The Munartet project
The Munartet partnership supports teaching in and through the arts and culture in Kodiak. Munartet is an Alutiiq word, which means "artists," and this project aspires to bring out the artist within each teacher. Partners include the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak Arts Council, and Kodiak College, with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
The Munartet Learning community includes teachers, administrators, culture bearers, Elders, and teaching artists.
The Kodiak Arts Council's role in the Munartet Project is to support professional development for Munartet educators in arts discipline-based and arts integration teaching methods, and to support a network of local teaching artists. We approach this goal through the following strategies:
Resource: Download a complete schedule of Arts Council Munartet project opportunities for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
An Arts Lab is an open creative space, held once a month, where cohort members can explore their creativity or follow along with an arts lesson taught by a local Teaching Artist. Arts Labs are free and all materials are provided.
The 2019 - 2020 Arts Lab schedule is as follows:
Saturday, October 12: Silk Painting with JoAnne Knight and Kelly Longrich
Saturday, December 14: Alutiiq Dance with Candace Branson
Saturday, January 11: Art Journaling with Shelly Lawson
Saturday, February 8: Apirales with Denise Anderson
Saturday, March 14: Tapestry Weaving with Natalie Trenery
Saturday, April 6: Painting by the Decades with Erica Ross
MINDFULNESS FOR EDUCATORS
Mindfulness for Educators offers journaling, meditation, breath, and movement techniques to help cultivate mindfulness both in and out of the classroom. The main focus will be on personal practices, however we will also discuss ways to incorporate mindfulness exercises into a classroom setting. Please wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing; a yoga mat is recommended but not required.
Mindfulness for Educators with Maya Edgerly Steele is held every first and third Thursday (October to December) from 6pm to 7pm in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Dance Studio.
Space in Arts Labs is limited and members of the Munartet Learning Community receive priority. Please contact the Arts Council one week prior to class to reserve a spot. If space is available after the registration deadline, the Arts Lab will be opened to all Kodiak educators, and the public.
Resources: Schedule of 2019 - 2020 Arts Labs (pdf file)
To sign up for an Arts Lab email Erica Ross at or call the Arts Council at 486-5291.
Kodiak Arts Council offers two workshops a year to promote the development of arts-enhanced and arts-integrated classrooms in Kodiak. Led by experienced teaching artists, the workshops are designed to provide support in a particular arts focus and help educators make connections between the artistic practice and an additional curriculum area.
The 2019 - 2020 Workshop schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, November 13: Rhythm & Math with Rup Sidhu
Learn how music can be a tool to teach basic math in this hands on workshop. We will turn the body into an instrument and look at how the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can be learned through movement and music. With body and vocal percussion we will learn basic rhythms that have direct cross over to early math curriculum.
This workshop will be held from 5pm to 7pm with a snack break in the middle in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Choral Pod.
Teaching Artist Classroom Visits
Teaching Artists are available to visit Munartet classrooms to lead arts instruction, co-teach, or provide coaching on arts integration ideas. Teaching Artists are practicing artists who have complementary skills in education, and who can engage students in learning experiences in and through the arts. Teaching artists are eligible for compensation by the Kodiak Arts Council for their work in arts coaching, and co-teaching.
Munartet Project teachers who would like to work with a teaching artist in their classroom should complete this request form.
Teachers who are interested in more resources in Alutiiq arts and cultural practices are encouraged to contact our partners at the Alutiiq Museum.
Resources: 2019 - 2020 Teaching Artist Roster
Teaching Artists listed on the roster are those who have successfully completed Teaching Artist training and have been invited by KAC and/or KIBSD to continue teaching artist work. Inclusion on the roster does not necessarily guarantee teaching artist availability.
Sum'Arts for Kids
Munartet cohort members are invited to join our Sum'Arts program as instructors providing arts experiences for youth in the summer. Cohort members will be paired with experienced teaching artists to develop arts-focused and arts-integrated classes, and produce a lesson plan. Cohort members will receive a stipend for their work.
For examples of arts-classes co-taught be teaching artists and cohort members visit our Sum'Arts for Kids page and look for the classes featuring the Munartet logo.
Recruitment for participation in the Sum'Arts program begins in February. Teaching artists and cohort members interested in participating are encouraged to email Erica Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Ed Boxes
Kodiak Arts Council maintains lending boxes of arts supplies that educators may check out to support artistic practice. There are currently five Arts Ed boxes, and each box includes a sample 5-day lesson plan developed by Munartet learning community members (click for lesson plan pdf):
Charcoal and Graphite Drawing
While Munartet learning community members have priority use of the boxes, this resource can be made available and checked out for two-week periods by PTAs or other school groups sponsoring after-hours activities, non-profit agencies sponsoring free community events, homeschool parents, private schools, and pre-schools.
To reserve and check out an Arts Ed box please email Erica Ross at
Performing Arts Series
Munartet learning community members can receive 50% off the ticket price to any engagement in our 2019 - 2020 Performing Arts Series for two tickets (arts experiences are best when shared!). Use the discount code MUNARTET when purchasing tickets online, through the Arts Council office in advance, or at the Box Office.
Discover all the great events in our 2019 2020 Performing Arts Series!
Teaching artist training
Since 2011, the Arts Council has partnered with the Kodiak Island Borough School District to host Teaching Artist Trainings annually. The trainings are free professional development opportunities to support local artists in their capacity to provide arts instruction in school settings. Topics may include thematic learning, classroom management strategies, student learning styles, and how to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers.
The Kodiak Arts Council teaching artist roster includes approximately 20 local artists with a wide range of artistic disciplines. In recent years, teaching artists have been placed in residencies around the island, from Port Lions and Larsen Bay to Kodiak High School.
Teaching artists looking to update their profile and preferences on the Teaching Artist Roster should complete this form.