Welcome to the Island Institute
The Island Institute cultivates uncommon conversations about the nature of resilient communities--the web of human relationships and responsibilities, and our connections to the greater natural world.
We use the literary arts as a means of inquiry into the core values of community and promote collaborative leadership as an avenue to deepen democratic principles of civic engagement.
We are a convening organization committed to fostering insight and inquiry that contribute to the global effort to shape sustainable human cultures.
- Upcoming Events
► April writer-in-residence Cedar Marie is woking on a book about women in Sitka's fishing fleet. She will present a talk and slide show about the project on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at Kettleson Library. Please join us!
► Find out about the new cycle of 2013-14 residencies.
► The Institute is a partner in the Sitka Community Food Assessment Project. We encourage all Sitkans to fill out the Sitka Food Survey. You can also find a paper copy at Kettleson Library. Thanks!
► The Fall/Winter issue of Connotations is out and packed full of great essays and poems by Kathleen Moore, Gary Holthaus, Dan Henry, Robert Lee, and other great writers. Become a member to receive this and future issues or purchase this issue now.
► Women of the Fleet
A Talk and Slide Show by Cedar Marie
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm
$5 suggested donation. Refreshments.
► Sitka Writers Read
The next one will be in May. Stay tuned!
Yaw Chapel, SJ Campus
► Literature of Resilience
A gathering of women writers to explore
new strong stories about how we should
live and what our purpose is on a
July 17–19, Sheldon Jackson Campus
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Cedar Marie holds an MFA in visual art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her creative work is inspired by people who work on the water and investigates the cultural shifts of small fishing communities. Pairing research and writing with art production to extend the range of her creative practice, she often combines writing with documentary photography and hand crafted objects from fishing culture to tell a story about the preservation of cultural traditions through living experiences. Commercial fishing informs her creative practice, and her art is intimately tied to expressing the conditions in which people live and work.