Birders watch for shorebirds on the deck of the Lighthouse Village. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival kicked off its 22nd season over the weekend.
“We had 892 registrants. Many events were sold out before the weekend even started, and almost all our Shorebird Festival merchandise is gone,” said Homer Chamber of Commerce Director Jim Lavrakas. “We may order more on our ‘Bird Nerd’ line of clothing because they were so popular.”
The event is sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Maritime Refuge.
Pratt Museum hires visitor services manager
The Pratt Museum’s newest employee, Kari McKahan, is very proud to join the Pratt staff as the newly appointed Visitor Services Manager.
An avid adventurer and world-traveler, McKahan relocated to Homer three years ago after living in New York City for more than 17 years. She simply “fell in love with it.”
McKahan is enthusiastic about Homer and its history, having grown very attached to the community, its people, resident artists, Kachemak Bay and the surrounding area.
She earned her BA in English and World Literature from Pitzer College in Southern California. She recently attended the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences in NYC, completing their personal fitness trainer program. Her diverse professional experience includes an extensive background in fashion merchandising, public and media relations, communications and marketing and tourism and hospitality.
Curious and creative, McKahan enjoys photographing Alaska landscapes and lifestyles, writing, bird watching, bear viewing, flying in bush planes and experiencing all the wonder Alaska has to offer.
Second health assessment
MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula – a local coalition working together to improve community health – has recently completed its second community health needs assessment.
The purpose of this assessment is to provide data and information on a broad spectrum of quality of life issues within our Southern Kenai Peninsula community (cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health). The assessment also helps bring community members together to collectively identify and strategically address prioritized health issues.
An open house to review, discuss and learn more about the assessment will be hosted at the Kachemak Bay Campus from 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. A community meeting will be held the following day, May 16, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to select a priority community issue.
Call for artists
On behalf of Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus, the Alaska State Council on the Arts — is requesting qualifications from artists for interior and exterior artwork to be commissioned for two new buildings: KRC Career and Technical Education Center and Residence Hall (student housing).
For exterior sites, professional artists residing in the U.S. and Alaska may apply. For interior sites, only Alaska artists are eligible to apply. Applicants must be professional visual artists.
Applications from architects, landscape architects or other design professionals will not be considered unless included as part of an artist-led team. Applications will be accepted online only at: www.callforentry.org
Entries must be received by 9:59 p.m., June 13. Requests for additional information may be directed to Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rasmuson Foundation awards project grants
The Rasmuson Foundation awarded 25 Project Grants (worth up to $7,500 each) and 10 Fellowships (worth up to $18,000 each). Artists were chosen from a total of 274 applicants, whose applications were judged by a national panel of artists and arts leaders. This year’s winners represent 13 different communities across Alaska, including two from Homer: Mavis Muller and Michael Walsh.
Muller is well-known in Homer for gifting her creations to the community. She will create a 30-page color booklet titled, “Something has Ended. Something has Begun,” to document her many interactive community art projects. Muller’s basket sculptures woven with natural materials from the local countryside top the list. This is Muller’s second Fellowship Award and third total award in total.
Michael Walsh is a Homer-based filmmaker who approaches his medium as a fine artist. This award will help Walsh upgrade and modernize his equipment as he continues to explore and showcase contemporary artists in Alaska through monographs.
Walsh is known in Alaska film and art circles, having worked with AMIPA, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and many of Alaska’s finest galleries and arts organizations. He is a previous recipient of an Individual Artist Award.
A project award was given to Homer choreographer Breezy Berryman, who will stage an evening of modern dance at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre. Her production will incorporate video images of Alaska’s natural environment, as she infuses her interpretations of these images into kinetic movement.
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