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2013 In Review

2014: A Year of Accomplishments

Year in Review 2013- Download Annual Report Here

  • Students received 0.50 elective credits by completing 120 hours in ANHC's High School Program. Alaska Native dance had 44 students, up 43% from 2013. The Alaska Native art class had 47 students, up 49% from 2013. The Alaska Native games class had 41 students, up 53% from 2013. 
  • Senior students in our after-school High School Program graduated at a rate of 90% during the 2014/2015 school year.
  • We have had 51 interns over the course of the year. During the summer months, interns worked as greeters, gift shop assistants, front desk staff, dancers, tour guides, village site hosts, games demonstrators, and culture bearers. These opportunities help develop job skills, self-confidence, and knowledge in western and cultural lifestyle. 
  • ANHC hosted two back-to-back week long language immersion gatherings in Dennakk'e and Gwich'in Athabascan in August 2014. There were 56 students who attended the language immersions. 
  • In partnership with Alaska Dance Theatre and Theatre Artists United, ANHC produced Peter Buffett's multi-generational rock and dance spectacular at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. Spirit - The Seventh Fire of Alaska tells the dramatic and uplifting story of one man's struggle to reconnect to his past by finding a balance between his pursuit of the "American Dream" and his cultural ancestry, rich in heritage, tradition and connections to the natural world. Performers began practicing in 2014 before performing the production live in February 2015. 
  • On and off-site Cultural Awareness Workshops that were conducted to build awareness of culture in all of our daily lives. 200 students took the Cultural Awareness Workshops in 2014.
  • Our ANHC Walking in Two Worlds program reaches our to at-risk middle school students and stewards them to success through cultural arts practice in Native Games, Dance, and Art. Unfortunately, this program has been temporarily suspended as funds are sought for its continuation.
  • In 2014, ANHC had 31 Master Artists in residence. By the end of the summer, 300 pieces of unique Alaska Native art had been created.
  • In 2012, ANHC competitively bid for the consultation of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy School, Harvard University to develop a strategic development plan to sustain and grow the operations of the Center. Their report proides us with detailed analysis of our operations and we continue to implement recommendations to our current operations based on this plan.
  • Through support from the State of Alaska and the Ford Foundation, ANHC recently expanded the facility to add 7,600 new square feet. This expansion includes three classrooms designed specifically for the instruction of Alaska Native cultural arts - dance, games, and art.