Summer Arts and Lectures Series

Our Summer Arts & Lectures Series promotes the arts and sciences as integral and necessary components of an educated and enlightened existence. This program is organized to inspire personal discovery, creativity, and intellectual inquiry. We hope to sustain an inclusive community by presenting relevant, unique, entertaining, and diverse events including performances, films, and lectures in the Kennicott Valley.

Most of our lectures and arts presentations are free to members and highlight the incredible talent housed in or drawn to this small mountain community. This series is sponsored in part by the National Park Service. Many of the events are held in the Kennecott Recreation Hall and others occur at our McCarthy campus. Please check back for an expanding list of specific dates and times. FREE to current members. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members unless noted otherwise and WMC membership is available at each event, or sign up here. Please write to info@wrangells.org with questions.

2017 Schedule

  • Saturday, June 3 - Spring Migrations, Bird Habits, and Habitats: A Walk with Mark Vail: Meet in front of the Old Hardware Store for a fun, informative bird walk. Coffee, tea, and coffeecake will be served. Meets at 7 am.
  • Monday, June 5 - Body Knowledge with Stephanie Sever: A lecture about the physical body with the goal of heightening body awareness, promoting self-care and injury prevention. The basics of skeletal structure and muscle tissue will be covered and you will learn how imbalances in these systems lead to pain and/or injuries. 7 pm at Porphyry Place.
  • Wednesday, June 14 - Animating Glaciers with Meredith Leich: In this presentation, Meredith will talk about her collaboration with glaciologist Andrew Malone on the animated documentary "Scaling Quelccaya", which is about the shrinking Quelccaya Ice Cap, the world’s largest tropical glaciated area, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. 7 pm at Porphyry Place.
  • Tuesday, June 20 - Geology of the Wrangells: Join geologist Mike Loso (National Park Service) for an overview of Wrangells/Kennicott Valley geology. Topics of local interest that will be covered include area bedrock history, formation of copper, volcanism, and glaciology.
  • Wednesday, July 5 - Storytelling from the Outside: Writing in Alaskan History: Annie Osburn will share her research into Athabascan storytelling throughout the Yukon Territory and Alaska, and the impacts boom and bust mining towns have had on it. How do we square our current understanding of a place we love with the sometimes overwhelming context surrounding it, and how does that shape our art? 7 pm at Porphyry Place.
  • Tuesday, July 11 - Fossil Evidence of Mass Extinction: A team of researchers are in McCarthy to conduct a study of past life, mass extinction, and the impact of severe environmental change that took place in the Panthalassan Ocean ~200 Ma to 180 Ma during the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic time. During this lecture they will discuss the background and scope of their study, as well as a preliminary data from a previous study.
  • Wednesday, July 12 - Family Music Camp Showcase: 7 pm at Porphyry Place.
  • Friday, July 14 - Family Music Camp Barn Dance: at the Old Hardware Store, 7:30 pm. Join us for this family friendly, fun event, open to the public. $5 Suggested Donation.
  • Saturday, July 15 - Family Music Camp Open Jam Night: Community members and visitors are invited to join the instructors and participants for this fun evening of sharing music. 7:15 pm at the Old Hardware Store.
  • Sunday, July 30 - Drawing as Storytelling: Themes & Process with Zoe Keller: Zoe will discuss her drawing process from a technical perspective, illuminating how a piece goes from a glimmer of an idea to a fully realized drawing. 7 pm at Porphyry Place.

Stay tune, we will continue to add to our 2017 Summer Arts and Lectures Series schedule! Check out past schedules here.

The Wrangell Mountains Center is supported in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Lecture notices are also typically announced on our Facebook page, like us to stay up to date on the latest scheduling news. If you are interested in giving a lecture at the Wrangell Mountains Center, please contact our Executive Director at nate@wrangells.org to submit a proposal.

Past Schedules

Past schedules may be viewed here.

If you are interested in presenting in this series contact nate@wrangells.org to submit a proposal. 

Banner Photo: Nathaniel Wilder