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The Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage closed its doors on July 29th after nearly 30 years in operation. Out North’s Board of Directors laid off the six staff members and asked resident art groups to remove their belongings by early September, citing financial concerns. As artists and fans mourn the loss of one of the city’s great art houses, no one seems sure about what will happen next.
Out North was such a beloved place that it’s hard for some artists to talk about it in the past tense.
“A lot of people were talking about OutNorth — it was a buzzy place, it was fun,” says artist Drew Michael. “And now that they’re closed… or… not open, a lot of people are wondering, like, whoa, what happened?”
Drew Michael first developed his show Aggravated Organisms with painter Elizabeth Ellis at Out North. It featured large, Native-style wooden masks representing major diseases affecting Alaskans. The success of that show meant Michael was able to begin touring it around the city and state. Michael says losing the space is a big blow.
“I think it’s really hard for the art community to see a place that was really prominent for artists to express themselves close down,” he says. “Now we have one less space to work with, you know.”
The space housed not only visual art, but all kinds of events and programs, including theater performances, film screenings, workshops for teens, and a radio station, KONR, that just went off the air, too. Teeka Ballas, founder of F Magazine and former Operations Director for Out North, says much of the arts community is pretty shocked.
“I think we’re all reeling in the same way,” says Ballas. “Not only do we suddenly feel homeless, but it is a huge loss. It is the only place that could house so many of the different types of events that we did. It just feels like an emotional blow for all of us. I think I can speak very freely for all of us that we all were just emotionally set back and are still really emotionally set back on this.”
Ballas says F Magazine had to postpone its annual fundraiser, which had been scheduled for August 9th at Out North. She’ll have to find a new venue. And Indra Arriaga, founder of Anchorage’s Day of the Dead celebration, also doesn’t know what will happen. The event has been held at Out North every November for the past six years. She’s sure it will go on, but it may have to take a different shape.
“We’re still a little shell-shocked, and we’re not really sure what we’re going to do,” says Arriaga. “You know, OutNorth closing is just… it’s a huge hit for the arts community.”
Still, this isn’t the first time that closure has loomed for Out North in the years since it was founded in 1985, says Board President Chrissy Bell. It may seem like a sudden move, but Bell says it was necessary; Out North wouldn’t have had enough money to pay staff for their time if the board had waited even another month.
“Like many nonprofits, OutNorth has struggled with sustainability really throughout its history,” Bell says. “It’s been a constant struggle for us.”
Bell says they want to figure out what sustainability would look like, and that could be difficult. Out North’s consistent presentation of risky and challenging work has been a source of discomfort for some, but Teeka Ballas says that is also an important role for an art house to play.
“We did a lot of work that pushed the envelope,” Ballas says. “Stuff that was cutting edge, maybe, but also stuff that made people uncomfortable. And I think that’s a really big responsibility of the arts and arts administrators in any city: to allow a forum for art that pushes the envelope, makes people uncomfortable, makes people think, makes people be introspective.”
Ballas is confident that artists will continue to find avenues for challenging expression in Anchorage, with or without Out North.
“I have faith that at least through this contingency that we will somehow band together one way or another,” she says, “and continue what we’re doing through the community.”
Still, Ballas is frustrated that Out North’s audience had no chance to weigh in before the board made its decision. But Chrissy Bell says it wasn’t easy for the board, either. And taking this time to figure things out is critical to give Out North a chance at all.
“It was a very difficult and emotional decision for us to do this,” Bell says, “but it was really we felt like our only choice and our best chance to address what sustainability means for us once and for all.”
There will be one more show this fall: UNmanly, a mixed media exhibit curated by Michael Walsh. It opens on August 16th and will have limited gallery hours on Saturdays from noon to 4pm until September 14th. Bell says that’s due to a contractual agreement with the artists.
But that’ll be the last one, for now. Bell says the board’s hope is that OutNorth will be able to reopen, in some form. But it’s still impossible to predict what that form will be.
The Chilkat Valley near Haines in Southeast is known as the Valley of the Eagles. But some residents are trying to bring the valley back to its roots, literally. Agriculture is making a comeback in the where longtime resident George Campbell believes he has the largest crop of garlic in the state this year.
George Campbell and Ed Byarski are farming partners. From their potato and garlic fields you can see towering peaks on both sides, with a grand river just a few hundred yards away, winding its way to the ocean.
This is the Chilkat Valley. And it’s harvest day for 2,700 head of garlic at 18 Meadows Farm.
“This is our second year of garlic harvest on 18 Meadows Farm,” Byarski said. “We’ve been digging, washing, sorting garlic all day with the help of a bunch of friends; and enjoying the smell of fresh garlic.”
Each bulb of aromatic garlic gets washed twice by hand, then put on drying racks.
Some motorists heeded the plywood sign on the road announcing a garlic festival and stopped by to purchase some.
Campbell: “How much are we selling garlic for?”
Ed: “What’s he got? He wants $10 worth. That’s a lot of garlic. But garlic is good for you. You can mix it in with mosse, salmon, halibut. It goes good with all that stuff.”
Eighteen meadows farm is just one of at least two dozen small farming operations popping up near Haines. Some families are growing more of their own food, some are growing for the weekly Haines Farmer’s Market and some like Campbell and Byarski are thinking bigger. They hope to sell at farmers markets in Juneau and, to local restaurants.
In Haines, fresh produce mostly comes by barge once a week. But stores are starting to stock locally grown produce. Christy Wright is the produce manager for the local Oleruds Marketplace on Main Street. She stocks local chard, carrots, lettuce, kale, garlic and snap peas.
“The produce we get here sits on a barge for a week before it even gets to the store,” Wright said. “So, if you can buy locally, it’s just picked yesterday and it’s much better quality.”
This isn’t the first time the Chilkat Valley has produced food for its inhabitants beyond the usual salmon, moose, and berries. The local army installation, Fort Seward, relied on locally grown hay and foods during the early and mid-1900s. And the Anway Strawberry was first bred here the early 1900s by pioneering geneticist, Charlie Anway.
Before that, local Natives grew crops, like the Tlingit potato. Perhaps some of those spuds grew on a plot of land now belonging to a Chilkoot Indian Association tribal member who is sharing her land with the tribe’s new agricultural program. Heading up that program is Scott Hanson. He recently went to check on the first crop of potatoes at the property, a swath of two acres that looks out over the Chilkat River and Cathedral Peaks.
As he walks across the clearing on this warm and windy day, Hanson says the tribe’s program is working to extend the values of subsistence
“Subsistence is working with the land,” Hanson said. “Yes, the land provides almost exclusively the salmon and the berries and yet how we manage that has a great effect on whether that will be here again.”
“So this is an extension of land management.”
Local farmers say the climate here is ripe for growing. Haines gets less rain than other parts of southeast, but less heat than northern regions. Cabbages aren’t going to grow to Fairbanks size. But they are going to get more sun than Petersburg. Even Hanson says he was surprised when he discovered Haines has a favorable growing climate.
“And it’s been document in the Alaska Crop Production Handbook from the state of Alaska it their little chart of growing seasons days, and we’re the top,” Hanson said. “It was remarkable to me as I looked through it, I thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got some potential.’”
And back at 18 Meadows Farm, Campbell and Byarski are hoping that climate brings them even more garlic and potatoes next year.
“For me, being able to grow my own food, you know, the price of food is going up as the price of freight is going up and it’s something to give a try,” Campbell said. “And what else am I going to do with this much property right now?”
Reporting from The burgeoning breadbasket of northern Southeast – near Haines, that is, I’m Margaret Friedenauer
This week, we’re heading to Kake, a community of about 700 people on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg. Ruth Demmert lives in Kake Alaska.
How Are Alaska’s Schools Doing?
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
Last year, half of Alaska’s schools were considered failing under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Next year, every single school – even the state’s blue ribbon ones – would have gotten an “F” grade. So, Alaska decided to join dozens of other states across the country and apply for a waiver. Friday, the state Education Department has unveiled its new system for judging schools, with hopes of providing a better picture of how well the state’s education system is working and where it needs to be improved.
USCG Arctic Strategy Requires More Ice Breakers
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The number of ships through the Bering Strait grew by more than 100 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
As nations attempt to stake claims for rich Arctic resources, the U.S. currently has little presence there. The Coast Guard has only two ice breakers capable of operating in the region. One of those cutters, the Polar Star, is back in service after a major rebuild.
Anchorage Committee Exploring Possible Olympic Bid
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A committee has been organized in Anchorage to explore the possibility of the city hosting the Olympics in 2026. Mayor Dan Sullivan will lead the Anchorage Olympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee.
More Moisture Finally Forecast For Interior
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The hot dry weather pattern that’s predominated much of this summer is forecast to end.
Fish & Game Asks Hunter To Delay Bird Hunts
Dan Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has asked bird hunters to hold off for up to two weeks. While the season for upland game birds looks promising, a late spring means chicks are small and family groups are sticking together later than usual.
Out North’s Closure A Blow For Anchorage Artists
Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage
The Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage closed its doors on July 29th after nearly 30 years. The organization’s Board of Directors laid off the six staff members and asked resident art groups to remove their belongings by early September, citing financial concerns. As artists and fans mourn the loss of one of the city’s great art houses, no one seems sure what will happen next.
AK: Home Grown Garlic
Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines
The Chilkat Valley near Haines in Southeast is known as the Valley of the Eagles. But some residents are trying to bring the valley back to its roots, literally. Agriculture is making a comeback in the area. And longtime resident George Campbell believes he has the largest crop of garlic in the state this year.
300 Villages: Kake
This week, we’re heading to Kake, a community of about 700 people on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg. Ruth Demmert lives in Kake Alaska.
The feel of the air at night has changed. Fall is coming. Time for berry picking. It’s been a great year for berries across Alaska, and on today’s show, we will talk in detail about where, how, and what to pick, and how to handle your harvest with experts on the art, science, health and culinary details of berries, and share the warm feeling of this wonderful family tradition.
- Preserving Alaska’s Bounty, from Cooperative Extension
- Berry picking around Anchorage, from Visit Anchorage
- Berry gallery from Alaska Dispatch
HOST: Charles Wohlforth
- Leslie Shallcross, Associate Professor of Extension, UAF
- Dr. Gary Ferguson, Director, Wellness and Prevention Department, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Jennifer McGovern, berry picker
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