Playwriting Bake-off With Dipika Guha

  • Posted on: 30 October 2014
  • By: admin

This weekend, we're hosting a 48-hour playwriting bake-off with current playwright in residence Dipika Guha! Participants will work to write a play in 48 hours, with all plays featuring the same ingredients. We will reconvene in the Yaw Chapel on Saturday at 7pm to share our newly written plays with one-another. 

In a workshop just moments ago, we determined the ingredients for the plays:

Introducing Sally and the Sitka Story Lab

  • Posted on: 16 September 2014
  • By: Sally Helm

Hello! I’m Sally Helm, writing from my new seat in the Island Institute offices on the Sheldon Jackson campus, where my main role will be to get the Sitka Story Lab up and running. A new program this year, the Story Lab will be a place for Sitkans aged 7-19 to expand their story-telling skills in a fun, vital, and playful environment.

Sitka Fellows Profile - Solomon Endlich

  • Posted on: 3 September 2014
  • By: Peter Bradley

​As the first mathematician or scientist involved in three years of the Sitka Fellows Program, Solomon Endlich thinks that the divide between arts and sciences is an artificial one.Solomon, who grew up in a family of artists, says that he thinks of himself "Not as a scientist in the midst of artists, but as one of a group thinking creatively about the world they inhabit together. I happen to use mathematics, but the sentiment is the same and for me that's very important. I do physics because I believe that the universe is a beautiful and wondrous place.  I use physics as a way to ponder and appreciate how and why it works."

Sitka Fellows Profile - Richard Aufrichtig

  • Posted on: 21 August 2014
  • By: admin

​Richard Aufrichtig is one of the six Sitka Fellows living here this summer. He graduated from the theater program at New York University's Titsch school of the Arts in 2011, and has lived in Brooklyn, NY, ever since. He has released over dozen records, performed more than 100 concerts, published a bookof poetry, and written a number of plays, Over the course of the 7 week Sitka Fellows Program, Richard intends to write a book of poetry, a record, and a full length play. These new works will be inspired largely by the original Marseille deck of tarot cards, and will emerge from the same sort of "exploration of character" that guides much of Richard's work. 

Sitka Fellows Profile - Rachel Baxter

  • Posted on: 20 August 2014
  • By: admin

Rachel Baxter grew up looking through boxes of photos taken in Sitka. Her aunt and uncle lived here as she was growing up, and Rachel has had people telling her "you have to get to Sitka" as far back as she can remember. Finally here as part of the Sitka Fellows Program, Baxter is spending seven weeks in Sitka this summer developing her craft as a mixed media artist and experimental printmaker. On Wednesday night at 7:30pm, Rachel will lead a hands-on workshop about experimental drawing in room 105 of the Yaw Arts Center on Sheldon Jackson Campus. The workshop, which requires no previous experience, will focus in particular on fumage, a surrealist technique that makes use of soot from a flame while forcing a surrender of precise control from the makers.

Sitka Fellows Profile: Cathryn Klusmeier

  • Posted on: 11 August 2014
  • By: admin

cathryn klusmeierSitka Fellow Cathryn Klusmeier says that she's "trading the wheat fields for the ocean and the rainforest" after spending four years in the Environmental Humanities program at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Klusmeier is finalizing a book about seven generations of her family in Arkansas.

Sitka Fellow Profile: Bene Rohlmann

  • Posted on: 5 August 2014
  • By: admin

In spending seven weeks living here in Sitka, Bene Rohlmann hopes to replicate the sort of experience that he had in 2009 just as he was launching his illustration career.  At the time, he was a student majoring in Illustration at the University of Muenster, in Germany. After a lifetime in Germany, he took a semester abroad in South Korea, and his time there transformed his art forever. Bene says that his time there "was the most productive time of my life. I was in a totally different place, with a different culture...

The Symposium is days away!

  • Posted on: 11 July 2014
  • By: admin

We've been busy setting the stage for what is sure to be a phenomenal week. We're thrilled to be bringing together this group of faculty and participants for the Symposium, and can't wait for it to begin. 

I wanted to write a bit about the evening events, which will be a great opportunity for those of you that can't make it to the daytime events to get a taste of the Symposium.

Island Institute Symposia Quotes

  • Posted on: 11 June 2014
  • By: Dan Henry

Each of the following quotes was collected by Daniel Henry at the Sitka Symposium and scribbled into a notepad a few seconds after it was uttered, and may slightly deviate from what was actually said.
“The attitude of a writer’s helper is to resist humdrum and flabby language; the normal act of reading is to resist, then perhaps seduced and consumed; the writer’s act is to overcome resistance.” (Wendell Berry)

“Our goal is not to answer, but to share common stories and goals; to give people courage to go back to their communities with renewed energy.” (Carolyn Servid)

“If you become a member of a place, then maybe you owe it some stories, some history.” (John Daniel)

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