves why we love our community and each other. Arts Uncorked, another new program, is an opportunity for adults to experiment in a variety of artistic mediums with friends, in a relaxed environment. Teaching Artists mentor participants in their creative expertise, sharing their passion and knowledge. Our new Teaching Artist Academy is a program that mentors local artists to become partners in the classroom using their creative skills, enhancing and increasing learning through all curriculums. Outside of the classroom, Saturday Morning ART classes provide bite-size opportunities for Ketchikan’s young people to learn a variety of artistic mediums taught by Ketchikan’s Teaching Artists.
Much of KAAHC’s work include advocacy for local artists, but also for the many other arts organizations and groups in Ketchikan. We do this enthusiastically on many fronts including weekly and monthly online updates, radio segments and in front of elected officials, and more.
Thank you for your support of the Arts Council and the arts in Ketchikan!!!