Not all those who participate in community scavenger hunts are lost — some are just looking to create something new.
A joint effort from the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and First City Players aims to provide all community members with a chance to express their creative sides in a "socially distant" team scavenger hunt that challenges teams of participants not to search for items, but to create them.
The Ketchikan Community Arts Scavenger Hunt — nicknamed "KCASH" — was announced on Thursday during the weekly KRBD arts report and on social media platforms.
Elizabeth Nelson, executive director of FCP, provided the Daily News with a statement drafted by both nonprofits about KCASH on Thursday.
"This hunt is meant to encourage and entice the people of Ketchikan to show off their creativity, share their sense of humor, support local businesses and non-profits, care for mankind and have fun doing silly things to make our world a better place," the joint statement read.
Nelson spoke with the Daily News telephonically on Thursday morning, and said that KCASH is not the first event that has sprung from a partnership between the two nonprofits.
Nelson recalled that the entities once shared an office for over two decades, and continue to collaborate on popular community events, such as the Gigglefeet Dance Festival, which this year has been canceled due to COVID-19.
"We have done a lot of things together, and just in looking at what this summer is bringing with our having to rethink what our normal summers look like and what the options were, ... (we) just ran through all sorts of ideas and this one stuck," Nelson explained.
The principle behind the scavenger hunt is to encourage participating teams — whether novice artists or experienced creators — to produce a variety of creative projects based on a list of 100 or more potential items in only three days.
The items on the list developed by FCP and KAAHC represent a variety of arts-related activities.
"These are things that encourage you to create art, to be a little crazy and have some fun. ... This is about creating goodwill in the community, supporting each other in the community, and creating art," said FCP Marketing and Outreach Director Amanda Glanzer on KRBD.
KAAHC Administrative Manager Jeff Fitzwater also spoke on KRBD during Thursday's arts report about the concept.
"Part of the fun of the scavenger hunt is having something that you see for the first (time) and being able to do all this in 72 hours," he said.
Participants are not expected — or encouraged — to complete the entire list of projects in the 72-hour window, according to the event information.
"We're hoping that it's impossible to do so," the information stated. "We want you to find the items on the list that match your strengths and what you like, and then do those really well."
KAAHC Program Director Katy Posey added that there will be something for everyone in KCASH.
"We really want people to spend the time with each other, really enjoying each of the items, and picking items that they truly enjoy," she commented. "And there's going to be such a large variety of items that we're hoping the teams will come together and really pick the pieces and parts that make them whole, as it were."
The list will become available at 6 a.m. on July 31 — and until 6 a.m. on Aug. 2, participants will work in teams to complete their projects. When finished with a project, a team will submit a picture or short video clip to KAAHC and FCP judges via www.ketchikanarts.org.
After the 72-hour hunt ends, a panel of judges will award points and prizes to competing teams.
The panel of judges will include Elizabeth Nelson and Amanda Glanzer of FCP, and Kathleen Light, Jeff Fitzwater and Katy Posey of the KAAHC.
For KAAHC Executive Director Kathleen Light, the chance to facilitate teamwork might just be the best part of the activity.
"We're really excited about that communicative opportunity with this scavenger hunt, that we still get to connect, make art and work with each other," she said on KRBD.
Light explained that a team will consist of seven to 13 individuals. If a participant — or small group of participants — doesn't want to add more members to their team, KAAHC and FCP will select other random, unmatched participants to add to their roster.
Participants who are under the age of 13 do not have to register — or pay the $20 registration fee — but they do have to be attached to a team that has an older member.
Scholarships are available for individuals who want to participate.
Light noted that even though people are participating in teams, that does not mean physical meetings are necessary.
"Those groups can stay separate, because it is basically a virtual scavenger hunt," she explained.
Light's point was punctuated by a comment in the joint statement provided to the Daily News: To participate properly with your team, you need not throw "a big puppy pile cuddle party."
It also was noted that physical submissions of completed entries will not be accepted.
Items may earn up to 50 points each — not including the elusive possibility of bonus points — but will not receive those points if submitted physically to either the KAAHC or FCP offices.
Registration for the hunt will open on July 6 and close July 27.
To register and find further information, participants may visit www.ketchikanarts.org