Join us this Sunday the 19th 2-4pm for a reading by UAA Teachers and MFA grads! Donation based. Concessions will be open!

Check out a featured few writers below👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

✍🏼Jessica Shepherd, a long-time Alaskan, is a biologist and science writer. She lives in Homer and finds pleasure in wild places, gardening, and dogs, which find their way into her literary works. She is a 2019 graduate of the UAA MFA program.

✍🏼Pamela Simmons is an English and Creative Writing Instructor in the UA system and teaches for both KPC and MatSu College. She is a 2019 MFA graduate from the Creative Writing and Literary Arts program at UAA, and she is president of the board of directors for Alaska Women Speak.
✍️David Stevenson is the director of the Creative Writing and Literary Arts program.  He has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years.  His novel, Forty Crows, is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
✍🏽Dan Branch lives and writes in Juneau, Alaska. He has won two first prizes for poetry, one awarded by Charles Bukowski. His essays have appeared in Swamp Ape Review and other literary journals in the United States and Wales. 
✍🏽Monica Olson recently retired from a 30 year Foreign Service career at USAID.  She is a graduate student at UAA working towards an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.  Her work in progress:  Searching for Benny’s Grave, a genealogical journey that uncovers a secret gangster uncle whose detailed life provides a window into her estranged father.
✍🏻Ginger Hudson writes about the environment and gardening. She is active in the Alaska Native Plant Society and the Master Gardeners. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UAA. Her work in progress is: The Life and Legacy of Verna Pratt, Alaska’s Wildflower Wizard, for which she is always collecting stories. 

✍🏿Pamela Hays is a clinical psychologist in Soldotna, former faculty member of Antioch University in Seattle, and author of several books on psychotherapy including the self-help book Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Place.  


Denali Arts Council invites you to sumbit your work to the following group show categories:

“Anonymous Show” Exhibit your work in a classified nature. Allow the art to speak for itself. No names will be represented.  
All mediums are accepted. Submission Deadline January 10th.

“ski. noun. ( ˈskiː) Narrow wood or metal or plastic runners used in pairs for gliding over snow. ” Redefine the way you envision skis through artful practice.
All mediums are accepted. 
Submission Deadline February 10th

“Fledgling” – In celebration of “Birdathon” we welcome artists to exhibit all works with the subject matter being birds.
All mediums accepted.  
Submission Deadline April 10th.

Please submit work and interest to: [email protected] with the subject line referring to what category your applying to. 

Making X-Mas Great Again: A Roller Coaster of Holiday Cheer!

Denali Drama Presents:
Making X-Mas Great Again:A Roller Coaster of Holiday Cheer!
At the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Downtown Talkeetna

Play runs: Dec 19, 20, 21 and 27, 28, 29 | 90 minutes
Come and enjoy an evening of the ups and downs of the holiday season. Music, Satire, and Drama combine to create a whirlwind of family entertainment.
Doors open at 7pm Show starts at 7:30 Talkeetna Time




On view September 7 to October 5.

NOTE: Open Reception is on 9/28 at 6pm.

Mission Moon Glow hopes to make you rethink your relationship to the moon! Carol + Tom Turner celebrate Talkeetna’s connections to the moon as a shared experience. For this unique lunar experience, based on Tom Turner’s Lunar Calendar works, Carol + Tom have transformed the two-dimensional photographs into a large-scale three-dimensional inflated moon.  Mission Moon Glow is a sculptural, and audio installation.

Tom Turner Photography



Denali Arts Council’s chance to thank our stellar members and invite a new! GATHER, DANCE, EAT AND CELEBRATE THE ARTS with us.

6PM -Our Annual Membership meeting and voting for board members will take place

7PM Party! Don’t forget your western attire 🙂


Board of Directors Recruitment


Are you impassioned by the arts and willing to dedicate your time and knowledge to our mission?! Denali Arts Council is looking for enthusiastic and heart based team members to cultivate ideas, meet strategic goals, and be a trailblazer of the arts. Join our team and contribute during a VERY important new chapter of Denali Arts Council’s history.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

TIME TO STEP UP – Please submit letter of intent by September 28th. We will be interviewing board candidates. Voting is Oct 5th at our annual “Take back the town” Fall Harvest membership party.

*Remember that board service is a privilege! That working on behalf of your organization is a gift. That public service is core to the betterment of our society.

OK, so let’s get to the meat of it.

  • What do you know about our organization? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to us?
  • What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
  • Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service (state give/get clearly). Can you tell us about your experience in fundraising?
  • Would you be willing to attend a lunch with the E.Din which the goal was to make a major donor ask?
  • Board members bring experience, wisdom, strategic thinking, and their rolodexes.  Can you tell us about yours?  
  • What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar? There will be meetings between board meetings and events to house manage.


  • Passion for the cause
  • Motivation and Interest
  • Wisdom
  • Relevant Context
  • Eagerness to participate at every meeting
  • Willing to prepare ahead for meetings
  • Anxious to serve on committees
  • Toughness & Collegiality
  • Strong desire for stewardship to others
  • Supportive, but willing to express their own opinion
  • Courage
  • Strives to learn as much as possible
  • Organization ambassador
  • Engages with board outside of board meetings
  • Committed

Please submit a Letter of Intention in which you state why you wish to be a member of the board, and a relevant biography of why you are qualified to serve. Describe your background, experience and strengths that you would bring to board service, as well as your interests, vision and goals you have for Denali Arts Council. 

Please submit your letter to [email protected] 

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.

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 two of our programs: 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 “I really wish they would show more _________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!