Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend the workshops?
You! This program is for people who want an authentic experience of southeast Alaska and are interested in the creative arts and natural world. You do not need a background in science or art to attend, just an open mind and a willingness to try new things or hone your skills in a particular area. Some of the workshops in the festival require walking and light hiking. If you have limited mobility, please contact us to discuss which workshop will be a good fit for you.
What should I bring?
- Layered clothing for cool days and chilly nights
- Warm clothes for sleeping (our dormitories are unheated)
- Good rain gear (waterproof jacket and rain or hiking boots)
- Hats (for sun and cold)
- Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
- Refillable water bottle or thermos
- Personal items: alarm clock, soap, shampoo and other toiletries, etc.
- Small backpack or bag
- Journal, personal art supplies, camera, and/or binoculars depending on how you would like to get the most out of festival experience and your free time
What will the weather be like?
Sitka can have rain for days on end or the sun can shine for an entire month straight, so be prepared for both extremes. Summer temperatures range from 40-80 degrees, with the average in the 50s.
Will I need to bring my own supplies?
Most supplies will be provided. Please see the supply list for your specific course. Photography courses will require students bring their own cameras. We recommend that you are familiar using your own camera before your photography workshop begins.
Is Sitka the wilderness? Will I be safe?
Sitka is a town of 9,000 situated on the outer coast of Baranof Island. While we are close to wilderness, Sitka is very safe. The campus sits next to Crescent Harbor, and is a 5-10 minute walk from the center of town and the nearest grocery store.
Can I get a refund?
Registration cancelled by June 1, 2017, will be refunded the full amount, less the $75 deposit. Refunds will be not be granted after June 1, 2017.
What is included in the price?
Festival pricing is a menu of options based on the experiences that work best for you. Workshop tuition includes all scheduled workshop time. The Excursion package includes all 3 excursions: boat trip, hike, and museum visit. Housing and meal packages offer economical options for a stay on our campus. Meals can also be purchased independently at the door of the dining hall or as a week package, depending on which meals you'd like to attend. A Night of Jazz and Dance and The Little Mermaid are ticketed events. All other evening events are open to the public and festival guests at no charge.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes. We have scholarships available for the Sitka Arts & Science Festival. Please contact Kenley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I come for just part of the week?
No. Workshop curriculum is based on full participation so classes are designed to be attended all 5 days.
If I am vegan/gluten-free/lactose intolerant will there be food for me?
Meals at the festival are served buffet style in the dining hall. Vegetarian and vegan options are available and there is a salad bar. Cooks are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions, be sure to include any requests on your registration form. If you have extensive dietary needs, please reach out to us in advance.
Can someone stay with me who is not participating in the festival?
Yes. Guests may be added to rooms in North Pacific Hall and eat in the dining hall for an additional fee. Contact our office to make arrangements for your guest.
More questions? Call the Sitka Fine Arts Camp office: 907-747-3085 or email email@example.com.