ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PAGE ARE COURTESY OF IN-SCHOOL COORDINATORS OF AIS RESIDENCIES IN THE FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT. ASCA HAS PERMISSION TO USE ANY OF THE INCLUDED PHOTOS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PHOTOS FROM GOLDEN HEART ACADEMY. FOR ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT FAIRBANKS ARTS EDUCATION COORDINATOR, ANGELA BINGLEY, AT (907)456-6485 EXT. 222 OR EDUCATION@FAIRBANKSARTS.ORG
Margaret Donat at Golden Heart Academy (GHA)
Margaret Donat, a mixed media artist, carried out a one week drawing and watercolor residency at Golden Heart Academy (GHA), FNSBSD’s school within the Fairbanks Youth Facility (FYF). Under her expert guidance, the school’s 24, primarily minority students who have suffered from trauma, abuse, addiction, and/or are dealing with mental health issues, produced numerous pencil sketches and watercolor paintings.
Kendell Macomber at North Pole Elementary and Joy Elementary
Dancer and choreographer Kendell Macomber worked with more than 1600 students in grades pre-K to 8 during her week-long residencies at four elementary schools. She taught creative movement in the form of Hip Hop dance. Each residency ended with students performing the choreographed dances they had learned in front of their school communities and family members.
Felix Webbe at West Valley High School
Felix Webbe, dancer and former instructor for the Cuban National Dance Company, held week-long dance residencies at four schools across the district. Students flourished as they learned the steps, rhythms and social positions of the Bachata, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, and more. Teachers learned alongside their students during his classes and he also gave teacher presentations on the importance of encouraging dance as a complimentary activity in the classroom.
Anvil Williamson at North Pole High School
Anvil Williamson, a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist, completed her first AIS residency at North Pole High School, teaching 120 art students. Over her two week residency, students produced a vast amount of art work, including masks and much more. She also offered a hands-on workshop for teachers and other staff, during which they had the opportunity to create their own ceramic art work.
Teal Rogers at Ryan Middle School
Teal Rogers, aerial silks and dance artist, enjoyed working with grade 7-8 students at Ryan Middle School, teaching them about aerial silks yoga and fitness. Throughout her week-long residency, she taught them the basic concepts for creative movement, incorporating stretching and strength building activities. She also offered teachers, other students and community members the opportunity to have a go during the school’s ‘Bring Your Parent To School Day’. Under her expert guidance several dove right in to floating and inverting, including a couple of school board members.
Mary Ver Hoef at Barnette Magnet School
Mary Ver Hoef, a mixed media artist, carried out a four week, all-school mural residency involving more than 400 students in grades pre-K to 8 at Barnette Magnet School. Students and teachers created personalized 5” by 5” wooden tiles to include in three 4’ by 8’ wood panels that made up a large-scale colorful mural. During the school’s end of residency ‘Meet the Artist’ evening, students and their families gazed wide-eyed as they viewed the mural up on the school’s main entry stairwell. Students are excited to be able to come back years after they graduate to marvel at their individual tiles.
Maïté Agopian at Pearl Creek Elementary and Salcha Elementary
Maïté Agopian, puppet-maker and puppeteer, held her first ever residencies in shadow puppetry over two weeks at Pearl Creek and one week at Salcha. During these all-school residencies she taught 570 pre-K to 6th grade students the art of shadow theatre. Students thoroughly enjoyed their time with Maïté as they explored light effects, played with their puppets & interacted with their peers.
Jamie Smith at Pearl Creek Elementary
Jamie Smith, a sequential artist, carried out a two week, all-school cartooning and drawing residency at Pearl Creek, teaching 486 students in grades pre-K to 6th. His residency culminated with the creation of a temporary art installation comprising of a beaver lodge collage, which included hundreds of hand drawn sticks and logs and over 1000 cartoon beavers.
Iris Sutton at Anderson Elementary and the YESS Program
Painter Iris Sutton completed a two week, all-school drawing and watercolor residency at Anderson Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base involving 218 pre-K to 2nd graders. Iris then went on to teach a one week mural residency to students of the Youth Education Support Services (YESS) Program, for middle to high school aged students. This was Anderson’s first time hosting an AIS residency and everyone was excited to work with her. At YESS, Iris thoroughly enjoyed working with 17 students aged 13-17 with behavioral health difficulties, to create a large mural for their building’s commons area.
Carey Seward at Barnette Magnet Elementary and Ladd Elementary
Carey Seward, theater producer and director, worked with 30 students in grades 7-8 at Barnette Magnet. Over two weeks she introduced them to Shakespeare, acting & theater performance. Carey went on to carry out a second residency in theater and performing arts at Ladd Elementary School which involved 68 4-5th grade students. At Barnette Magnet School, students gave a performance of Act I at the end of her residency, for their school community and family members.