Fourth Annual Winter Art Extravaganza scheduled

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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2006

KPC’s Art Student’s League Association will be hosting the annual Winter Art Extravaganza that will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., on Dec. 2 at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the ASLA and the proceeds will help support the organization’s activities throughout the year. Admission will be $5 per person at the door.

This year, the Winter Art Extravaganza will include an auction of student art work, family and individual portraits by KPC digital photography students and student artist Pat Lytle will be drawing portraits on the spot. There will be refreshments, including a wide array of desserts, and music will be provided by Robb Justice and Lee Johnson.

A raffle for two fine art photographs by Alaskan photographer Barry McWayne, professionally framed and matted, will be held and the winning tickets will be drawn during the event. Raffle tickets are available from KPC Art Student’s League Association members and at the KPC Bookstore for $5 or 5 chances for $20.

For more information, contact ASLA advisers Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or by e-mail at ifcra@uaa., or Jayne Jones at 262-0374 or by e-mail at .

Kenai Senior Center, KPC collaborate on project

According to a recent report to the KPC College Council, KPC Director Gary Turner stated that since Spring 2004, 11 KPC faculty members invested 1,575 hours implementing community service and community engagement learning projects in 23 different courses involving 40 classes.

These projects have brought together over 400 students, committing 5,772 hours of service, to 55 community partners.

KPC’s Service Learning Program has resulted in another community engagement project involving KPC students and seniors at the Kenai Senior Center.

For the second consecutive year, students from the beginning drawing class were paired up with senior citizen partners to create expressive portraits.

The portraits will be on display in an exhibition opening at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Kenai Senior Center. The public is invited to the opening reception where they can meet the artists and models and view the portraits. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or by e-mail at .

Kachemak Bay Campus chosen for Big Read project

The Kachemak Bay Campus recently announced that Homer will be one of 72 communities in the United States to be awarded a $9,000 grant to participate in the national Big Read project. The Big Read is a new, community-based program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The project was designed to encourage literary reading in communities throughout the country.

The Big Read aims to address the national decline in literary reading as documented in the NEA’s 2004 survey Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America. The survey showed that less than half the American adult population reads literature.

The Kachemak Bay Campus, along with its Kenai Peninsula partnering organizations, will conduct activities relating to the Big Read from April through June, 2007, related to the novel “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan.

There are a several groups collaborating on the project including the Kenai Community Library, Pratt Museum, Homer Public Library, Seward Community Library, Homer Flex School, Homer Connections Home-school Program, and the Pier One Theater.

Planned adult and youth activities include a variety of book discussions, a theatrical reading, film screenings, and a community thematic discussion. The grant will help support project activities including books, audiotapes, travel, publicity and other resources.

The project will culminate on June 9 with a public reading by “The Joy Luck Club” author, Amy Tan, who is the keynote speaker at the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, June 8-12, 2007 at the Lands End in Homer.

For more information on The Big Read, visit For preliminary information regarding the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, visit http://writersconference.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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