Thank you!

  • Posted on: 27 March 2015
  • By: Peter

As it often is, the generosity of our community was on full display this past weekend as the Island Institute hosted two big events. One was a retrospective, celebrating the work of recently retired Carolyn Servid and Dorik Mechau, looking back at the history of our organization. The second was an auction, a fundraiser to build the future of the Island Institute as we work to build on past programs to strengthen our community through story and conversation. 

30 Years Later, an article By Jeremy Pataky

Published this week over on the 49 Writers Blog, Jeremy Pataky wrote up this lovely article looking back at the Island Institute's history.

I watched the ferry chug off toward Alaska every week from Bellingham, Washington while I was in college. I loved northwestern Washington, and the proximity of the Canadian border twenty miles up the road. Every time I watched that blue ferry leave, though, magnetic bits inside me pulled for points north. 

A Poem for Carolyn and Dorik by Sheila Nickerson

As we approach the Island Institute Retrospective on March 21stwe're posting letters from people who have crossed paths with the Institute over the years. This note is from Sheila Nickerson, a Symposium faculty member. 


An Appreciation:  For Carolyn and Dorik


There was a forest full of stories waiting to be told.

We came to a house with totem poles standing guard,

glyphs sitting cross-legged in the shade,


Upcoming, Current, and Recent Residents

In Sitka February, 2015

Dr Jesse Blackadder is a previous Island Institute Fellow (from 2007). She is an author of award-winning adult and children’s novels with environmental themes, and an environmental journalist. Dr Carol Birrell is an academic, writer and environmental artist from the university of Western Sydney.

In Sitka December, 2014

Jimmy Riordan is an Alaskan born multidisciplinary artist and educator. Though technically trained in book-arts and printmaking, his practice is not bound by any specific media. Dealing in both images and experience, his work often involves collaboration, asking the audience and other artists for their participation. Community and location play a large role in Riordan's choice of form and development of content. 

In Sitka October, 2014

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia, and the United Kingdom. She spent two months in Sitka through the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program, working on a new play, a television screenplay, and hosting readings and workshops while here.