Gallery Exhibitions, Bunnell’s flagship program, opens the first Friday of every month with an artist’s reception, lecture and (new in 2013) a demonstration workshop free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, exhibitions continue to promote education and artistic awareness for the public, and networking, exchange and professional development for Alaskan artists. Bunnell’s Visual Art Exhibition Program, has a national profile and has been funded substantially by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation since 2006.
Salons include concerts and performances of all kinds, readings, talks, films and performance art have been a Bunnell tradition for twenty years. These events offer our community highly innovative and artistically outstanding performances ranging from Jazzline modern dance at Mariner Theater to Alaskan acoustic singer-songwriters and performance art. Nurturing diverse art forms is a hallmark of Bunnell’s reputation as an innovative presenter.
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents professional development opportunities for artists. Art Workshops, including AIS Teacher Training Academy, feature widely recognized art professionals. Workshops commence with free lectures open to the public and range in scope from Symposia with Internationally-recognized artists to workshops for adults in transition. Workshops promote networking, exchange and professional development between emerging art and established artists, and cultivate connections between Alaskans and visiting artists. For three years, Bunnell has offered The Alex Combs Award, scholarships of $1500 for working Alaskan artists to explore workshops or mentorships. Bunnell provides collaborative programming, fiscal and facility support for art groups that do not have non-profit or dedicated space. Arts groups may also hold meetings, rehearsals, performances and workshops in the gallery.