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The Denali Arts Council is seeking an Executive Director.

This administrative leadership position directs day-to-day operations to fulfill organizational goals, develops a funding plan, manages membership and donations, and works extensively with the community. The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the Arts Council, working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors.

Primary areas of responsibility include:

Event Planning and Production – produces art events, including scheduling, marketing, working with artists and coordinating volunteers.

Strategic Planning—develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board of Directors.

Program Development and Management—coordinates with Program Directors as well as directs and administers programs without a Program Director.

Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management—together with the Board, develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds consistent with the organization’s accounting system.

Staff Leadership and Management—collaborates and coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers, and partner organizations.

Community Relations—develops effective working relationships within the community and the state to ensure the arts are represented in the community-at-large and for the constituency that the Denali Arts Council serves.

Advocacy—serves as a spokesperson for the DAC in the community; articulates and communicates the value of the arts in improving our quality of life, and promotes community support of the arts and DAC.


College graduate with at least 3 years management experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization, with significant experience in the arts or a related area; prior experience as a business manager or Executive Director is preferred.

· Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus.

· Knowledge of the Talkeetna area arts community.

· Proven record as a successful grant writer.

· Computer skills including word processing, QuickBooks, graphic design and website maintenance.

· Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

· Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills.

· Ability to positively motivate and develop staff, board, volunteers and build consensus.

· Visionary and innovative thinker.

· Flexibility and willingness to work outside of allotted hours for events.

· Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff.

· An undeniable passion for the arts.

Salary range is commensurate with experience.

Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Procedure for Applying

Qualified candidates should email a resume along with a cover letter indicating interest in the position to:

Diane Holl Rambo, Board President:

Deadline for applications is May 21, 2018

Position will remain open until filled.

The Denali Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Green Light Circus Camp 2018


Registration for the Green Light Circus 2018 is now open!

Ariana Papousek will be the lead instructor again, if you havn’t already you can preview some of her skills at She will also be bringing two fellow instructors Marisa Kellogg and Christopher Jost with her to Talkeetna.  From introductory workshops to advanced classes for seasoned performers there is opportunity to instill physical activity and performing arts in all of your lovely children!

For a schedule and to register click the links below,

Green Light Circus 2018 schedule pg1

Green Light Circus 2018 schedule pg2

Green Light Circus Registration form



2018 Open Air Artisan Market

Attention Local Artists!  

2018 Artisan Market Application Forms are now available.  Visit our Artisan Market page for Market Guidelines and an Application.

Not sure if you want to sell your art on a regular basis?  Guest spaces at the market are also available.  Download a Guest Application and try it out for a weekend.

Making the most of YOUR Arts Council

Have you ever wondered how events come to be at the Denali Arts Council?  Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, it would be really cool to see ________________ happening here in Talkeetna.” or “I wish they would do more of  _________________ at the hangar.”  Well, the truth of the matter is that YOU, as a creative member of the community, have the power to help make those decisions.


You could set the stage!

A community Arts council sets a stage, but is only a reflection of creativity and imagination.   In order for the DAC to express the artistic sentiment of Talkeetna, locals must be willing to share their talents and ideas. What gets showcased is what people like you choose to put into it through artistic partnerships and volunteering.

The Denali Arts Council is an umbrella organization with with a variety of artistic programs under its rim.  While most of our programs have ongoing activities, several have become stagnant due to lack of involvement or leadership.  Here is where YOU come in!

your art could be hereCurrently there are openings for Directors in three of our programs: Talkeetna Artists Guild (fine arts), Susitna Muse (writers group), and Local Motion…for the Love of Dance. As the director of a program, you have a lot of freedom to design events, workshops, and shows.  You can express yourself creativity and set the vision of the program. You can be the director or you could get involved to just produce one show or workshop.

So if you find yourself thinking “Man, I really wish they would show more ____________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!