Arts in Brief

‘Shore: Homer’ closes with Friday show

Shore: Homer at Tuggeght closes its week-long visit to Homer with a performance at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop’s Beach, also known as “Tuggeght,” or “by the water,” the Dena’ina name for the area. Meet at the loon at the park. The performance ends at Bunnell Street Arts Center about 6 p.m. for the second half of the show. Performance artist Emily Johnson and her company, Catalyst Dance, present Shore. It celebrates the places where people meet and merge — land and water, performer and audience, art and community, past, present and future. It’s the third part of a performance trilogy exploring the complex terrain of identity, memory, ancestry, land and community.

Shore incorporates storytelling, community action, performance and feasting. Homer at Tuggeght started with storytelling on Tuesday. On Wednesday, volunteers also did community work at Woodard Creek. Thursday is a Woodard Creek action starting at noon at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Shore ends with a potluck feast at 6 p.m. Saturday, also at Bishop’s Beach-Tuggeght. Tickets for Friday’s performance are $20, available at Bunnell Street Arts Center, online at and at the loon starting at 5 p.m.


New foundation formed

A new Alaska foundation to support small projects has formed. Launched this month is the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

“The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time,” said Erin Hollowell, dean of the Alaska Chapter, Awesome Foundation.

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. Micro-grants of $1,000 come from donations by the chapter’s trustees, and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects, she said.

The Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation funds only Alaskans. Each month, the trustees will choose one project to award a $1000 micro-grant. They are looking for innovative, fun, ingenious ideas that impact both the individual and the local and larger community. To learn more about the Alaska Chapter, how to apply for a grant and the Awesome Foundation, visit To contact the Alaska Chapter directly, email

Trustees of the Alaska Chapter hail from across the state and include Ken Castner, Janie Leask, Nancy Lord, John and Rika Mouw, Neil and Kyra Wagner, and Daniel Zatz from Homer; Anne and Owen Hanley, Dorli McWayne and Kesler Woodward from Fairbanks; John and Jan Straley from Sitka; and Ray and Michelle Troll from Ketchikan.

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