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Tuyanitun : Tuggeht Dedication and Reception at Bishop’s Beach Park, June 21

Bunnell Street Arts Center is pleased to join The Ninilchik Traditional Council and The City of Homer in dedicating a new sculpture in the City of Homer Municipal Public Art Collection with a reception on Wednesday, June 21. Refreshments served at 5:30pm, remarks and welcome at 6pm.  Tuyanitun : Tuggeht (pronounced too-yan-eee-toon : to-get) is a public art sculpture that was installed in October of 2022. It was designed by Ninilchik Village Tribal member and artist Argent Kvasnikoff, with the intention of celebrating Indigenous stewardship of these lands past, present and future. The sculpture anchors a wider, upcoming revamp of Bishop’s Beach Park and Pavillion.

Artist’s Statement about Tuyanitun; Tuggeght / Dedication Speech

  • Tuyanitun is a direction based on an ancient Dena’ina wayfinding system.
  • Tuggeht is the Dena’ina name for the place also known as Bishop’s Beach.
  • The sculpture marks a place beloved by all and evokes boreal spruce, rock cairns, and beach glass.

Learn more about the sculpture here.

Support for this public art project comes from The Alaska Community Foundation Social Justice Fund, Alaska State Council on the Arts, The City of Homer, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Rasmuson Foundation, The Ninilchik Village Tribe, and these individual donors:

Sunny Aldrich, Anonymous, Automotive Collision Experts, Annette and Marvin Bellamy, Myesha & Christian Callahan Freet, Denice & Roger Clyne, Tom Collopy & Mary Frische, Mary & Tom Chouinard, Shannon Daut, Ken Lanfield, Charlotte Fox, Claudia Haines, Karin Holser, Lily Hope, Robert & Kris Hoffman, Lilly Kelly, Asia Freeman & Michael Walsh, Amy and Craig Fredeen, Susan Johnson, Winter Marshall-Allen, Diane McBride, Jo & Peter Michalski, Hollis Mickey, Mountain Spirit Works, Rachel Mulvihil, Margaret Nicolai, Bridget Maryott, Rika & John Mouw, Chris & Angie Newby, Adele Person, Bernie Person, Uncle Herb’s, Joseph Piper, Sallie & Dan Rediske, Bob & Miranda Shavelson-Weiss, Carol Swartz, Vamoose Alaska Vacation Rentals, Susanne Ratcliffe Wilson, Lori & Tom Zitzmann, Robanne Stadling, Mary Lou Kelsey, Thorey Munro, and Christina Fenner.

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Bunnell Street Arts Center’s mission is to spark artistic inquiry, innovation and equity to strengthen the physical, social and economic fabric of Alaska.

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