Arts in Education

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 access to the arts and is guided through the FACE (Fairbanks Arts and Cultural Education) committee.The Face Committee is comprised of Fairbanks Arts staff, teachers and principals from Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, artists, parents, community members and partner organizations.

Artists-in-Schools Program

Puppetry residency with artist Mary Maisch

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.


School Performances

Our School Performances program is offered in collaboration with local affiliate organizations and provides students the opportunity to attend quality, live performances. Fairbanks Arts conducts administration for school participation through the promotion and coordination of student attendance to performances by partner organizations Fairbanks Symphony, Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks Drama Association and Opera Fairbanks.

Very Special Arts

Fairbanks Arts Association’s annual festival celebrates the artistic talents of students

Ryan Middle School students painting faces at the 2016 Very Special Arts Festival

with special needs. Students can participate in numerous artistic activities in a range of disciplines. Activities at past festivals have included: mask construction, shadow puppet theater, collage, face painting, dance and more. In addition to these hands-on activities, students are treated to a performance by a local musician or dance group. Community partners at the 2016 festival included FNSBSD Art Center, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, National Parks Service and Mt. McKinley Bank.


For inquiries regarding Arts in Education programs, to participate with your students or to sign up as a volunteer, contact

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