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 About Us

We create and nurture community-based opportunities for artistic expression.  We value diversity, artistry and community. The focus is on arts opportunities by and for the community.  We strive to have individuals involved at all levels: participating in the arts, behind the scenes, volunteering, supporting and attending events.  Although we do a little bit of presenting visiting talent, our mission and operations is largely locally produced arts.  We are guided by the articles and bylaws established by the founders in 1981. We are also guided by the strategic plan that is revised annually.
Articles of Incorporation
Strategic Plan

Denali Arts Council (DAC) was founded in 1981.  Denali Drama and Green Light Circus were the first programs created, driving the formation of DAC.  The other programs were born in later years, from the passion of community members who wanted to expand opportunities.  The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar was acquired in the 90s, and after renovation, opened in 2004.

Annual Circus Camp for Youth

Who We Serve

Although located in Talkeetna, Denali Arts Council serves the entire northern Susitna Valley.  Approximately 2,370 full-time residents live within the area, with the population swelling substantially in the summer.  It is an area with a concentration of artists and a strong base of support for the arts.  Art funding in the schools is limited so DAC often partners with area schools.

DAC has over 300 members

Executive Director: Colleen Coulon Love
Operations Manager: Holli Papasadora

Board of Directors

Mary Farina, Pat Pratt, Kathy Stoltz, Phillip Manning 

Danny Nichols, Carol Gross, Lisa Curtis & Christie Seay


Artistic programming is driven by volunteers. In fact, aside from the administration, most of the arts happen through volunteers. Community members play many roles: actors, tech crew, facility maintenance, landscaping, plowing, bartenders, admissions, event organizers, set construction, make-up, costumes, serving on the board and more. Visit

Over 300 individuals are members of Denali Arts Council. Membership is a vital source of financial support as well as volunteerism. Visit
Support Us.

Denali Arts Council is funded by private, corporate and foundation memberships and donations, Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To view a list of supporters visit Our Sponsors.

Susitna Valley Jr & Sr High Steel Drum Band

Denali Arts Council
PO BOX 404
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733-7929
FAX 907 733-7939

Denali Arts Council is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. EIN 92-0083375