April in Bob’s Corner

Welcome to the lengthening days of spring. Since our last update much has transpired. One of the most significant events is an agreement between the CBJ, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Travel Juneau and The Partnership on the Capital Civic Center’s conceptual design. With the additional spaces allocated for the facility, many community, regional, government and business needs will be met to assure a healthy future for Alaska’s Capital City.

With that agreement in place, we have refined our overall project costing model and have been seeking opportunities for funding support. The City and Borough of Juneau, in collaboration with The Partnership, has submitted a request through Senator Lisa Murkowski’s and Representative Mary Peltola’s offices for Congressionally Directed Spending support. While there’s still some ground to cover, we have been encouraged our federal delegation’s attention to detail and by our local state legislative delegation’s interest in our request for state funding.

In March, the Assembly approved an ordinance granting the Capital Civic Center project an additional $5 million if federal funding is secured. We should know within the next few weeks if the project has been selected for consideration in the federal appropriations process.

In the meantime, The Partnership is working on several events: the annual Spring into the Arts program at Overstreet Park on May 6th, a whale watching cruise (date to be announced) and a travel raffle. The website will have the details as they become available. Additionally, The Partnership will host an information table at the Maritime Festival on May 6, concurrent with Spring into Arts.

Of note, Nancy DeCherney has stepped up to become our Fundraising Manager. We are very fortunate to have her involvement with the project. If you would like to reach us by phone, please call 907-419-4206. We would be very happy to discuss the project in person as well.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.
Thank you again for your continued support.

Bob Banghart, Partnership Executive Director

Join us for for the third Spring into Art event: Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 1pm at Overstreet Park.

We’ll have student musician groups, popcorn, and drawing stations with cute animals.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help set up and take down the event, as well as people to help at the drawing stations with tasks like passing out pencils and paper.

This is a free, family-friendly celebration of arts and culture co-hosted with our friends at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Last year more than 400 people turned out for the event.

A special thanks to MK MacNaughton for providing the event artwork for a third year. She perfectly captures the spirit of Spring into Art!


Nancy DeCherney comes out of retirement to serve as the new Fundraising Manager for the Capital Civic Center project. She has worked on the building project since its inception in her capacity as Juneau Arts and Humanities Council executive director. She is committed to getting this building done!

Nancy is a lifelong Alaskan who has been active in the arts and visitor industry since she started selling garnets on the dock in Wrangell at age 4. Among other things, she’s the author and illustrator of the Fiddlehead Cookbook, and wants people to live, work, and eat well. She believes firmly that this project will ensure that for Juneauites, and that it’s essential for our community’s prosperity.





Our mailing address is:
The Partnership
P.O. Box 33193
Juneau, Alaska 99803
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