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Anchorage Arts: Art Scene in Anchorage

Anchorage offers all the stunning scenery and wildlife wonders vacationers would expect from the Alaskan frontier. Additionally, this four-time “All-America” city, with a population of almost 300,000 people, is a thriving modern community with a strong performing arts scene. Numerous theatrical, musical, and dance companies make their home in Anchorage, and the city also benefits from distinctive local art which reflects the eclectic Russian, Native, and pioneer history of the region.

Anchorage Arts Information

  • PlayAnchorage Daily News‘s arts, entertainment, and lifestyle section
  • Anchorage Big Wild Life — An events calendar provided by the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau

Art Museums

New smaller Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum focuses on Alaskan history with a combined emphasis on art, history, culture and science. It began in 1968 as a partnership between public and private interests, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alaska’s purchase from Russia. Its original collection was entirely borrowed, consisting of 60 Alaska paintings and over 2,000 historic artifacts belonging to the local historical society. Over the years, with the acquisition of grants and not a small amount of funding from oil revenues, the Museum grew to its present size and scope. ...more...

Theater

Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Cyrano’s Theatre Company, founded in 1995, is the resident company at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse. The company is committed to nurturing Alaska’s own talented artists and giving them a place to grow and thrive as theater professionals. Cyrano’s is a godsend to Anchorage’s ardent theater fans, as it produces at least one show every month of the year. Contemporary plays, classics, intimate musicals, …more…

Perseverance Theatre

Perseverance Theatre

In the 30 years since its inception, the Juneau-based Perseverance Theatre has established itself as Alaska’s premiere theater company. In addition to producing both classic and modern works on its two stages, PT offers many educational, training, and community programs, touring productions, and the Beyond Heritage Native Festival. They have produced dozens of world premieres, such as Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman’s …more…

Classical Music

Alaska Chamber Singers

Alaska Chamber Singers

Alaska Chamber Singers was formed in 1986 and has been under the direction of David Hagen since 1995. Since its inception, ACS has been one of the finest choral ensembles in Alaska, with over 40 auditioned members. Performance highlights include appearing at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, broadcasting from the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

During its season, ACS performs three …more…

Anchorage Symphony

Anchorage Symphony

Founded in 1946 as a small community orchestra of seventeen, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has blossomed into a vibrant part of Alaska’s cultural landscape, with almost 80 members and a large repertoire. While the Symphony only stages a handful of concerts each season, the programming is impeccable and adventurous. Maestro Randall Fleischer acts as Music Director for the orchestra and under his leadership, the ensemble has risen to new levels …more…

Opera

Anchorage Opera

Anchorage Opera

When you’re an opera company nearly 1,500 miles from any other major cultural center and draw from a population base of barely 250,000 people, how do you build an audience?

For starters, Anchorage Opera breezily advertises itself as “the finest opera in America north of the 48th parallel.” It cautions operagoers to “turn off all beeping devices. Remember our divas carry spears…and they’re not afraid to use them.” General manager Torrie …more…

Dance

Alaska Dance Theatre

Alaska Dance Theatre

ADT was founded in 1981 and is the Resident Dance Company at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Under the guiding hand of Artistic Director Alice Bassler Sullivan, the Anchorage-based company’s 22 dancers perform new works (by both resident and dance choreographers) in three repertory concerts each year.

Alaska Dance Theatre Information

Other Venue: 550 East 33rd Avenue
Public Transportation: Good for both (ADT – within a five-minute walk from buses 2, …more…

Venues

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Alaska’s comprehensive multi-arts complex contains four functioning performing spaces, ranging in size from 2,000 seats (the Atwood Concert Hall) to 180 seats (Elvera Voth Hall). Events and offerings at the Alaska Center include symphonic, chamber and popular music productions, opera, dance, and theater of all types. In addition, the facility hosts space for lectures, recitals, public meetings and a variety of other purposes.

The Center is a non-profit organization …more…

OutNorth

Out North

This progressive multi-arts organization presents visual, literary, multimedia, and performance art, with an emphasis on giving voice to the underrepresented, including artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBT artists. A given season at Out North might include plays, solo shows, multi-disciplinary performances pieces, and other unique theatrical experiences.

Art Museums

New smaller Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum focuses on Alaskan history with a combined emphasis on art, history, culture and science. It began in 1968 as a partnership between public and private interests, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alaska’s purchase from Russia. Its original collection was entirely borrowed, consisting of 60 Alaska paintings and over 2,000 historic artifacts belonging to the local historical society. Over the years, with the acquisition of grants and not a small amount of funding from oil revenues, the Museum grew to its present size and scope. ...more...

Theater

Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Cyrano’s Theatre Company, founded in 1995, is the resident company at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse. The company is committed to nurturing Alaska’s own talented artists and giving them a place to grow and thrive as theater professionals. Cyrano’s is a godsend to Anchorage’s ardent theater fans, as it produces at least one show every month of the year. Contemporary plays, classics, intimate musicals, …more…

Perseverance Theatre

Perseverance Theatre

In the 30 years since its inception, the Juneau-based Perseverance Theatre has established itself as Alaska’s premiere theater company. In addition to producing both classic and modern works on its two stages, PT offers many educational, training, and community programs, touring productions, and the Beyond Heritage Native Festival. They have produced dozens of world premieres, such as Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman’s …more…

Classical Music

Alaska Chamber Singers

Alaska Chamber Singers

Alaska Chamber Singers was formed in 1986 and has been under the direction of David Hagen since 1995. Since its inception, ACS has been one of the finest choral ensembles in Alaska, with over 40 auditioned members. Performance highlights include appearing at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, broadcasting from the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

During its season, ACS performs three …more…

Anchorage Symphony

Anchorage Symphony

Founded in 1946 as a small community orchestra of seventeen, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has blossomed into a vibrant part of Alaska’s cultural landscape, with almost 80 members and a large repertoire. While the Symphony only stages a handful of concerts each season, the programming is impeccable and adventurous. Maestro Randall Fleischer acts as Music Director for the orchestra and under his leadership, the ensemble has risen to new levels …more…

Opera

Anchorage Opera

Anchorage Opera

When you’re an opera company nearly 1,500 miles from any other major cultural center and draw from a population base of barely 250,000 people, how do you build an audience?

For starters, Anchorage Opera breezily advertises itself as “the finest opera in America north of the 48th parallel.” It cautions operagoers to “turn off all beeping devices. Remember our divas carry spears…and they’re not afraid to use them.” General manager Torrie …more…

Dance

Alaska Dance Theatre

Alaska Dance Theatre

ADT was founded in 1981 and is the Resident Dance Company at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Under the guiding hand of Artistic Director Alice Bassler Sullivan, the Anchorage-based company’s 22 dancers perform new works (by both resident and dance choreographers) in three repertory concerts each year.

Alaska Dance Theatre Information

Other Venue: 550 East 33rd Avenue
Public Transportation: Good for both (ADT – within a five-minute walk from buses 2, …more…

Venues

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Alaska’s comprehensive multi-arts complex contains four functioning performing spaces, ranging in size from 2,000 seats (the Atwood Concert Hall) to 180 seats (Elvera Voth Hall). Events and offerings at the Alaska Center include symphonic, chamber and popular music productions, opera, dance, and theater of all types. In addition, the facility hosts space for lectures, recitals, public meetings and a variety of other purposes.

The Center is a non-profit organization …more…

OutNorth

Out North

This progressive multi-arts organization presents visual, literary, multimedia, and performance art, with an emphasis on giving voice to the underrepresented, including artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBT artists. A given season at Out North might include plays, solo shows, multi-disciplinary performances pieces, and other unique theatrical experiences.