Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:57 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Support makes programs possible

Homer Council on the Arts would like to acknowledge the support of the Homer Foundation and the donors of the Ashley J. Logan Fund and the Jessica Stevens Memorial Fund for their support of ArtQuest, the HCOA afterschool youth art program. HCOA would also like to acknowledge the support of Wells Fargo Insurance for their third year as a sponsor of the ArtQuest program.

ArtQuest is HCOAs youth art program offered during the school year. This years classes include four after school sessions throughout the year, in the visual arts for ages K-8, lead by Katy Countiss. The first session started Sept. 11. A music class series for homeschooled students grades 1-6 lead by Carol Comfort started Sept. 13. A week-long Art and Nature workshop, in collaboration with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, for students in grades 4-8, will take place over spring break. In the spring a teen expressive arts class for high school aged students will be offered in collabortation with the R.E.C. Room.

We are also sincerely thankful for the support of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and its Cultural Collaboration Grant funded by the Rasmuson Foundation. With this support HCOA is again able to collaborate with Pier One and offer our Youth Teen Theater Program.

Theatre Shakes is our tribute to Shakespeare, directed by Brenda Dolma. It runs for 12 weeks, starting Sept. 6, after school for students in grades 6-12. A Midsummer Nights Dream is this years performance. Our Youth Musical Theater program will begin in January culminating in a spring performance.

These grants allow us to offer these programs and turn no child away. We are fortunate to be part of a community that acknowledges the vital part creative arts plays in the healthy development of children and young adults. This, as we know, contributes to the wellbeing of our entire community. Thanks to these grants, community membership, volunteers and donations we are better able to further our mission of providing opportunities for all community members to experience and participate in the arts. For more information, please visit HomerArt.org or call 235-4288.

Gail Edgerly, executive director

Homer Council on the Arts