Juneau is blessed with so many arts and entertainment offerings—I am constantly inspired by the quality talent from every corner of our community. The annual Wearable Arts show, sponsored by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, is an event that celebrates the diverse and talented fashion artists and designers of our community. This group never fails to amaze and entertain, brightening up two days of winter with their elaborate creations and choreography. It wasn't until several friends entered the show that I understood the hundreds of hours that can go into each piece—all their time donated for the benefit of the community's entertainment and most importantly to contribute to Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s biggest annual fund-raising effort.
The funds raised at Wearable Arts contribute to the maintenance and operations at the great community space JACC—I’ve asked numerous random folks about the JACC confirming what I suspected—almost all of us have benefited at one time or another from an event at the JACC. I also learned that Juneau Arts & Humanities Council funds grants and scholarships for aspiring visual and performing artists of middle school through college ages. They also fund individual and catalyst grants open to anyone in the Juneau community. How cool is that?
This year’s Wearable Arts show was another success with more than 30 artists represented and two sold-out shows. It was an honor to participate this year—I provided the hair styling for emcees Allison Holtkamp and Frank Katasse plus had the opportunity to assist several of the artists with their styling. Salon Cedar’s Dawn Jouppi was heavily involved assisting the production team as artist liaison, modeling onstage for both shows and providing stage makeup for her husband, and artist, Matthew Culbreth’s entry. We were excited to be part of this community event and we’re already looking forward to next year…The theme will be “Molten” so start imagining your entries!
Wearable Arts is just one of many programs the Juneau Arts & Humanities offers our community and there are numerous ways to contribute to support this important organization—we visit their website jahc.org often and participate and/or donate whenever we can. I hope you’ll join us!