Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for profiles on Juneau artists. It’s been amazing to see the high quality of incredible work that goes on in our community. Many of the artists support our effort to bring a new arts and culture facility to the Áak’w Kwáan Village District.
“In Juneau there are limited options for where to exhibit so I think any professional level exhibition space would be a huge asset to our community,” said ceramic artist Mercedes Muñoz.
Musician Erin Heist would like a venue with better acoustics for performances. She and her husband are instrumental in the Alaska Folk Festival every year and would like more options for concerts.
“When you think about the economic impact of an event like the folk festival where you have thousands of people coming to town on flights from all over the state or all over the country. Every hotel room is full, every bar, every restaurant, cafe, cars are getting rented. There’s just so much economic drive from a major arts event like that,” Heist said.
Many visual artists would like a larger gallery with improved lighting for their exhibits.
“As a community of creative people, putting value into that building and saying that the arts are valuable and they deserve a special place to be shown and to share, that’s what’s important to me,” said artist and illustrator Sarah Asper Smith.
A new arts and culture center combined with the conference and convention facilities at Centennial Hall would not only improve the quality of venues for artists, it would also be an economic driver for the community.