The Homer Foundation is an essential partner for non-profit organizations here in Homer, and Homer Council on the Arts is grateful for their generosity. As the “new kid on the block,” I am continually in awe of how a town with such a minimal population is able to do so much. The values that continue to rise to the surface exemplify how a close-knit community can band together to support each other, even in times of financial downturn.
Earlier this year HCOA was awarded funds from the Ashley J. Logan Fund to develop youth programs. In the fall, we offered TheatreShakes, taught by Brenda Dolma. This has been an ongoing opportunity for students to prepare a Shakespeare play for performance.
With the guidance of Kammi Matson and Briget Doran, we offered over 25 students the opportunity to participate in learning basic skills on aerial silks. What began as one class, exploded into three. Because of the demand, we then offered a class for teens and adults, and a collaborative choreography class in which students are learning how to prepare a piece for performance.
At the same time, we were able to offer Big Top Gallery Arts, taught by Mary Langham, which introduced stilt walking, juggling, acrobatics and tumbling and clowning.
We thank the Homer Foundation and the Ashley J. Logan Fund for their support facilitating these unique and dynamic programs.
Peggy Paver, executive director
Homer Council on the Arts