Fairbanks Arts Association is at the front line of arts education in Fairbanks. FAA’s Arts-In-Education program is a multifaceted effort that operates several programs aimed at increasing student exposure to the arts and is guided through the FACE (Fairbanks Arts and Cultural Education) committee.The Face Committee is comprised of FAA staff, teachers and principals from Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, artists, parents, community members and partner organizations.
FAA matches artists to schools for several weeks of artistic residency in the Artists-in-Schools program within the FNSBSD; thirty weeks of residency are offered throughout the academic year. AIS residencies are active studies that span traditional and contemporary art forms including music, dance, traditional Alaska Native art, media and digital arts, visual arts, literary art and drama.
FAA’s School Performances program is offered in collaboration with local affiliate organizations and provides students the opportunity to attend high quality, live performances. FAA administrates school participation through the promotion and coordination of student attendance.
Very Special Arts
Fairbanks Arts Association’s annual VSA Festival celebrates the artistic talents of special needs students. Students can participate in numerous activities from all art forms. Activities at past art festivals have included: mask construction, puppet theater, torn paper collage and spin art. In addition to these hands-on activities, performers such as the Inupiaq drum group, Paava, have been featured guests at past festivals.