Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sealaska Heritage Institute's Walter Soboleff Center

Opening Day Ceremonies, May 15, 2015
photo from Facebook

Name: Walter Soboleff Center of the Sealaska Heritage Institute
Tribe: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian
Location: 105 S. Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801
Type: Cultural Heritage and Research Center
Visiting Info: Summer hours: 9am-8pm, daily. Admission: $5, Seniors $4, children under 7 free.
Contact: Website, telephone 907-463-4844

Newly opened on May 15, 2015, the Walter Soboleff Center is Sealaska Heritage Institute's brand new 29,000 square foot cultural arts center in downtown Juneau, Alaska. The Center will serve artists, educators, students, community members, and visitors by providing space for exhibits, art demonstrations, ceremonial events, cultural presentations, and a retail shop. There is also a research facility with archival work and storage space and a Native languages program.

photo from Facebook

The place is so new their website isn't even complete, and I found most of the visiting information listed here on their Facebook page. The beautiful new building in downtown Juneau is named in honor of Tlingit civil rights activist and community leader Walter Soboleff and stands as "a physical manifestation upholding the traditional Native values he held dear."

Artist demonstration in the Center on Free First Friday, June 5.
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Sealaska Heritage Institute is the non-profit arm of the Sealaska Corporation, a for-profit, Native-owned economic development and resource management corporation. SHI administers Sealaska's cultural and educational programs. Language restoration is the primary focus of the Institute, but they also support Native artists, sponsor historical and archival projects, and host the biennial Celebration. The next Celebration will take place in Juneau June 8-11, 2016.


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