Arts in brief

Nutcracker Faire runs this weekend

The Homer Council on the Arts annual Nutcracker Faire runs 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday in the Homer High School Commons and gym. The faire features artists and crafters selling local, handmade gifts, food, live music and from 1-3 p.m. both days, a visit from Santa Claus. The Nutcracker Ballet also opens at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mariner Theatre.

 

Corcoran School to host Bunnell’s

‘Decolonizing Alaska’ exhibit

This February, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington, D.C., will welcome Decolonizing Alaska, a multimedia visual art exhibit featuring contemporary artists exploring and responding to Alaska’s history of colonization and its emerging influence on sustainability, both environmental and cultural.

“As the world’s attention shifts to the shrinking polar ice cap and the future of our planet, Alaska’s place in the world has moved from the fringe to the center,” curator Asia Freeman said. “Concerns about climate change and cultural survival resulting from colonization have pushed Alaska to the forefront of global conversations.”

A collaboration of 31 diverse native and non-native Alaskan artists, Decolonizing Alaska introduces new ideas around Alaskan culture by connecting endangered traditions with contemporary identity constructs. Artists move beyond stereotypical ideas of dogsleds and Eskimos and inspire conversation around self-definition and the power to express ideas about identity separate from those that permeate popular culture.

“There has never been a more important time to talk about native Alaskan histories and narratives, which have otherwise remained unseen, hidden or overlooked,” said Corcoran School Director Sanjit Sethi. “Our current socio-political climate has created a space where public vitriol, castigation, scrutiny and marginalizing of ‘the other’ have picked up a dangerous degree of momentum.”

Decolonizing Alaska will run Feb.3–March 25 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University.

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