For the past four years, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), along with partners Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, have produced major exhibitions that have included some of the most renowned wildlife artists from around the world.
The shows have become so popular, that they are now included as a tourist destination for visitors to Alaska. Plans are now well underway for the fifth summer art show entitled, "Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea." According to interim director at the Kenai CVB, the show will feature contemporary art from Alaskan artists, maintaining the bounty of the sea theme that celebrates the riches of one of our greatest natural resources. "We are really excited about the new show and our goal in producing the Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea, theme is to expose school children, visitors to Kenai, and local residents to the most prestigious contemporary art show in the state. Our Grand Opening Gala April 30th this year promises to be the premier social event in the community for adults and children alike that will bring about 1,000 people," said McKenney.
The summer art show has become a year round effort for the small non-profit and McKenney says that the Kenai CVB relies on the generous support of community organizations and businesses to produce such large projects. The projected budget for coming Wild Alaska show is estimated at $70,000, which includes in-kind contributions, shipping costs, educational programs, production and the Grand Opening Gala. The potential audience for the show is projected to be some 45,000 people. McKenney said that sponsorship packages are now available for the show and participants receive the right to market themselves in association with the event. Sponsorship levels begin at $500 cash or in-kind services/goods. For further details contact Diana McKenney at 283-1991.
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