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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

February 2, 2019

Two sessions: TBA

Art Activity with Donald Varnell

Alaska State Museum Solo Artist Donald Varnell will lead an activity for youth ages 6-12 in connection with his solo exhibition. Call the Museum at 465-2901 to register.

Coming soon

This spring: Giant North Pacific Octopus

An exciting new addition is coming soon to the children's Discovery Room at the Alaska State Museum: A larger-than-life Giant North Pacific Octopus, which will wrap around the ship's mast and beyond. This community art project will provide several opportunities for kids and families to to be involved with the octopus' creation. Juneau Empire article about the octopus from September 2018: Octopus art piece coming to the Alaska State Museum.

February 23-March 24, times TBA

Drop by the Museum and help create the skin of the octopus.

March 23 and 30, 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm

Come learn about what makes a Giant North Pacific Octopus so cool from local biologists Sherry Tamone and Riley Woodford. Then create an octopus sucker to be incorporated in the Octopus exhibit with Juneau artist Tanna Peters and the Museum exhibits team.

April 5, 4:30-7:00 pm

April First Friday will be the opening party for the octopus. Everyone who helped decorate the octopus is invited to take photos and celebrate all things octopus! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.

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.

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.