News and Events

Sitka Summer Music Festival Present Winter Classics

February 7th, 7:30pm, doors at 7pm Sheldon Community Arts Hangar $12 for DAC members, $14 General Admission

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Susan Reed return to Talkeetna for a special performance on Tuesday, Feb 7. They will perform Dutilleux’s cello concerto, and Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway”. “Tales of Hemingway has been nominated for three Grammy awards in 2017, including one for Zuill for Best Solo Classical Performance. Zuill Bailey is an international touring performer, consummate recording artist, and the Artist Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Susan Reed is the principal keyboardist for the Anchorage Symphony, and music educator for the Anchorage Symphony and Sitka Summer Music Festival.

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The Vagina Monologues

Friday February 10 & Saturday February 11

Sheldon Community Arts Hangar

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm

$13 DAC members, $15 General Admission

Come join us for this honest, intense, emotional and sometimes funny performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. This show was created to spread awareness of violence against women and children and to empower women and their sexuality. An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” This is an 18 and older event or with parental consent.



 2017 Backcountry Film Festival

Saturday January 14, 7:30pm, doors @ 7pm

$6 DAC members, $8 General

The 12th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Talkeetna on January 14th at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. This screening is hosted by Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

To view a complete lineup of the films go to!

Making the most of YOUR Arts Council

Have you ever wondered how events come to be at the Denali Arts Council?  Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, it would be really cool to see ________________ happening here in Talkeetna.” or “I wish they would do more of  _________________ at the hangar.”  Well, the truth of the matter is that YOU, as a creative member of the community, have the power to help make those decisions.


You could set the stage!

A community Arts council sets a stage, but is only a reflection of creativity and imagination.   In order for the DAC to express the artistic sentiment of Talkeetna, locals must be willing to share their talents and ideas. What gets showcased is what people like you choose to put into it through artistic partnerships and volunteering.

The Denali Arts Council is an umbrella organization with with a variety of artistic programs under its rim.  While most of our programs have ongoing activities, several have become stagnant due to lack of involvement or leadership.  Here is where YOU come in!

your art could be hereCurrently there are openings for Directors in three of our programs: Talkeetna Artists Guild (fine arts), Susitna Muse (writers group), and Local Motion…for the Love of Dance. As the director of a program, you have a lot of freedom to design events, workshops, and shows.  You can express yourself creativity and set the vision of the program. You can be the director or you could get involved to just produce one show or workshop.

So if you find yourself thinking “Man, I really wish they would show more ____________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!