Homer is renowned as a cultural center. Theater, film, painting, sculpting, music, performance and writing are all part of the local arts community. In addition to galleries and performances, there are classes and workshops that range from theater and dance to writing and visual arts.
The Homer Council on the Arts is a focal point for the arts in the Kachemak Bay area, providing opportunities for everyone to experience and participate in the arts. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2000, accepting the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Arts Organization as the “backbone of Homer’s energetic arts community”. With a mission to provide opportunities for all people of our community to experience and participate in the arts, HCOA provides Artist & Concert Promotion, Arts Education, Arts Advocacy, and Creative and Performance Opportunities.
Located in Homer’s largest historic building c. 1937, Bunnell Street Arts Center's mission is to nurture and present innovative art of uncommon quality in all media. Established in 1991, Bunnell sparks creative exchange for people of all ages through innovative art programs of the highest caliber including Artist in Residence, Artist in Schools, Exhibitions and Performances.
Every summer the nationally-recognized Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference features an acclaimed keynote speaker, workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.
Kachemak Bay is home to many fine artists. You’ll find paintings in oil, watercolor and octopus ink, along with creations from clay, fiber, beads, paper and glass. Alaska Native art, including carved whale bone and masks, is featured in several galleries. Be sure to visit the local gallery on the boardwalk in Halibut Cove.
Talented musicians visit Homer year-round, including famous national and international performers. In the summer, live music performances are found at the Homer Farmers' Market and across the Bay at the Seldovia Music Festival and Halibut Cove. Don't miss Johnny B's Rhythm of the North show featuring great piano music, award-winning Alaskan video and photography, with fabulous stories of life in the Last Frontier.
Homer’s outstanding thespians perform regularly at Pier One Theater on the Spit. In summer, a youth theatre camp culminates in a production at the theatre.
The Mariner Theater at the Homer High School is another venue for community cultural events during the year, including the annual Nutcracker performance in December, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and nationally-recognized performers.
Homer has its own movie theater showing double features, first-run movies, and frequent matinees. In September, the theater offers a week-long documentary film festival that often features Oscar contenders.
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