Fairbanks Arts has turned 50! Please join us to celebrate 50 years of service to Interior Alaska.
50th Anniversary Art Classes
Want to expand your artistic horizons? Register for one of these fun classes from local artists. They have generously agreed to donate the registration fees to Fairbanks Arts! Class sizes are limited, so register today! You can register online below or call the Fairbanks Arts office at 456-6485 ext. 224.
Thank you once again to our local businesses and organizations who generously donated gift certificates and auction items to the Fairbanks Arts Gala: Golden Anniversary Celebration and helped to make the event a success!
A Weaver’s Yarn, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Salmon Bake, Almost a Minyan, Bad Mother Vintage, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Cabin Fever Quilters Guild/CJ Thomas, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Carlson Center, Chatanika Gold Dredge, ELM Designs, Enchanted Forest Toy Store, Explore Fairbanks, Expressions in Glass, Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks Drama Association, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Golden Heart Performing Arts, Great Harvest, Heartstream Yoga, HooDoo Brewing Company, If Only…a Fine Store, In My Element, Kohler Entertainment, Kara Nash/ Pioneer Park, Lemongrass, Little Owl Cafe, LUNCH Cafe and Eatery, Marlo’ s Bakery, Museum of the North, NEAT! Artist Studio, Change Made Easy Nomadic Stars, North Star Ballet, Northwoods Book Arts Guild, Opera Fairbanks, River City Cafe, Taylor Gold-N-Stones, The Cookie Jar, The Folk School, The Pump House, The Warblers, UAF Theatre and Film Department, Venue, Wolf Run, and Woolly Rhino.
A little bit of history:
In 1965, a small group of art lovers began meeting to discuss ways to grow and deepen the appreciation of the arts in Alaska. The Alaska Association for the Arts (AAA) was established a year later and was originally chaired by Geneva Emmal and featured well-known Fairbanksans such as Jo Scott, the founder of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. As the only arts association in the state, the AAA board was the driving force behind the establishment of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the construction of the Alaskaland Civic Center (now known as Pioneer Park’s Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts). With the successful establishment of a state arts council, Alaska Association for the Arts was able to focus its efforts on the Interior and became Fairbanks Arts Association in 1983.
Over the last 50 years, Fairbanks Arts Association has opened cultural doors in Fairbanks and the Interior through its sponsorship and organization of both local and touring theatrical, musical and dance performances (including the first operas and ballets in the area), arts classes, arts exhibitions and varied educational outreach programs. Fairbanks Arts plays a central leadership role in the arts community, providing opportunities and resources for artists and organizations, and enhancing lives by offering quality, accessible arts experiences that work toward the collective cultural and artistic strength of Interior Alaska.