News and Events

Mother’s Day Concert

Rhythm and Red Shoes Orchestra and the piano students of Deborah Windham will present a concert on Mother’s Day, May 8th at 4PM at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.  Admission is free, any donations are welcome.  Works by a variety of composers will be presented by the orchestra.  Piano students and string students will demonstrate their progress.  And there will even be some fun with multiple hands on one piano!

David Totten


David Totten’s artwork will be on display at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar starting May 13th with an Opening Reception on May 14th 3-5 PM.
He is a wildlife artist that creates portraits of Alaska’s mammals & birds that are rich in contrast and uniquely realistic in content. His works have a 3-dimensional vitality which invites viewers to join him in his love of nature.

Improv Summer Camp!

Improv Summer Camp
Intro to Improv: May 23-27 12:30-2:30pm
This weeklong Intro to Improv Workshop teaches the fundamentals of Improv Comedy including  basic scene work, storytelling, improv games and the infamous “Yes, And”. Students will learn heightened listening/communication skills, improved confidence and teamwork in a fun and creative environment. This workshop will culminate in an Improv Showcase on Sunday May 29th
(Ages 10-13 No experience required. Limited to 10 students)
Cost $60

Improv Intensive: May 23-27 3:00-5:00pm
This weeklong workshop focuses on the fundamentals learned in intro to Improv and goes a little deeper into the art-form. Students will learn and play more complex improv games, including many games played by the cast of Iditaprov. We’ll also dive into “Long-form Improv”,a more free-form narrative style that focuses on “Truth in Comedy”. This workshop will culminate in an Improv Showcase on Sunday May 29th
(Ages 14-18 Some theater or improv experience preferred. Limited to 10 students)
Cost $60

Improv for Everyday
We strongly believe that improv is for everyone and can benefit everyone. It teaches mindfulness and listening skills that can last a lifetime. In this one day workshop you’ll learn the basics of Improv in a fun, supportive and creative environment. Whether you’re looking to improve your communication or public speaking skills, tap into your creativity or learn to trust follow your instincts, this workshop is for you. Find out how acting like a kid again can teach you skills that will improve your everyday adult life.  Come out and play.
(Cost $15 Ages 19 – 108 Limited to 12 Students) Saturday May 28 3:00-5:00

Space is limited. Forms are also available to download below or at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar during office hours M-F 11am-2pm.
Registration closes May 20th.
Payment must be included when you turn in your registration form
Registration form Ages 19+:improvregistration19+
Registration forms Ages 10-18: improvregistration10-18


Green Light Circus Registration Open!

1925048_494979483941150_1233749972_nAll of the same favorites will be offered such as aerial, juggling, clowning, acrobatics, silks, unicycles and maybe even a few surprises! Not only is participating in circus practice fun, but it is great exercise. These skills help teach concentration, coordination and self esteem which follow youth well into their future. Space is limited. Forms are also available at the Talkeetna Post Office and the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar during office hours M-F 11am-2pm. For questions contact program director Mary Farina at 355-4699. Registration closes May 31st. Payment must be included when you turn in your registration form. Hosted by Green Light Circus. This event is sponsored by the Talkeetna Bachelor Society.

Download registration forms and more info here: GLC Summer Camp Info 2016The Community Green Light Circus Registration

Moose on Parade 2016

It’s back! Here’s the info you need to get your 2016 moose creation going!

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Ever wonder where all the moose around town come from? We are talking about the colorful, four-legged friends in front of local homes and businesses. They are a part of the Moose on Parade project. Join in on the fun by participating in this annual event that helps to support three local non profits. Subissions may be by individuals, groups and participants of all ages. 

Moose on Parade:Moose on Parade info & registration
Mini Moose:Mini Art Moose 2016 info

Calling All Filmmakers….

Presenting the 1st Annual Talkeetna Adventure Film Festival

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Hangar Door Cinema is excited to invite local filmmakers to participate in the first annual Talkeetna Adventure Film Festival. Adventure is defined as “an exciting or dangerous experience”, or “an undertaking involving unknown risk”. To us, that ranges anywhere from a bicycle trek across the arctic to living off the grid. Life is an Adventure, and we want to see yours!

Films must be submitted no later than Wen. August 31st, 2016.  Early Submissions are encouraged.

Film fest will premier Saturday September 24th, 2016

Download Film Fest Application here.

Summer Drama….and my office is Awesome!

It’s Summer time and the stage is hopping here at the DAC.  Some days I feel like my office is a windowless cave that keeps me hidden from the world, but other days….. well, who else can say they have live theatrical productions unfolding in their office?

Circus has come and gone, but we have lots drama underway that we hope to entertain you with throughout the summer.  First up is the Complete History of America, Abridged ….. just in time for the 4th of July!

Some of you may remember the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, which Denali Drama performed in 2012…… well hang on to your socks cause they are at it again!  Only this time they will teach you as much of America’s history as they can in 6000 seconds.  Get ready to laugh and learn a few things you thought you know (but didn’t).  This show is PG-13, so use your best judgment when deciding which kids to bring…..  Open minds and good senses of humor encouraged!  2 weekends.

Next up is our Summer Stock – aka Talkeetna Youth Musical Theater – production of Seussical the Musical.  The talented youth of Talkeetna are working hard to bring you this fabulous show, which showcases a montage of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Mayzie La Bird.  During this production you will be transported from the Jungle of Nool, to the tiny world of the Who’s, then off across the sea to Circus McGurkus.  3 nights only….. this is one to plan your vacation around.

September’s show is still a bit of a mystery, even to me.  Iditaprov will be back on our stage, but in what format, I do not know.  Stay tuned to learn more….. In the mean time, Iditaprov is performing competitive Improv 2 nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge.  Tickets can be bought at the front desk, shows start at 7:30.

Alright, I’ll get back to work and keep on keeping the drama on the stage.  Til next time, Holli @ the Hangar

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 stagnate 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!