College students and recent graduates have the opportunity to volunteer on the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (the Historic Sheldon Jackson Campus) through our Historic Restoration program. Interns work as a team with a construction foreman, learning new skills and contributing to the future of a historic campus. Projects will take place all over campus. Examples of past projects include restoration work on Richard H. Allen Memorial Hall and restoring the facades of several of the historic buildings on the campus's main quad.
The internship is an unpaid volunteer program for the non-profit Sitka Fine Arts Camp. However, interns are provided with lodging in campus dormitories and meals in the campus Dining Hall during the internship. Four days per week, Monday through Thursday, interns work on the rehabilitation of campus structures. Evenings and three-day weekends are spent out on the local hiking trails, engaging in community events, and exploring Sitka, Alaska.
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp was founded in 1973 to provide isolated Alaskan communities with little or no youth arts programs exposure and training in the arts. Because of remoteness and low population density, Alaska youth are at a severe disadvantage in access to high quality arts. For the majority of our students SFAC continues to be the only opportunity they have in the State to work with and learn from professional artists. Building from its original mission, SFAC has become a nationally acclaimed program. In 2018, we served 1,006 students from 37 Alaskan communities and 29 states.?
SFAC has received state and national recognition for its importance in providing access to high quality arts education to Alaskan youth including receiving the 2008 presidential Coming Up Taller Award and the 2015 Alaska Governor’s Award for Arts Organization of the Year.
In 2011, SFAC was gifted the historic Sheldon Jackson College Campus. This college campus had been closed for four years and was in a state of complete disrepair. SFAC has since overseen one of the most extraordinary grassroots volunteer stories in our country: the revitalization of this National Historic Landmark. Between 2011 and 2015 one thousand volunteers (one ninth of Sitka’s population) logged over 40,000 volunteer hours rebuilding the campus, demonstrating unprecedented community support and giving the Sitka Fine Arts Camp a permanent home. Strong volunteerism and donor support continue, demonstrating the value that Sitka Fine Arts Camp holds for our state.
Having a permanent home has allowed SFAC to grow to serve more Alaskan youth. Since 2011 the Camp has expanded from three camps to a summer-long program offering 16 different camps and workshops as well as a Teacher Training Institute for educators around Alaska. In addition, we have expanded to provide year-round arts programs including a Young Performers Theater and dance program.
The campus has become a valuable community resource and a statewide location for arts and education.
Keywords: Internship, Historic Restoration, National Historic Landmark
Posted: February 28, 2019
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