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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.


Channel 8 Holiday Specials  

There isn’t anything cuter than the Eagle’s View Kindergarten and Preschool Holiday Choir Performance! Check it out on December 21 at 8:00pm following Unalaska this Week.

Travel down memory road with two special holiday themed Channel 8 Rewind episodes! The first episode is all the way back from 1983 and features a variety of musical numbers. The second episode is from December 1988 and includes a kindergarten sing-along, PCR’s Santa Tea and a holiday piano recital. December 22 at 8 PM.

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The director of the Museum of the Aleutians has resigned after just four months on the job.

Dr. Neal Hitch signed a three-year contract with Unalaska's cultural history museum in August. But last week, he said unforeseen circumstances have forced him to leave the island.

"I've just had some personal family matters come up, and I have to return to California to take care of that stuff," said Hitch. "It's kind of unfortunate, but some personal things in my own life just made the location impossible."

With the aid of teachers Amy Purevsuren and Shawna Rudio, the UCSD hosted the annual Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday, December 5th in the high school auditorium. There were 43 participants this year.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this years competition was emceed by Mia Magalong. Magalong introduced the competition by summarizing the events overall purpose.

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The Museum of the Aleutians may be undergoing staffing changes.

At a meeting Wednesday, the museum’s board of directors held a lengthy executive session to discuss "personnel issues" behind closed doors.

They didn't make any public announcements afterwards.

The museum has had two full-time staffers start work since this summer. Executive Director Neal Hitch began in August and hired a collections manager soon after.

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For the first time in more than a year, the Museum of the Aleutians  (MOTA) has a new exhibit. The showcase opened on Friday and displays the museum's entire collection of handwoven grass baskets, which the Unangan people used to carry roots and berries.

Several of them are always visible in the permanent exhibition. But for the next six weeks, Director Neal Hitch said visitors can see all 91 baskets together.