The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council has created a fresh new event for Ketchikan’s holiday season this year — the IDEA Festival.
“The IDEA Festival is the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council’s response to an evolving love of art, ideas, culture, and design,” information on the Arts Council’s website states, describing it as “an immersive experience that brings together the whole community to share thoughts and information.”
The IDEA Festival is set to take place spanning three days on Thanksgiving weekend at Ketchikan High School and was created as an expanded take on the Council’s long-running Winter Arts Faire which also was held on Thanksgiving weekends, according to KAAHC Executive Director Kathleen Light.
During a phone call Friday, Light described what attendees can look forward to experiencing at the new festival.
An array of Ketchikan artists will be featured at the event, and many of them are planning to teach workshops for attendees. There also is a Speaker Series planned featuring author Ernestine Hayes and “the first ever Fusion Speaker,”  as well as a Performance Series.
Light said that Hayes is scheduled to speak last during the Speaker Series program as a culmination of the several planned talks. Hayes’s speech “An Idea of Art” is expected to spark conversation and inspire people to consider thinking and behaving in new ways, Light added.
Other speakers scheduled are Irene Dundas, Christina Hughes and Angela Vecchione, Charlie Jose, Caitlin Steinberg, Jack Finnegan and Christopher Koch.
The performance series features a new spoken word piece by Jack Finnegan; a dance performance by Hughes & Vecchione Dance Project; a performance titled “Storytelling in Music: Folk Songs and Shanties” by the Ketchikan Community Concert Band, with a concert talk planned by Jeffery Karlson; and an event titled “Singers and Strings: Bringing Back the Music,” featuring performances by the Ketchikan Chamber Orchestra and the Ketchikan Community Chorus.
There also are planned several workshops by artists that community members can sign up for. Workshops planned include: Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Selynna Parks; Wind Chimes with Rhonda Green; Woven Cedar Bracelets with Debbie McLavey; Swing Dance 101 with Evon Zerbetz; Anime Faces, Hair and Eyes with Ema Oshima; and Handmade Gift Tags with MJ Turek.
Food and coffee vendors are planning to be at the festival as well, Light said.
“It’s a re-imagined Winter Arts Faire,” Light said of the IDEA Fest.
The IDEA Festival will be held at the Ketchikan High School large gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Artists Demonstrations are set to be held on Friday in selected Kayhi classrooms. Visit ketchikanarts.org to peruse artist workshops and to find scheduling and sign-up information.
The Speaker Series is set to start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Kayhi auditorium, with speakers taking the stage approximately every 30 minutes.
The Performance Series is set to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in the Kayhi auditorium with a “Pay what you wish” performance featuring Finnegan, followed by the Hughes & Vecchione Dance Project. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, the Ketchikan Community Concert Band performance is scheduled, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, the “Singers and Strings: Bringing Back the Music” performance is scheduled.
More information about the IDEA Fest can be found online at the KAAHC website, ketchikanarts.org. Light said that tickets will be available at the door for workshops and performances as well as for festival attendance.