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National Arts and the Humanities Youth Program Award

November 14, 2016 - January 1, 2017

The Baranov Museum Youth History & Film Summer Intensive has been awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which is bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services — and is the highest honor of its kind for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people and open new pathways to learning, self-discovery and achievement.

Each summer, the program allows Kodiak 7th to 12th graders the free opportunity to explore a historical topic related to Alaska’s history in depth and create short documentary films on their research.  Students are responsible for all aspects of the film’s creation, including researching the film’s topic, conducting interviews, shooting footage, creating a storyline and editing the film.  Participating students have the opportunity to receive high school credit for their work.

Over the course of the last five years, film intensive students have produced some 45 films about Kodiak’s Filipino community, the 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami, the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the impact of climate change on the island community and the fishing industry — effectively filling Baranov Museum’s research gap with new historical information and personal accounts of major events and daily life on Kodiak Island.  All the previous films are viewable on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/BarMuse or here http://baranovmuseum.org/collections-archives/research/oral-history-films/

You can also watch the film created by Rafael Bitanga, a former History and Film Intensive student who was chosen to attend the NAHYP Award Ceremony in Washington DC with digital educator Marie Acemah of See Stories.

Experience of a Lifetime: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards by Rafael Bitanga


November 14, 2016
January 1, 2017
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Sarah Harrington
(907) 486-5908


Kodiak Historical Society
101 E Marine Way
Kodiak, AK 99615 United States
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