The art community in Anchorage is strong but it does not end with galleries. The OutNorth Contemporary Art House bring theatre and performance art to the town of Anchorage, much to the delight of visitors and residents. The theatre has a strong sense of community and has developed a mission that exhibits that. The founding values of the art house include
creativity, which supports the creation and circulation of contemporary work in the arts; expression, which allows for the exploration of our life and times fearlessly through the arts and humanities; community which builds an accessible community of learners who welcome those who are marginalized in our society
; change, which serves as a catalyst for progressive culture and policies in our region; and stewardship which is respect for their mission, values, resources and relationships. The VSA arts program is an organization founded more than 30 years ago by Jean Kennedy Smith in an effort to create a society of people with disabilities to enjoy the arts through education and participation. Two of the art house's other programs include Arts in Action and the Education Program for parents, educators, and artists. This offers resources and tools for bringing art into the community and into schools. Through music, performance, and other forms of art, OutNorth has become a vital part of the Anchorage art community.
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