Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Sealaska Heritage Institute next week will open the Walter Soboleff Building to all second graders in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide arts experiences and education to children. everyone.
The tour is part of the Making the Arts Real for Every Child Initiative initiative established by the John F. Kennedy Center for Behavioral Sciences to create equitable access to arts education programs and resources for K-8 students. The Kennedy Center operates 25 locations across the country. Juneau was ranked eleventh in 2013.
The program provides an opportunity for SHI to expose children to the indigenous traditions of Southeast Alaska, said SHI President Rosita Worl.
“One of our goals is to promote understanding of different cultures, and this program provides a way for us to share our culture and our art with children,” Worl said.
Sealaska Heritage first participated in the program in 2015 and art tours are scheduled to take place annually in November. Because of this epidemic, two years ago art tours were held online.
This year’s art tour to the Walter Soboleff Building is scheduled for Nov. 8-10. Students will attend a 60-minute session, which will include traditional stories told by Lily Hope and Mary Daaljíni Cruise, and a visit to the Nathan Jackson Gallery. An art gallery created by elementary art specialist Nancy Lehnhart was used to prepare and teach all second graders in the school district about tribal houses and a glass house screen at Shuká Hít created by a Tlingit artist. Preston Singletary. As part of the lesson, the students created a small screenshot.
The Any Given Child Walter Soboleff Building Excursion is offered by the Sealaska Heritage Institute in partnership with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the Juneau School District.
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