Tag: Sitka Fellows

Microphone in hand, Gibson unearths traditions of the land

Sarah Gibson is an oral historian and musician who lives in North Carolina. Gibson is one of six Sitka Fellows in residency this month at the Island Institute this summer. Raised in a rural community in Vermont, Gibson is compelled by land and people, and how the relationship between the two expresses itself in traditional arts and storytelling. Gibson will be leading a how-to oral history workshop tomorrow (09-27-15) at 7 p.m. in Fraser Hall, teaching participants how to do interviews with loved ones and neighbors. Downloadable audio.

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Artist dives into ocean ecology (and dances with sea lions)

Ellie Schmidt is a visual artist and one of the six Sitka Fellows in residence at the Island Institute this summer. She uses feminist ideas and a variety of media, from underwater photography and video mapping to ceramics, to tackle ecological issues, with special emphasis on living in an era of climate change. Tomorrow (08-20-15), Schmidt will lead an improvisational dance workshop called “How to Dance with Sea Lions.” Downloadable audio.

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Sitka Spotlights

Sitka Fellow, Sarah Gibson has been working on a new series called Sitka Spotlights. Tune in on Monday mornings after the Writer’s Almanac to hear local residents sharing their art, work, and traditions with KCAW...

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Heckendorn: On branding a post-partisan Alaska

John-Henry Heckendorn is a political thinker, manager of a communications consulting firm, and one of the six Sitka Fellows in residence at the Island Institute this summer. Through his work on political campaigns, he wants to shift Alaska’s place in the national conversation from the land of “reality TV, Sarah Palin style politics” to a post-partisan “role model for Washington D.C.” He talks about the relationship between politics and sports, and what makes campaigns in the state of Alaska especially unique. Tomorrow (08-13-15), he will be leading a discussion about how voters relate to political advertising at 7 p.m. in Fraser Hall. Downloadable audio.

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Walking through dreamscapes with illustrator Ramona Ring

Ramona Ring is a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany and one of six Sitka Fellows in residency this month at the Island Institute. This summer, Ring is working on a graphic novel about a child growing up in a dysfunctional family. Ring will be doing postcard-sized portraits of Sitkans at the Backdoor every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m through September 2, 2015. Downloadable audio.

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