Sarah designed a community arts project focusing on cross-pollination between the Gustavus community & professional artists from in and out of Alaska. The project consisted of a series of smaller projects each with the goal of creating creating contemporary work through investigating Gustavus experiences/hobbies/professions. Through this project the artist collective Link:Link Club was born. This project was funded by a Community Arts Development Grant through the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
A body of over 100 small works from fully realized to sketches, this showing transformed a very small ice cream shop in a temperate rainforest into a warm tropical you-want-to-eat-icecream space. The pieces ranged from 4x4 inches to 11x16 inches.
This is a positive rap loop-based video combining analogue title makers, traditional stop motion, rotoscoped appropriated images, and music to express nine “positive personality traits.” Made in collaboration with Julian Bozeman, Sarah received a Career Opportunity Grant through the Alaska State Council on the Arts for this project.
Sarah spent the months of November and December installing multiple brightly colored canvases across the full lengths and widths of the walls. By covering the entirety of the walls with mirrors and bright colors, she changed the entire feel of the space, adding an element of warmth and surprise for all who entered the space during these darkest months of the year. Julian Bozeman collaborated by installing multiple projectors and creating a video and sound piece specifically for the culminating event week of the installation.
2014 The Alaska Experimental Video Mapping Project (Master Works Series) - Gastineau Edition
Sarah and Brooklyn-based artist Julian Bozeman lead one hundred and fifty K - 1st grade students in answering the question “What is one important place to you in Juneau?” Students created individual collages to represent each place and added these collages to a live video format for public use. This project was funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
2013 The Alaska Experimental Video Mapping Project (Master Works Series) - Dzantik'i Heeni Edition
Sarah and Brooklyn-based artist Julian Bozeman lead two hundred 6th - 8th grade students in answering the question “What is one important place to you in Juneau?” Students created individual collages to represent each place and added these collages to a live video format and internet map for public use. This project was funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
2013 Everything Does Something
This project is a traveling pop-up community engagement project that toured along the East Coast through the summer of 2013. Participants approaching the pvc-pipe roadside stand were asked to share advice writeen aCities included: Hammond, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; Dahlonega, GA; Asheville, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, ME; Providence; RI.
2013 Basic Arts Institute Sitka AK
The Sitka Native Education Program invited Sarah to lead eighteen classroom teachers in creating a collaborative mural for the Tribal Youth Center in Sitka, Alaska. By considering important cultural questions, learning how to critique, learning how to use writing prompts as a form of idea investigation, and learning basic visual arts skills such as color mixing, the team finished a twelve-by-twelve foot painting for the exterior of the center. This center is dedicated to Tlingit culture learning. This project was facilitated by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.
This performance installation created in collaboration with Ryan Conarro is a meditation on the Moments When Something Happens: shared memory; first-hand experiences; and spaces between. Joining forces with a team of designer-collaborators, Sarah and Ryan crafted a visual-sonic world with performance and visual components. This project was hosted by Generator Theater Company. Collaborators = Ellen Reid, J Bradley, Flordelino Lagundino, Kevin Riordan, Giselle Stone
2012 No Situation Just A Series of Choices
2012 These Are the Paintings that Hang in My Living Room
Sarah designed a glittery visual art and live music experiment with the public radio station KXLL/Excellent Radio in Juneau, Alaska. This three-part community project included: an all-ages event to play with glitter and bubbles to live found-instrument percussion; musical invention on an in-the-round stage by Tiger Pilot; and installation/continuance of the glitter project on the side of KTOO radio in downtown Juneau.
2012 "Boys' Dleigu: Haandéi ax choonéitk'i" Window Painting
Sarah collaborated with Musician/Teaching Artist Ed Littlefield to create a window painting/backdrop in the Thunder Mountain High School commons in Juneau, Alaska. The visual component was designed to relate to Ed's three musical interpretations (one Tlingit, one jazz, one contemporary/body percussion) of the traditional Tlingit lullaby "Boys' Dleigu: Haandéi ax choonéitk'i" by Charlie Joseph, a Tlingit elder from Sitka, Alaska.
2012 Quanemciput Pilialput-llu
In April 2012 150 middle and high school students travelled from rural villages into Bethel, Alaska, to participate in the culminating grand theatrical performance based on cultural storytelling. Sarah worked with Juneau Theater Artist Ryan Conarro and Brooklyn Photographer Katie Basile on this project as our third and final phase of an arts-based education project investigating local history and current stories. Sarah lead students in creating a professional caliber set and backdrops for their performances in collaboration with Hood River Teaching Artist Shelley Toon Hight. This project was designed to increase relevance and motivation for students in cross-cultural classroom and was funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Rasmuson Foundation.
2012 Yaakoosge Painting
2011 Words of Advice
This letterpress mixed media project consists of thirty different lines of text printed on an Original Heidelberg Letterpress at Alaska Litho in Juneau, Alaska. The four by four inch prints are all hand-stained as well as have individually done drawings.
The advice/opinions/demands on the cards falls (loosely) into five categories — kitchen, relationships, personal hygiene, active randomness and miscellaneous. This project was made in collaboration with Giselle Stone.
2011 I choose Respect
2011 Swapping Fish Tales
Sarah coordinated projection and props design for Swapping Fish Tales, a project funded by the Kennedy Center Partners in Education grant . For this project, schools in Alaska and Maine explored fishing cultures of both communities using integrated technology. Research collected from trips out in the field and interviews with local fishermen formed the basis for a play performed by both elementary and high school students in both communities in Spring 2011. Sarah conducted Professional Development workshops for teachers as well as worked with high school students to execute designs.
2011 This is Who We Are
2011 Mendenhall River
Sarah painted fifty-six 2x2 ft panels with 375 K-5 students for permanent installation on their school's outside covered play area in Juneau, Alaska.
2011 Auke Bay
paint and collage panels. grades K - 2 in Juneau, Alaska 2011
150 K-2 students painted and collaged thirty two-by-two foot wood squares for permanent installation in the interior of Auke Bay Elementary School. With Sarah's lead, students create individual drawings, tore their papers and shared the remnants with one another to begin the process of collage. Students painted the boards together to provide a home for the individual collages they had created earlier in the process. Sarah offered a professional development workshop for teachers within this residency titled “Integration of Collage into Primary and Secondary Curriculum”. The workshop included investigating the use of line, shape, harmony, rhythm, color, unity and proportion through writing and collage activities.
2010 The Great Lessons
The Montessori Borealis School invited Sarah to work with their 120 K-8 students in Juneau, Alaska. Together they painted, collaged and wrote a continuous narrative of 'The Great Lessons' for permanent installation reaching from the entrance to the building, through the hallways, and up a stairwell. Chris Trostel, upper elementary teacher, lists the` lessons within the theme as the following: 1. The Creation of the Universe 2. The Coming of Life to Earth, 3. The Emergence of the Human, 4. and 5. The Human Gifts: The Story of Invention/Math & The Story of Communication in Signs (our alphabet).
2010 Sketches for Okie Pie
2010 Raven From Downtown
2010 Art Shops
Sarah taught for an arts-in-education program for at-risk youth in low income housing developments. Her focus was student learning through art projects and field trips, community collaboration, multicultural awareness, and parental and familial communication and involvement. During this program, children created a backdrop for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Savikko Park Concerts. This program is funded through a Drug Elimination Program Grant from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and facilitated by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
2010 Folk Festival
2010 We See our Tundra
2009 J'taime Mon Petite Chou
2009 Thunder Mountain
2009 Sitka Fine Arts Camp
2009 Anvil City Science Academy
2009 Statehood Celebration
2009 Baranof Elementary
2008 I Ate the Moonlight
2008 Gustavus School
2008 Between The Gastineau Channel And Mount Roberts
2007 Margot on My Mind
2007 The Sea as They See It
2007 Village by the Cliff
2006 The Canvas
2006 Juneau Gallery
2006 Kids in Movement
An arrangement of lithography, entaglio, and relief prints moving into paintings, drawings and an installation. This project was made in collaboratoin with Julian Bozeman.