Arts in Education

Fairbanks Arts Association is at the front line of arts education in Fairbanks. Our 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 (FNSBSD), artists, parents, community members and partner organizations.

Artists in Schools Program

Puppetry residency with artist Mary Maisch

Fairbanks Arts matches artists to schools for several weeks of artistic residency in the Artists in Schools (AIS) 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 including Fairbanks Symphony, Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks Drama Association and Opera Fairbanks.

Resources for performing arts organizations:

FACE School Performance Contract

FACE Memo of Understanding



Thank you to Design Alaska whose generous donation allows us to offer F.A.C.E. school performances at a reduced rate per ticket in FY20! 


Very Special Arts

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

This Fairbanks Arts festival celebrates the artistic talents of students 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 for the festival in the past have included FNSBSD Art Center, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, National Parks Service, Mt. McKinley Bank, and UAF Museum of the North.


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

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