KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Denali Arts Council receives Alaska State Council on the Arts grant

Monday, November 16, 2015

Disclaimer: Phillip Manning is an outgoing board member for the Denali Arts Council.

On Monday, the Alaska State Council on the Arts announced its grant awards for the first quarter of the fiscal year. In total, ASCA awarded just over half-a-million dollars in operating and project support throughout the state. Grants ranged in size from just over $500 to $21,000.

The Denali Arts Council was the sole recipient of an ASCA grant in this round of awards. The DAC received a $12,000 annual grant for operating support, which was the largest grant in its category. (more…)

Crowdfunded Elementary Art Program Puts on Show

Monday, May 4, 2015

Upstairs Wall

Disclosure: Phillip Manning serves on the board of directors for the Denali Arts Council, which is hosting the art show discussed in the story.

The value of art education has been established through numerous studies and personal accounts.  Many schools, however, are not able to directly fund art programs for their students.  Talkeetna Elementary does have an art program, which is funded through grants and local crowdfunding.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with two of the people involved in the program, and has this story:

It’s a lovely, sunny Saturday afternoon in Talkeetna.  Many people around town are clearly taking any excuse they can not to be inside, but there is a large group that has gathered around and inside the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.  The Hangar regularly displays Alaskan art, but this show is different, because every piece on display was made by students at Talkeetna Elementary School.  To explain the show, I spoke with art teacher Bekah Mathiesen. (more…)

Local films are the main feature in Indie Film Festival

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The First (and hopefully annual) Talkeetna Independent Film Festival hits the screen at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar this Saturday. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton caught up with Film Festival organizer Emily La Porte to talk about what to expect during this first installment of local cinematic arts.

The First Talkeetna Independent Film Festival starts at 7 pm on Saturday, November 10th at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna.

The Circus Never Leaves Town

Monday, October 15, 2012

by Phillip Manning
With winter fast-apporaching, Talkeetna residents are likely to start looking for activities to stay active and healthy during the colder months, especially activities geared toward children.  The Green Light Circus is a youth-centric fitness and recreation program in Talkeetna.  While the summer circus camp and performance is their highest profile event, the circus does not, in fact, leave town once the show is over.

Steve Durr’s “Suggestionist Scenes” for Second Saturday

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Second Saturday Art Opening at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar for October is a collection of paintings by Steve Durr entitled “Suggestionist Scenes of the Susitna Valley”

Steve Durr

Rhythm and Red Shoes Orchestra tunes up for a new season

Thursday, October 4, 2012

No town is too small for a symphony, and every fall in Talkeetna, a wide range of people pick up  a wide range of instruments to begin rehearsing through the dark, quiet months, creating a community of music. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:


Su Valley Voice-9-12-2012-Art, artists, and auction

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Host Lorien Nettleton gathers a handful of artists in the studio, two-by-two, and a couple people well-known in the local arts community: art auction coordinator Nick Condon, and man of many artistic hats, Tony Crocetto.


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Arts Council discusses financial issues surrounding public bathrooms

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Talk about a mixed mission statement –  The Denali Arts Council is facing a financial shortfall that is linked to the Talkeetna Sewer and Water utility’s latest crisis and tourism in Talkeetna.  The non-profit is looking at hundreds of dollars per month to supply public bathrooms for the village. The Board of Directors had the item on their latest monthly meeting and are wondering how they can continue paying for upkeep.

Poetry Month in Talkeetna

Friday, April 29, 2011

Talkeetna Elementary School teacher Bruce Hamler and retired college professor Ed Craver have been mentoring 6th grade writers since December. Several of those writers have written poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month, these poets, Mr. Hamler, Mr. Craver and Talkeetna Elementary School shared their work with KTNA. Press play below to hear an interview with Ed Craver and the works of five young poets.