Anchorage Museum Bookmaking Course

Students participate in a bookmaking class at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo credit: Michael Dinneen

In January and February 2020, 16 Alaskan artists learned about the art of the book in an eight-week course entitled “Vital and Creative: Book Arts for 55+” at the Anchorage Museum. Co-taught by teaching artist Susan Joy Share and museum staff Hollis Mickey and Molissa Udevitz, participants learned a variety of book forms, experimented with materials and engaged in writing. Museum curators and archivists shared museum collection objects related to book and paper arts in Alaska. The course culminated with participants creating individual artist books as well as a shared group project.

The museum also recently offered an online creative movement class for older adults as part of Aroha’s online learning pilot program.