National Program Brings Kids to Sealaska Heritage Institute

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Second graders in the Juneau School District will be getting an opportunity to experience the arts at the Sealaska Heritage Institute this month as part of a national program called the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative.

    The program was established by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to allow equal access to arts education programs for K-8 students. This creates an opportunity for SHI to expose local children to Southeast Alaska Native cultures.

    “It is so important to teach children about the Native worldview to promote cross-cultural understanding,” Worl said. “We are thrilled that school children will come to the Walter Soboleff Building to learn about the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.”

    The program has taken place in November since 2015. This year's lessons at the Walter Soboleff Building is set for Nov. 16-17, which will include a visit to the Nathan Jackson Gallery and cultural stories told by Daaljíni Cruise and Lily Hope in Shuká Hít in the clan house.

    An art kit developed by elementary art specialist Nancy Lehnhart was used to prepare and teach all second graders in the school district about clan houses and the glass house screen in Shuká Hít made by Tlingit artist Preston Singletary. As part of the lesson, the students made a miniature replica of the screen.

    In addition to SHI, local groups supporting this year’s excursion are the Juneau School District and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.



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