Our rural outreach program began with one person: Lynda Sather at Alyeska thought it would be a good idea if FCA showed some love to some of her pipeline workers in exchange for their donation.
It soon grew to two people: Joyce McCombs, Delta Librarian extraordinaire thought it would be good if the people from Delta could enjoy more concerts — and got busy organizing.
The following year, it grew to three, when Kris Capps in Healy organized concerts at the Tri-Valley School. Denali Arts and Humanities was formed shortly thereafter — a group comprised of Denali Borough School District, Alaska Geographic, Denali Education Center, Denali National Park and Kids in Motion. Selena Dixon and Teri Pennington make meals for all the groups. Healy uses the events for community gatherings. You can sign a petition, raise money for a school group, see your neighbor. People come from 80 miles of highway — from Nenana to Cantwell, Clear to Paxson. In Delta, we’ve held concerts at the big and small gym and at the community center. There are door prizes, kids dancing, babies in mothers’ arms and a great deal of welcoming enthusiasm for FCA artists.
Then we added events at Mile 229 and people came from Fairbanks to Anchorage for these special evenings of great food, good fellowship and fantastic music in a lovely and intimate setting.
Community Outreach Program
Through our highly successful Community Outreach Program, FCA provides tickets to every one of our performances, free of charge, to social service and non-profit agencies within the Fairbanks community. If you are interested in participating, please call us at 474-8081.
Fairbanks school children are offered the exciting opportunity of attending FCA’s diverse educational programs. In collaboration with the Fairbanks Arts Association’s FACE committee (Fairbanks Arts and Cultural Education), many of the same great master artists we present in public performances are working with or performing for our students, district wide. Last season alone, more than 10,000 school children benefited from this program!
We make every effort to bring together FCA’s visiting professional artists with local artists and students through master classes, workshops and lecture demonstrations, at a nominal fee. These residencies are intended to cultivate the arts in our community, to inspire, to teach and to foster exchange. These opportunities are highly sought-after everywhere, but especially here in interior Alaska, thousands of miles from the cultural centers of the world.
Now in its eighth year, FCA’s Education Partnership program is designed to help underwrite our exciting, annual Family Program. This year, your $200 contribution helps us to drastically reduce the general ticket prices to Tomas Kubinek and underwrites the cost for in-need children to attend. Thanks to the commitment and financial support of countless community members, hundreds of young people have attended a FCA Family Program performance, free of charge. To become a FCA Education Partner, please indicate so on your sign-up form. The arts are essential. Please help make it possible for all children to experience the joy of live performances.