Island Institute Year In Review

  • Posted on: 1 January 2016
  • By: Peter

Looking back, it's been a wonderful year at the Island Institute. It was a year of residencies, of local programs here in Sitka, of celebrating the past of the Institute and planning for the future

One of the more visible changes has been our move to a new home at 304 Baranof St. With a bit more elbow room in the office, a nice corner for our bookmaking gear, an apartment upstairs for our residents, and a public event space for Story Lab (our youth program) and other local events, not to mention a backyard, the new location has opened up loads of possibilities for us.


Tidelines Ferry Tour

In April, the Island Institute will travel with these four artists through nine communities on the ferry system, exploring the impacts and implications of climate change on culture, lifestyle, heritage, and economies in Southeast Alaska. For more information about the tour, visit our tidelines page.

Sitka, AK

Teri Rofkar, whose Tlingit name is Chas' Koowu Tla'a, was born into the Raven Clan. As a young child, she was exposed to traditional methods of weaving by her grandmother. While too busy and impatient at the time to sit down and weave, these experiences later inspired her to seek out elders in her community to learn these techniques.

Hoonah, AK

Lgeik'i is travelling with the Tidelines tour as a culture bearer and language warrior. She is joined by two young leaders - Mary Jack and Cecilia George - from Hoonah High School and her three amazing children, Shgate (Ava), Wandatan (Sophie), and Deit Xoon (RJ). 

Anchorage / Kaktovik, AK

Allison Warden is an Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist born in Fairbanks, Alaska with close ties to Kaktovik, Alaska.  She is also known by her rap persona, AKU-MATU.  Her most recent show, “Let Glow” debuted at the Bunnell Street Art Center as part of an artistic residency in March 2014.

Hong Kong / Canada

Animals and their relationships with humans, explored from various intellectual and philosophical angles whether emotional, sustenance, or environmental, is a long recurring thread in her works.