The mission of Seward Arts Council is to foster the appreciation, education, and understanding of the arts by promoting cultural opportunities, performances, instruction and exhibitions.
The history of the Seward Arts Council reflects the three main forces in Seward's vibrant, grass-roots arts community: Port City Players, the Seward Music and Arts Festival, and the Seward Mural Society. Back in 1958, a group of local thespians got together to create the Port City Players, and have continued to keep our town entertained with a range of productions ever since. The group has even performed abroad. Then a local coffee shop owner had dreams of expanding the town talent show, and in 1995 the Seward Music and Arts Festival was born. Attendance at this annual, all volunteer run, event has swelled to more than 3,000 people.
In 1998, the Seward Mural Society was formed because a local artist wanted to paint big. Ten years later, Seward earned the title "Mural Capital of Alaska" with over twenty murals enlivening our public spaces.
Through the years, each organization continued to evolve and grow. In 2007, the groups decided it was time to place all of the creative talents under a single umbrella, and the Seward Arts Council was born. Theater, festivals, murals- that's not all!!!! The Seward Arts Council also hosts First Friday art gallery walks, seasonal music concert series, and workshops. Our annual fall membership drive is a blast, and many local students have benefited from our annual arts scholarships. If you're looking for a place to get involved with the arts, you've found it!
Board of Directors
Committee Chair, Port City Players: Cliff Krug
Committee Chair, Seward Music & Arts Festival: Michael Mahmood
Committee Chair, Seward Mural Society: J. Leslie
Committee Chair, Seward Film Series: Dave Paperman
Committee Chair: Seward Community Band: Kim Kowalski-Rogers
President: Vanessa Verhey
Secretary: Michelle Meulendyk
Treasurer: Denny Murphy
Member at Large: Elizabeth Hashem