Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

Beer poems contest ends Monday

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and Borealis Brewery are celebrating National Poetry Month in April by holding a contest for beer-related poems. Winning poems will be printed on Borealis Beer labels and winning poets will receive a growler of Borealis Beer every month for a year. The entry deadline is Monday. Poems may be sent to the Borealis Brewery, 349 Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501. For more information, call Karen Compton at the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 227-2527 or S.J. Klein at the Borealis Brewery at (907) 278-5480.

Writers conference planned

Registration is being held for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference to be held June 23-27 at Land's End Resort in Homer. Sponsored by Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay Campus. There will be more than 30 visiting writers and faculty attending with keynote presenter being nationally-acclaimed novelist Russell Banks. For more information, visit the Web site at or call 235-7743.

Pratt Museum enlists docents

The Pratt Museum is looking for enthusiastic and well-spoken individuals to act as docents for its upcoming exhibit, "Looking Both Ways; Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People."

A docent is a museum and exhibit interpreter who greets visitors, answers questions and helps share information presented in exhibits. "Looking Both Ways" is a cooperative exhibit. It tells the story of the Alutiiq people, featuring rare artifacts, historic photographs and the words of elders.

The docent program will explore the Alutiiq heritage and strengthen the link between past and future. In preparation, docents will participate in three half-day workshops, learning about the exhibit, touring the museum, participating in discussions about Alutiiq history and practicing giving tours under staff direction, all free of charge.

In addition to preserving and perpetuating Native traditions, this is a great experience to add to a resume, a wonderful chance to learn about the museum, and to work on communication skills.

Docents must be available on April 30, May 1 and 2 for training, as well as be able to commit to working at least 100 hours during the exhibit's three month showing. For more information, contact Michelle Bayes at 235-8635 ext. 25.

Visual arts scholarships offered

The Kenai Peninsula Art Guild is offering art scholarships to people 18 or older who are in college or show continual interest in visual arts. The scholarships may be used to defer educational costs or to provide assistance in a private setting. Applications are available at the art guild in Old Town Kenai. For more information, call 260-7652.

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