The Munartet project

Cama'i (hello)

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, pre-service 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:

arts labs


teaching artist classroom visits

co-teaching opportunities

arts ed boxes

what's your big idea?

performing arts events

teaching artist training

Arts Labs

An Arts Lab is an open creative space where cohort members can explore their creativity or follow along with an arts lesson taught by a Teaching Artist. Arts Labs are free to Munartet Community Members and all materials are provided.  

Saturday, Sept. 11: Knotless netted basket-making with Kathy Rousso

Saturday, Nov. 6: Beginner Watercolor with Angela Toci

Saturday, Nov. 20: Silk Painting with Kelly Longrich

Saturday, Dec. 18: Hand building Pottery with Bonnie Dillard

Saturday, Feb. 12: Block printing with Kristine King 

Saturday, Mar. 19: Natural Dye Making with Susan Malutin

Saturday, Apr. 9: Jewelry Making with Jennifer Foster

Space in Arts Labs is limited and members of the Munartet Learning Community receive priority. Please use the registration link above and enter MUNARTET as your promo code, or contact the Arts Council promptly to reserve a spot. Community members can join Arts Labs for a fee. .

If you need assistance with Arts Lab registration please  email or call/text the Arts Council at 942-5840.

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 Melissa Gandel is held on Friday of January 14 & 28 and February 11 & 25 from 5pm to 6pm in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Dance Studio.


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.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022

Qaspeq Making with Elena Leinberger


In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a modern qaspeq under the leadership of Elena Leinberger. Individuals with basic machine sewing skills will be able to complete a qaspeq over the course of the workshop. Participants are invited to bring 3 yards of cotton fabric of their choice. Stretch jersey fabric for the cuffs, collar, and base will be provided as well as black bias tape. Participants with a sewing machine are encouraged to bring their own machine, though a limited number will be available at the workshop.

 Registration link will be is now available, Use MUNARTET as your promo code, or contact the Arts Council  to reserve a spot.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Geometric Embroidery with Alexis Jackson

In this workshop, Participant will learn how to design and make their own Hitomezashi in-spired square as well as explore the history of Sashiko as a necessity for survival and as art. Hitomezashi stitching is a type of Sashiko stitching originating in Ja-pan. Its original use was to fortify garments that were falling apart by layering fabrics together with needle and thread. Participants will also view the work from a mathematical standpoint of symmetry, binary coding, probability, and ran-domness.

 Registration link will be is now available, Use MUNARTET as your promo code, or contact the Arts Council  to reserve a spot.

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: 2021 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 KIBSD to continue teaching artist work. Inclusion on the roster does not necessarily guarantee teaching artist availability.

Co-Teaching Opportunities


Munartet cohort members are invited to join our Spring Arts and Sum'Arts for Kids program as instructors providing arts experiences for youth. 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.

We will begin recruiting cohort members for the Spring Arts program in December and for the SumArts for Kids program in February. Please email Neem at for more information. 


Arts Ed Boxes

Kodiak Arts Council maintains lending boxes of arts supplies that educators may check out to support artistic practice. There are currently nine Arts Ed boxes, and each box includes a sample lesson plan developed by Munartet learning community members (click to View box Contents pdf):


Block Printing

Charcoal and Graphite Drawing
Silk Painting

Acrylic Painting 

Needle Felting

Fish Printing

Water-soluble Pastels

Brush Painting


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 Neem at

What's Your Big Idea?

Munartet Cohort Members - we want to hear your big idea for teaching in and through the arts and culture in Kodiak during this 2021 - 2022 school year. KAC welcomes your ideas for supporting arts enhanced and arts integrated classrooms and can provide technical and financial support to Munartet Cohort members.


Eligible expenses include teaching artist stipends, supplies, materials, and equipment. 


Educators are encouraged to contact the Arts Council office with any questions about project scope and eligible expenses. Email 


Submit your ideas here

Some Big Idea examples:

Mr. Green is a middle school ELA teacher who wants to work with a experienced teaching artist to offer a week-long residency in slam poetry, a style of spoken word poetry composed to be performed in front of a live audience. He requests funds to pay a teaching artist to lead the work with his students through daily virtual visits, and offer him coaching in how to help students as they work. KAC will research experienced teaching artists in this field, make a connection between the teaching artist and Mr. Green, help the parties clarify expectations for the residency, and pay the teaching artist stipend. Estimated budget for prep and instruction time: $1,500. 


Ms. Ruiz is an elementary school counselor who wants to support a program of art journaling with her students. She has experience with various artistic practices and feels competent and confident in leading the work. She'd like to work individually with a teaching artist for some arts coaching and needs supplies so that each participating student can journal with their own set of supplies. Estimated budget for coaching and supplies: $1,000.


What's your Big Idea?

Performing Arts Series

Munartet learning community members can receive 50% off the ticket price to any Kodiak Arts Council performing arts event. Use the discount code MUNARTET when purchasing tickets online, through the Arts Council office in advance, or at the Box Office. Good for two tickets (because arts experiences are best when shared!).

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


Teaching Artist Training with Melanie Rick, September 2019
2021 Kodiak Teaching Artist Roster