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Like most cultural attractions, DAC has closed it’s doors for the health and safety of our staff and visitors, due to COVID-19. We will be monitoring and reviewing the situation in accordance with state and federal guidelines. In the meantime, we need your support today. Below are three ways you can support Denali Arts Council during this extremely challenging time.

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LIVE AT FIVE IS ON!!!! Just in a whole new way :) First Friday ~June 26th


We’re celebrating our 10th year of live music!


PLEASE NOTE: Due to community safety concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic, Live at Five will be streamed through the radio waves via our local station KTNA not held in the Village park.

Tune in on Fridays 5-7pm to hear live music in the comfort of your own home! KTNA will broadcast the first hour 5-6. We are working hard to add a live video stream to our website as well!

We are so very excited to still be able to offer this annual celebration of artists and are looking forward to sharing with the community in a new way!

We know that life has been a bit strange but it wouldn’t be a Talkeetna Summer without Live at Five! Thank you to KTNA and the Talkeetna Chamber for making it possible and our loving community for understanding and supporting local artists and organizations that aim to cultivate and nurture the arts! TUNE IN!

2020 LIVE @ 5 LINE UP
June 26-Aug 28
Celebrating 10 YEARS!!

26 Steve Durr

3 9th Army Arctic Warrior Band
10 Artificial Horizon
17 Slick Durr
24 Hank Cramer
31 Pipeline Vocal Project

7 Denali Cooks
14 Concrete to Clouds “Jonathan Cannamore” Solo
21 Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
28 Jimmy Sandy

First Friday _on view August

DAC presents A First Friday art exhibition featuring Artist Julia Crocetto titled “Blue and Green”.
Opening August 7th  5-6:30 at Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. 

This body of work is a poem to Talkeetna, containing the composite emotions of loss, homesickness, and the damage humans have inflicted on their home.
Join us on a meditative walk through waterways, an ongoing investigation of post frontier landscapes. 
The artist will be joining us virtually for Q&A! 

Masks are required and only 5 ppl allowed in at a time. Sign in at front desk first.

On view through August – by appointment- 5 ppl allowance.
Stay Tuned for extended viewing times.

June_ Virtual Exhibition_2020 SVS Emerging Artists

Denali Arts Council Presents a virtual exhibition in collaboration with SVS PTSA President Caitlin Palmer.
For the month of June we will be posting work that students of Susitna Valley Junior Senior High School have created daily on our instagram and Facebook feeds.

SVS students are a richly talented and diverse group of young people. Our rural Alaskan school of just over 200 students in the sixth through twelfth grades are a daily inspiration to our school community.

“Our student artists hope these images bring you joy during this time of social distancing. In turn, we hope that by bringing SVS students talent to the wider world it will help our emerging young artists to continue their creative processes into the future.”- Caitlin Palmer

This show was made possible by volunteers from the SVS PTSA, and grants from Jessica Stevens Community Foundation and Talkeetna Batchelor Society.

If interested in any of the work for sale below please contact Note: Artist receives 70% and 30% goes directly to the Talkeetna Artist Guild.

Portrait of a Girl, Mussed
Graphite Pencil
Size: 8”x5″
SVS Grade: 8
Finn Benischek
Lenolium block print
SVS Grade: 10
Indigo Moren
“Monster swirlz”
Price: NFS
SVS Grade: 11
Portrait Of A Boy
Graphite Pencil
SVS Grade: 8
Lisle Coombs
Talkeetna Birch Tree
SVS Grade: 8
Ezekiel Aho
Foggy Night
SVS Grade: 6
Alea Sidelinger
Spirit’s Glory
SVS Grade: 6
回転 “Rotation”
Graphite Pencil
SVS Grade: 8
Finn Benischek
The 100 – Original Lego Sculpture
48” Tall
SVS Grade: 10
Human Museum 
Graphite Pencil
SVS Grade: 8
Wyatt Lewis
Sailing Into the Sunset
SVS Grade: 6
Graphite Pencil
SVS Grade: 8
You’re a Peach 
SVS Grade: 8
Finn Benischek
Stranger Things – Original Lego Sculpture
Approximately 24”x9”x18″
SVS Grade: 10
Holding Hands
Graphite Pencil
SVS Grade: 8
Liam Kaso
Covid-19 Quarantine Photography Project A
Prices and Prints available upon request
SVS Grade 6
Liam Kaso
Covid-19 Quarantine Photography Project B
Prices and Prints available upon request
SVS Grade 6

MAY 27th 2020 LISTEN UP!!! Ali Lee, the Executive Director of Denali Arts Council, joins PICK. CICK. GIVE. CAST to discuss the origins of Denali Arts Council, the importance of the arts to small communities, what they do, representing arts in diverse ways, goals for the future, the importance of community to what they do, how the pandemic affects them, the impact of donations and volunteers, and more.

Pick.Click.Give.Pick.Click.Give. was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2008 to allow Alaskans filing for their PFD online to donate a portion or all of their dividend to eligible charitable and educational organizations. After a three-year pilot project, Pick.Click.Give. became a permanent part of the PFD program. The program was originally managed by the Rasmuson Foundation. The Alaska Community Foundation took over management of the Pick.Click.Give. program in 2015.  In order to maintain sustainability, 7% of all donations collected will go to program marketing, nonprofit tools and resources, and minimal program administration.

This fee is directed to The Alaska Community Foundation, which allows nonprofit organizations to participate in the statewide marketing campaign while minimizing the administrative costs otherwise associated with fundraising.


We are so grateful to have the grant support from the following contributors especially during these uncertain times. Not only do they help us with the funds to do the GOOD work at hand, they are there by our sides strengthening the community around us as well.

We want to acknowledge your role in our mission to promote the importance of artistic expression and opportunity within our home village of Talkeetna the Upper Susitna Valley.

Together we are improving the quality of life in Alaska by providing opportunities of creative cultural exchange and dynamic dialogue around the arts.

With great pride and ambition we carry on moving our mission forward for a shared purpose. Champions for meaningful success, we thank you for uplifting us along the way.

** Community Assistance Program (Revenue Sharing)

Green Light Circus 2020 is CANCELED

Dear Talkeetna community, families, students and beloved volunteers,

After MUCH consideration, Denali Arts Council and its program Director, Mary Farina have decided together to ere on the side of caution and cancel camp for this summer.

Each year Green Light Circus brings together the community in a way that strengthens the very roots of why began our organization in the first place. As one of the inceptive programs within DAC we hope to take these uncertain times and turn it into a pause of purpose. A time to remember all the indelible moments and regroup for a stronger season next year. May we show our community adoration and support to such a great program through continued passion and togetherness.

We encourage the community to send in video testimonials or a circus act to keep the spirit alive! We will then put together a virtual circus camp extraordinaire! Please upload videos you are willing to share to: GLC DROPBOX or mail your usb stick to Denali Arts Council PO box 404 Talkeetna, AK 99676 with attn: GLC, Debbie Whitecar.

This will be a challenging year for us and we will need help. Many of the expenses to keep the building up to par and to pay our two staff members comes from the success of event tickets and a percentage of program involvement. Because we are unable to offer camp this summer we will be issuing full refunds to our program. We ask you to consider making a donation of your deposit or any portion of your tuition to the health of Denali Arts Council as a whole.

Our hearts are with you all during this hard time. We will miss seeing our Circus Students but look forward to 2021.

Any questions please call the Executive Director Ali Lee at 907-733-7929 or the GLC Program Director Mary Farina at 907-355-4699
Thank you.

DAC April Board Meeting MONDAY 4/13 6:30pm

Open virtually to the public

Please follow link below for Zoom meeting. To access the meeting you must have a Zoom account. To make an account just visit the zoom website and click on “sign up for free”. Follow the directions to set up a password. From there all you need to do is click on the link I posted above to join the meeting at 6:30 on Monday. If anyone has a hard time joining the meeting please email

Minutes from March to reference below-

Covid-19 Resources


Here at DAC, we know the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting everyone differently and hope you find our list of resources helpful. You can find resources from online art instruction to uplifting words to emergency funding. We will continue to update this list as we find more resources for you. 

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak from Creative Capital

Foraker Group coronavirus-response

Mat Su Health Foundation Covid Response Grants

Common Field: COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Resources for Online Art Instruction

Emergency Grant Resources from 3arts

Coronavirus Resource & Response Center from American for the Arts

Resources from Artist Trust

Wonderful words from the Albers Foundation via instagram

Meanwhile Denali Arts Council will join in creating new work-styles toward a safe environment. Above all, practice good health, and be assured DAC will always be here. -Ali Lee, Executive Director

Rasmuson Foundation:
  A very thorough list of resources for Alaska
Mat Su Health Foundation:  Grant Opportunity!  Target Wellness Grants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention and Response (CPR) -The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is offering Coronavirus Prevention and Response (CPR)  grants of up to $50,000 to Mat-Su nonprofit organizations. The grants are designed to support local nonprofits as they address unplanned expenses and/or lost revenue relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications submitted under this program will receive expedited handling. Assistance securing a line of credit is also available. 
Examples of things that may be funded by this special Coronavirus (COVD-19) grant program include:

  • Support to build and develop pandemic education and prevention strategies for an organization’s staff and clients.
  • Assistance in communicating with clients about service/outreach changes due to a heightened risk of exposure to Coronavirus.
  • Funding for critical safety-net needs for the clients of nonprofits, including housing, transportation, medical care, childcare, and food security for those affected by disease, quarantine, or school/agency closures.
  • Grants for psychosocial supports and mental health services for staff.
  • Quarantine supplies for nonprofit residential programs.
  • Unexpected work-from-home expenses, which could include establishing collaboration platforms and secure file sharing.
  • Prevention-related expenses for items such as sanitizing supplies and equipment, or professional cleaning of common areas.
  • Costs for offering services to a nonprofit’s clients in less risky ways to deliver services (for example, bringing pick-up or home-delivered meals rather than serving congregate meals, and offering virtual rather than in-person service delivery).
  • Operating expenses associated with Coronavirus, such as lost revenue, continuity planning, or increased labor costs.

Alaska Community Foundation:  Grant Opportunity!   The Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund — Rapid Response Grant is accepting applications from April 2nd, 2020 – April 10th, 2020.

The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is now accepting applications from eligible charitable organizations (501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. May include tribes, churches, local government agencies, and programs) to support operational and programmatic efforts as they grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations, team members, and the people they serve.

Individual grant amounts will be awarded from $5,000 to $20,000 for a total of up to $200,000.  This is the first round of funding.  Further opportunities will come available as the situation evolves.

Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation : links to articles, resources and other materials that you think may be useful to the arts and culture sector in Alaska

Foraker Group Blog 3/3/20:  A collection of resources for nonprofits to help you respond to Covid-19.  “We all have hard decisions to make about what policies we put in place for our employees, how our services may change, and what to do about planned events. Here is a collection of resources to help you to make those decisions. We will continue to keep this page updated as we learn more”.

Alaska Small Business Development Center:  Excellent source of information and help.

Alaska SBDC Business Advisor in Mat-Su:   Julie Nolen, Associate State Director, Mat-Su Center Director and Business Advisor  (907) 373-7232 Email:

AKSBDC Webinars:  Good information on the Economic Disaster Loan, Bridge Loans, and the PPP.

Focus on SBA Loan Programs – April 1, 2020 : 

Deeper Dive into SBA Loans – April 2, 2020

Unemployment Insurance and SBA Loans – April 3, 2020

Upcoming Webinars presented by the Independent Sector:

Free webinar hosted by the Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together the charitable community—a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations—to advance the common good.  

What’s Next for COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits?

April 9, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Millions of nonprofits applied for relief last week through the CARES Act, but we know more relief is still needed. Join us on Thursday, April 9 at 2:00-3:00 pm ET/ 10:00 -11:00 am AK Timeto learn the latest about the relief efforts and additional federal policies to provide resources for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Note: You will have to join (create account) to access the webinar.  No cost to you.

National Council of Nonprofits:Covid-19 and Nonprofits page that is updated regularly with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.