Homer Council on the Arts


In the 2021-2022 school year, Billeen Carlson at Nikolaevsk School offers project-based courses using a hybrid learning model, combining aspects of on and offline instruction. Her classes have a cap of 15 per class and are available across the school district. KBBI's Emilie Springer has this look at Carlson's work on the Winds of Hope project.

Homer News

April is the month of Jubilee, a festival for Homer’s youth spring arts in all forms.  This year, and all this month, Homer Council on the Arts is hosting the visual component in their gallery. 

 KBBI's Emilie Springer combed the Homer News archive at the Homer Public Library to review some Jubilee performances past.


The arts community in Homer continues to find ways to adapt and thrive, even in the context of an epidemic.

On this episode of Coffee Table, join host, Kathleen Gustafson and guests:
Scott Bartlett - Executive Director of Homer Council on the Arts
Asia Freeman - Artistic Director at Bunnell Street Arts Center
Erin Hollowell - representing  Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference and Story Knife

Emilie Springer: Creating fabric

Feb 23, 2021
Emilie Springer

Eight girls sit 2 to a table in Homer Council on the Art’s newly finished work and learning space.  The girls are surrounded by piles of colorful fabric and decorations, donated by members of HCOA. They laugh, show off the current status of their masks and capes, play with tassels, lace, ribbon, buttons and other additions available for whatever kind of ornament they might like.  Later, talking with Garay, I see a pile next to each girls’ name with specific color patterns and themes: mustards, purples, animals, simple black.

Homer Council on the Arts

    The Homer Council on the Arts annual meeting is coming up next week, and like so many other gatherings in this year of Covid, it will be conducted online via Zoom video conference. 

    In anticipation of the event, the HCOA has announced its 15th annual Community Art Awards, which will be presented October 8.

    Nominations come from the public, and are finalized by the council’s board of directors. 


On the silhouette wall on Pioneer Avenue, there is a diminutive figure raising her hands to summon artists to action and excellence. That’s Mary Epperson: June 6, 1922 - April 11, 2016. Epperson moved to Alaska with her family in 1954. She was a homesteader, a music teacher, a founding citizen of the city of Homer, and an originator and organizer of the arts in Alaska. 

This past Saturday, June 6th, Homer Council on the Arts and organizations all over town celebrated Mary Epperson Day, established by the City of Homer in 2010.

This March, Homer’s first Disability Art Show will take place at Homer Council on the Arts. It’s a collaboration between the arts council and the Independent Living Center. The show will feature work by artists whose lives have been touched by disability in some way. 

Bunnell Street Arts Center

Arts in Community is the topic
for this week's Coffee Table.
Our guests are Adele Person from Bunnell Street Arts Center, Susan Johnson from Homer Council on the Arts and Laurie Stuart from The Pratt Museum.

Homer Council on the Arts

The Homer Council on the Arts is one step closer to fully funding its yurt project. The Rasmuson Foundation is awarding the council $130,000 to help cover construction costs.

The yurt, which will be added onto HCOA’s main building, will comfortably fit 200 people and will hold a variety of classes, workshops and events. HCOA Executive Director Peggy Paver said it was incredibly uplifting to hear the Rasmuson would fund such an exciting project.

Aerial Silk Artists Reach New Heights

Sep 6, 2016
Photo courtesy of Kammi Matson

Summer may be over, but fall classes at the Homer Council on the Arts are just beginning. Three “circus art” classes are set to begin this week.

To be clear, there are no clowns or high wire acts in circus art class. Aerial silk work is a type of performance art that uses long strips of fabric suspended from the ceiling. Performers wrap themselves in the fabric, creating a makeshift harness.

Homer Nonprofit Books Pink Martini

Sep 22, 2015
Homer Council on the Arts

Homer Council on the Arts sponsored a number of events featuring the world famous band Pink Martini this week. The Homer nonprofit is especially proud of the opportunity to expose Kenai Peninsula students to the wide range of music in Pink Martini’s repertoire.  KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Christmas Ornaments: From Homer to D.C.

Sep 15, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

For the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska. The tree will come from Chugach National Forest and communities across the state are making ornaments to decorate it. On Friday Homer Council on the Arts held an Open Studio for Homer residents to make ornaments that will travel from the End of the Road to D.C. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.