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.

LIVE AT FIVE IS ON!!!! First Friday ~June 26th

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

Together with the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce we’ve decided to allow a bit of time for the recent Covid-19 mandates to slowly open as we reintroduce social gatherings in our village. We understand the safety concerns and aim to meet the needs of state guidelines to protect our community’s health and in return ask individuals to also take the precautions while engaging at public events.

We are so very excited to offer this annual celebration of artists and are looking forward to seeing our community out supporting them!

We know that life has been a bit strange but it wouldn’t be a Talkeetna Summer without Live at Five! Let’s do our part and take extra care this summer season.

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 Ed Washington
24 Hank Cramer
31 Pipeline Vocal Project

7 Denali Cooks
14 Slick Durr
21 Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
28 Jimmy Sandy


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.


Updates about Summer Circus & Registration

While we will maintain our original posted registration dates, we have moved the process to ON-LINE ONLY in order to make it accessible during this heightened period of caution around COVID-19’s transmission and circulation. Please pay with the highlighted link “On-line only” and email registration form to or mail to DAC PO Box 404 Talkeetna AK, 99676.

In the current environment it is important for us all to consider our personal health and safety, as well as that of our community, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). Denali Arts Council leadership and staff are continually monitoring the rapidly changing developments around COVID-19 in the United States and abroad in consideration of how we can limit its impact, and the impact of other contagious illnesses, on our artistic community. With preventive measures being taken nationwide to contain the transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing, We feel confident in moving ahead with our summer schedule of classes, workshops, events and programs which commence May 31st.

We value circus because it is a hybrid of art and sport, and is comprised of a myriad of disciplines, from juggling to trapeze, acrobatics to balancing props. As a result, it not only includes people of varied skills and abilities, but it actually requires this diversity to be whole. When practicing circus arts, trust, coordination and communication skills are developed, and risk taking curiosities are played out in a safe and controlled environment. The non-competitive yet physical nature of the form makes it a unique and beneficial outlet for all ages. Our students are constantly learning new skills and improving on the ones they know, minute-by-minute and on a daily basis.

If you have any further information please feel free to contact our staff via email