Denali Arts Council is a community arts organization. It has provided an ever-expanding range of drama, circus, music, film, photography, dance, writing and visual arts opportunities and events since 1981. DAC involves people of all ages, backgrounds, skills and talents. DAC operates 10 arts-related programs: Denali Drama, Green Light Circus, Hangar Door Cinema, Music Academy, Talkeetna Artists Guild, Local Motion, Susitna Muse , Focus on Kids, The Artisan Market, and Live at Five.
Green Light Circus
Green Light Circus produces an annual summer circus camp and performances for youth. It also conducts workshops on performance skills throughout the year. Occasionally GLC will present visiting circus talent .
Music Academy runs the Rhythm and Red Shoes Orchestra. This is a multi-aged orchestra of stringed and brass instruments. Musicians of all levels are welcome; if you haven’t dusted off your instrument in a number of years, this is the orchestra for you.
Denali Drama produces dramatic events, often partnering with area schools. It enables local playwrights with casting and production assistance. It also conducts training seminars for performers and the stage trades.
Hangar Door Cinema
Hangar Door Cinema hosts movies and film festivals during the non-summer months. They hope to conduct workshops on filmmaking.
Susitna Writers Muse
Susitna Writers Muse promotes and encourages writers in the Upper Su Valley. They conduct writing circles to share writing and receive feedback.
Talkeetna Artists Guild
Talkeetna Artists Guild provides a venue for local and guest artists to display their work. They conduct workshops in the visual arts for the community and assist the area schools with Art Week each year.
Focus on Kids
Focus on Kids is a photography program for youth. They offer workshops and display the youth work in formal exhibits in the North Wall Gallery in the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. They assist the area schools with Art Week.
Local Motion Dance
Local Motion…For the Love of Dance encourages a love of dance and movement. They present local and visiting talent and conduct workshops for dance and movement.
Artisans Open Air Market is a summer outdoor market featuring juried & approved handcrafted art by Alaskan artisans.10am-6pm Sat – Mon each weekend; May to September. A portion of the art sales goes towards supporting Denali Arts Council.
Live at Five
Live at Five: Every Friday evening, from 5-7 pm, you can enjoy a free concert in the Talkeetna Village Park. This is a family friendly event. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and come and enjoy musicians from all over Alaska and the lower 48! This program is sponsored by the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the Denali Arts Council. Live at Five! runs all summer long, beginning Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.