Summer Adventures at Alaska Fine Arts Academy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 23:00
AFAA actors from the upcoming Bear Paw Festival production of “Winnie the Pooh” ham it up at rehearsal.

We Alaskans love to explore. We take out our maps to find the best trails to hike or pinpoint the hottest fishing spots. But there’s something else on the map you need to explore, and it’s right here in Eagle River: The Alaska Fine Arts Academy, which offers a treasure of adventurous summer programs. The gear for these adventures won’t be hiking boots or fishing poles. Nope, just inspiration for all.

My inner sleuth took me to Alaska Fine Arts Academy (AFAA) in a snap. I walked up to their office and admired all the play posters and art pieces framed on the walls marking 30 years of achievements. Holly Lindsay, the executive director, greeted me and we started chatting about their summer’s programs taught by both professionals and former students. As I listened to Holly, I felt captured by her enthusiasm.

“I just want our community to know the arts are for everyone. It’s my passion,” Lindsay said.

She told me what the community could expect from AFAA this summer, fun fitness classes like Zumba, taught by Annabelle Dedmore. And, this is unheard of—the class is free until the end of June.

Here’s another way to keep your children busy. Let them enjoy spray painting, screen printing and sketching under the supervision of local artist Kenna Bates every Thursday in June and August.

AFAA’s adventure also includes “So You Think You Can’t Dance” on June 23. Your kids will develop in the world of dance from ballet to hip-hop. Instructors of the dance camp are award-winning dancers.

Want to sing? On June 30, the “Into The Woods Jr.” workshop will have you listening to written music designed by Stephen Sondheim. The music he created follows the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Mornings are for learning with Holly Lindsay and in the afternoon she’ll give you the opportunity to apply what you learned and belt it out.

Book your calendar for July 9 for a longer workshop called Art with Stephanie Woods. Over three weekends immerse yourself in drawing and painting with Traditional Still Life Portraiture, Mixed Media and Plein Aire (Hiking and Painting).

For those of you who want to chill a little and create art bring your friends to “Drink and Draw” on July 29 with Stephanie Woods. Refreshments, wine and beer will be available. Please have a designated driver to get you home if you drink.

Look for more summer art and music adventures including “Winnie the Pooh” at the Bear Paw Festival, “Wizard of Oz” musical sessions, a magic camp, a robotics camp, musical lessons, fundraisers and more by going to

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