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Inspiration and Adaptation hosts weekly conversation exploring Alaska artists’ innovations in pandemic times, our resilience under planetary stress, and resistance to decolonization. Alternate Fridays, 11-noon.

April 23- Dasha Kelly Hamiton: Wisconsin's poet laureate moves to Alaska, discusses social wellness

Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist and creative change agent, applying the creative process to facilitate dialogues around human and social wellness. She is the author of two novels, three poetry collections, four spoken word albums, and one collection of personal vignettes. She has taught at colleges, conferences, and classrooms and curated fellowships for emerging leaders. An Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy, Dasha has facilitated community building initiatives in Botswana, Toronto, Mauritius, and Beirut. Her touring production, Makin’ Cake, uniquely engages communities in a forward dialogue on race, class, and equity. Dasha is a national Rubinger Fellow and, concurrently, Poet Laureate for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.

This program is supported by the Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund, a program of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. The program is administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

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Next Conversation- (Now Alternate Fridays)

May 14: TBD

Land acknowledgment w/ Argent Kvasnikoff and Thorey Munro, April 9, 2021

How can land acknowledgment spark other ways of knowing, being and listening into action? Argent Kvasnikoff shares the significance of Nichiłt’ana and birch for the Ninilchik Tribe, other materials, colors, the spatial organization of the types of structures that were…

Shared Universe Bookclub discusses cultural appropriation, March 26, 2021

What is the value and purpose of writing alternative histories of Alaska? What responsibilities does a person who operates from a distance have to a culture? Shared Universe Bookclub discusses cultural appropriation. With Nathan Shafer, Richard Perry, Lucas Rowley, Leslie…

Mandy Bernard and Berith Stennab, March 12, 2021

March 12 – Skovde, Sweden residency exchange with Mandy Bernard and Berith Stennab   How are international artists-in-residence managing pandemic, distance and dialogue? Fiber artists Berith Stennab (Skövde, Sweden) and Mandy Bernard (Homer, Alaska) discuss their intercontinental collaboration of shared…

Holly Mititquq Nordlum, February 19, 2021

Artist Holly Mititquq Nordlum speaks about cultural resistance and revitalization through her present projects including public art, acknowledgment through art, film and traditional tattoos. Holly received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Graphic Design and Photography from the University…

Nina Elder- Artist In Resident, February 12, 2021

With NPN’s support, Nina is developing It Will Not Be The Same, But It Might Be Beautiful. This multimedia project poetically explores how humans are implicated in the Anthropocene and are also tasked with moving towards a more holistic future.…

Bivy, Contemporary Artspace and Bookstore, February 12, 2021

This conversation is with owner/curator Simonetta Mignano of Bivy, Anchorage artspace and bookstore as she speaks with Hollis Mickey, Susan Share and Ben Huff about their art and the mission of this bookstore and home of The School of Nonfunctional…

David Brame/Dusty Funk, February 5, 2021

During this residency David developed a mixed media show that further develops Dusty Funk and the lexicon of Afrofuturism. David says, “I maintain an active scholarly engagement. Dusty Funk is a series of mixed media Art Experiences that include 3…

Nancy Lord & Jennifer Norton, January 29, 2021

How do artists and writers share truthful stories about fictions staged in Alaska? American physician and explorer, Frederick Cook claimed to have discovered the North Pole in 1908. But who was “discovered” and what was suppressed in this story? What…

Shared Universe Book Club returns to discuss Dirigibles of Denali, January 22, 2021

Reimagining the Arctic and Alternative histories of Alaska. Nathan Shafer discusses Dirigibles of Denali, an augmented reality app/interactive print project that reimagines three domed cities that were planned, but never built in Alaska: Seward’s Success, Denali City and Arctic Town.…

Wild Shore: Beringia, January 15, 2021

What does it mean to create new music with respect for Indigenous cultures, stories and experiences? Found Sound Nation’s Christopher Marianetti and Joe Bergen discuss their new project, Beringia, with Wild Shore New Music’s Katie Cox and Angie Tanning. Found…

Being Future Being with Emily Johnson, January 8, 2021

Yup”ik multi-disciplinary artist raised in Soldotna, now based in NYC, connects with her Alaska audience about her current multidisciplinary project, Being Future Being, and how it has shaped her work in systemic change such as Creating New Futures, land acknowledgment…

Christian Freet & Myesha Callahan Freet, December 18, 2020

Christian Freet and Myesha Callahan Freet are conceptual artists and collaborators focused on self, personal and social contexts, and questions surrounding the nature of reality in photography, literature, video, sculpture, and light. They live in Chugiak. “We collaborate and work…

Rico Lanáat’ Worl, December 11, 2020

Tlingit and Athabascan artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl designed a new postage stamp to be released in 2021 for the United States Postal Service, inspired by a traditional Indigenous tale. The Juneau-based artist says the stamp design, titled “Raven Story,” tells…

Sheila Wyne, December 4, 2020

Anchorage artist Sheila Wyne explore “Three Seasons,” an ongoing series that explores art, alchemy and anthropecene. Wyne presents 3 ongoing series that explore our past, present and future connections to our changing environment. Found and manipulated signage, create future stratification.…

Singing for Strength w/ David Engels, November 27, 2020

How can we create stories from the most authentic representation?  What does it mean to reimage modern storytelling with Indigenous authority, Elder and youth contributions, and our own cultural competencies? Singing for Strength: How Indigenous language, stories and songs enrich…

Shared Universe Book Club, November 20, 2020

How can we create stories from the most authentic representation? What does it mean to reimage modern storytelling with Indigenous authority, Elder and youth contributions, and our own cultural competencies? Shared Universe is a group of Alaskan artists, writers and…

David Brame on Afrofuturism and comics, November 13, 2020

The role of travel and exploration in creating and developing Afro-futurist comics and how it feels to be an immigrant in the nation he belongs to are among the topics David Brame discusses in this conversation. David Brame describes himself…

Kunaq Tahbone Carves Naniq, for Cultural Protection, Adaptation and Resilience, November 6, 2020

“Uaŋa Kunaq Sitnasuaġmiuruŋa, Iñupiaġuruŋa-lu Kiowa-ġuruŋa. Asii aŋayuqaaġlu Qaiyaunaġlu Kayutukġlu. Akaaġa Piziqtuaq. Asii Kiŋigmiut ilutkaa. Ilisaqtuŋa University of Alaska Fairbanks-mi. Aglaktituŋa Inuit Kakiñiit. I grew up in Nome Alaska where my family spent our summers at fish camp. It was there…

Christine Byl & Sara Tabbert, October 30, 2020

Christine Byl is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, a book about trail crews, tools, wildness, gender, and labor. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Willa Award in nonfiction. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Sun, Crazyhorse and Brevity, among…

Art and Pandemic in Sweden with Skövde Kulturhus Kostmuseet curators, Tomas Gustafsson and Mette Muhli, and artist, Berith Stennabb, October 23, 2000

How is Sweden adapting and interpreting the pandemic in artistic practice? Swedish curators Tomas Gustafsson and Mette Muhli and artist Berith Stennabb share their activities. In the summer of 2019, Gustafsson and Muhli visited Bunnell Street Arts Center to promote…

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