Museums - Native Art Studies Program
The Totem Heritage Center serves as a cultural center for the artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. The Center offers annual classes in the Northwest Coast arts including carving, basketry, weaving and regalia making. Visiting and local instructors accomplished in the Northwest Coast Native style of art teach these classes to perpetuate and strengthen the traditional arts through their students. Students may work independently, pursue a Certificate of Merit, and earn University of Alaska credit.
All classes are for adults (18 and older) unless otherwise described. Seasonal class brochures are available in September.
2019-20 Class Brochure (PDF)
Please note, registration for Spring 2020 classes will open December 5, 2019, at 5:00pm at the Tongass Historical Museum during the Winter Arts Fair.
Open Craft Night - every Thursday, 6-9pm, mid-October through mid-April. Everyone is welcome to come work on their Northwest Coast art projects. A fun evening of new and old friends and time to work on your art. Projects do not need to be from THC classes.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the CIRI Foundation are pleased to provide the Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook to assist Alaska Native artists in furthering their artistic careers.