Sealaska Heritage Institute to hold grand opening for arts campus

    The new SHI arts campus in downtown Juneau.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The new facility in downtown will officially open during Celebration in June.

    Sealaska Heritage will hold a grand opening for the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in June during its biennial dance-and-culture festival, Celebration.

    The opening will include the unveiling of the new Sealaska Cultural Values Totem Pole, a rare and massive piece carved on all sides and the first one of its kind in Alaska.

    The totem, made by Haida artist TJ Young with assistance from Tlingit and Tsimshian carvers, will represent all three tribes of Southeast Alaska and the four core cultural values that guide SHI programs.

    The event will mark a milestone in SHI’s quest to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital and to declare Northwest Coast arts a national treasure, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

    The grand opening is scheduled at noon, Wednesday, June 8. SHI welcomes the public to attend, and the event will be live streamed by SHI.

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