Established in 1974, the Skagway Arts Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Skagway by expanding and diversifying art awareness and involvement.



February 27 - The Pied Piper of Hamlin, puppet show by Gepetto's Junkyard

The Skagway Arts Council will be presenting a marionette/puppet show this weekend on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm at the Eagles. The puppeteers are a group of 12 artists and musicians called Geppetto's Junkyard from Haines and they'll be presenting The Pied Piper of Hamlin, plus several other short acts. They have written this play for adults but it is delightful for children as well. This troupe sold out all of their performances in Haines and ended up scheduling additional performances based on demand. They have created all of the puppets and marionettes for the show, some of which took almost 5 years, and they built a beautiful set which includes a whole village.

We want to show Geppetto's Junkyard some true Skagway hospitality so we're hosting a potluck dinner for them just prior to the show. It will start at 5:30 at the Eagles. Please join us!!!! Bring a potluck dish to share and spend time getting to know the puppeteers and musicians.

Admission is $8 adults, $4 students/seniors, Under 5 are free.

2nd Annual Winter Weekend Film Festival

February 19-21 at the AB Hall, Skagway, Alaska.

The theme is "Exploring Art, Music, and Dance through Film". Ticket cost is $5 per film or $18 for a weekend pass to all the films. At each film, weekend pass holders will get a chance to sit in the VIP Recliner (winner drawn at random). Refreshments will be available for purchase. Advance tickets will be available for purchase at the News Depot, Glacial Smoothies, and You Say Tomato.

Friday, 2/19/10

  • 7:30 p.m. August Rush (PG)

Saturday, 2/20/10

  • 4:00 pm. Animated Worlds (11 animated shorts from the NW Film Center)
  • 7:00 p.m. Man on Wire (PG-13, documentary)
  • 9:00 p.m. Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (PG-13, documentary)

Sunday, 2/21/10

  • 4:00 pm Best of the 35th Annual Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (12 short films from the NW Film Center, Portland festival)
  • 6:00 p.m. War Dance (PG-13, documentary)

Film Descriptions:
August Rush
Freddie Highmore, Liv Tyler, Keri Russell, Robin Williams
Warner Bros.; Directed by Kirsten Sheridan 100 minutes; 2007
Two young musicians have a chance encounter but when they are torn apart they leave an infant in their wake. Young August Rush, orphaned by circumstance, uses his unique inherited musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.

Man on Wire
Magnolia Pictures; Directed by James Marsh 90 minutes; 2008
This is the true story of Philippe Petit who, in 1974, committed the artistic crime of the century. He had done many illegal high wire walks before including between the towers of Notre Dame and across the Sydney Harbor bridge but it was his walk between the then unfinished World Trade Center towers that brought him the most notoriety. He remembers the fateful day along with his crew who helped him pull off this once in a lifetime event. (In English and French with English subtitles)

Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
Hewitt Group; Directed by Harry Moses. 74 minutes; 2006
This documentary follows a woman named Teri Horton, a 73-year old former long-haul truck driver from California, who purchased a painting from a thrift shop for $5, only later to find out that it may be a Jackson Pollock painting; she had no clue at the time who Jackson Pollock was, hence the name of the flick.

War Dance
ThinkFilm; Directed by Andrea Nix and Sean Fine. 105 minutes; 2007
Set against the backdrop of Uganda's twenty year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army, this film tells the story of schoolchildren Dominic, Rose, Nancy as they take an historic journey to compete in their country's national music and dance festival. Amidst the tragedy that surrounds them just being asked to compete brings pride to their tribe.