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The youth activity program at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum provides young people with opportunities to work with professional artists to learn artistic techniques and engage with art, history, and the collections of the Library, Archives, and Museum. These activities are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum and are partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.

Next Up

April 28, 2018

Ages 6-9: 10:00-noon

Ages 9-12: 1:00-3:00 pm

Mask Decorating

Local art educator Daniel Todd will lead a free mask activity. Masks have been an important art form of human culture for over 9000 years. Our fascination with disguising one's face can be seen in old traditions like Halloween. Using a papier-mache base, students will have the opportunity to design and create a mask of their own using strong art elements, principles of design, and a variety of materials. Inspiration will be found by looking at the history and purposes of different cultures where mask making was important to the expression of the people. Students are encouraged to bring a few small objects like feathers, fabric scraps, leaves, or twigs that they would like to incorporate into their masks. Call the Museum at 465-2901 to register.

If you would like to fill out the registration form in advance of the workshop, it is provided here. You must also call the Museum to ensure that your child is added to the list. You may also fill out the registration form in person on the day of the workshop.

What to expect

Students should be prepared to participate for the full duration of the workshop and should wear clothing that can get messy.

Parents are not required to stay for the activity, but should use their best judgment about whether their child needs extra support to be successful in the activity. The artists, staff, and volunteers of the youth activity program strive to make each workshop a positive experience for all skill levels, but if you have concerns about your child's ability, please contact Claire to discuss.

Coming soon

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Maritime Fest

We'll see you at Maritime Fest with activities about Alaska's maritime history with the Cape Decision Lighthouse Society. Learn about the Museum's upcoming exhibit about the Princess Sophia shipwreck, build your own sugar cube lighthouse, and try your hand at some nautical knots.

Participants in Daniel Papke's activity show off their collage paintings and their funny faces.

Kids created a collaborative village out of clay, complete with outhouses, a museum, a Walmart, and giant lizard.

Artist Averyl Veliz talks about interior Alaskan habitats in the Athabaskan exhibits at the Museum.

Ruffs, quill pens, and original creations from a Shakespearean craft workshop.

Youth Activity Coordinator

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Claire Imamura
Alaska State Library
Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, & Museum
395 Whittier St.
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-2458

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The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum support youth in need by providing bus tokens for children and their parents who require transportation assistance. If your family would benefit from this, please contact the program coordinator.

A person experiencing a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at (907) 465-2988 to make any necessary arrangements.