Recently I had the please of attending and presenting at, the Alaska Library Association Conference in Ketchikan, Alaska. I was very interested in not only the content of the conference, The Art of Our Work, but to also to learn more about the work other PNW librarians are doing in their communities. The latter was of particular interest because of the large geographical area that is Alaska, the diverse communities that they serve in sparsely populated areas, and how they are funded. If you ever have a chance to attend or present at this fantastic conference, I suggest you do it.
My presentation was Look, Listen, Touch: Connecting with Your Community Through Art
About the Program:
Learn how you can bring art, music, artists, and tactile programming into your library spaces, or your library into artistic spaces! Featuring a variety of models in use across a range of library types and sizes, this session will give you the tools you need to create a sustainable arts program in, and connection with, your community. Topics include creating community partnerships, developing relationships with artists, marketing your art installations, tips for displaying art, art donation & damage policies, partnership agreements, and art-related programming for all ages. Leave this session inspired to make art happen in your library!
Other Presentations from the conference can be found here.
Aside from the conference, Ketchikan was absolutely beautiful, and I would love to go back and visit during the summer. The historic area was breathtaking on its own, and I looks like something out of a movie or painting.