Alaska Jazz Workshop Concert Tour

Performing just one night at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar!

Amina Figarova on Piano: Hailing from Azerbaijan, this New York City based pianist is an internationally recgnized composer, pianist and bandleader. Amina is the leader of the Amina Figarova Jazz Sextet, featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The sextet also frequents clubs, such as Dizzy’s in NYC and Snug Harbor in NOLA

Bart Platteau on Flute: Growing up in Belgium, his career began as a classical percussionist for the Belgium National Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Orchestra of the Royal Opera in Brussels. From 1998-2010, Bart was the Head Professor of Flute Major Jazz Performance and Ensemble at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He now lives in NYC and tours worldwide with the Amina Figarova Sextet.

Juhn Damberg – Vibes, Percussion, Composition: John currently resides in Anchorage, where he is the leader of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet, co-leader of JoMaLa and Instructor of Percussion at UAA. John has performed in a wide variety of musical settings nationally and internationally including: origional Latin and jazz ensembles, recording studio dates for Motown Records, with the Detroit, Seattle and Anchorage Symohony Orchestras and Broadway touring shows.

Bob Andrews on Bass: Originally from Iowa, Bob has traveled throughout the USA and Canada, performing, studying and teaching in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Los Angeles. His list of performing credits include jazz combos, big bands, rock, country, funk, Latin and pop bands, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as television, radio and album recording sessions.

Cameron Cartland on Drums: From Anchorage, Alaska, Cameron studied at the Berklee College of Music, UAA and in Brazil. He regularly plays with the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet and has had the opportunity to play with many internationally known visiting artists. In addition to being a performer, Cameron is an educator, teching private and group lessons in percussion since 2000.

Moose on Parade

Moose on Parade 2018 was Moose-tastic!

Our own Lindsay Horning created this sea inspired moose to represent the Denali Arts Council.

It’s that time of year, show of your creative talents while supporting local non-profits.

We want to see your decorated Alaskan animals!


2018 Open Air Artisan Market

Attention Local Artists!  

2018 Artisan Market Application Forms are now available.  Visit our Artisan Market page for Market Guidelines and an Application.

Not sure if you want to sell your art on a regular basis?  Guest spaces at the market are also available.  Download a Guest Application and try it out for a weekend.

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!