You won’t have to ask yourself "Is there anything to do tonight"? but rather "What shall I choose tonight?". Homer provides opportunities for everyone to experience and participate in the arts. Listed in John Villani's book "The 100 Best Small ART TOWNS in America” Homer is known as Alaska’s Art Capital and for good reason.
Throughout the year, you will find yourself making choices between performance, visual and literary art. Homer's outstanding community thespians perform regularly at Pier One Theater. Sometimes it is a musical comedy by a local playwright; other nights you will be moved to tears and laughter by performances of classic or new "edgy" plays. Locals especially love applauding their friends and neighbors who volunteer their time to enrich our cultural life. The Mariner Theater at the Homer High School is another focal point for community cultural events during the year, including the annual Nutcracker performance in December. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, as well as school bands and choruses, perform in the Mariner Theater.
World-class art galleries and artist studios are abound in our community. You will find paintings in oil, watercolor and octopus ink, along with creations from clay, fiber, beads, paper and glass. Most galleries participate in the monthly 'First Friday' which often includes an opportunity to meet the artists, and participate in a discussion of their work.
Local museums and interpretive centers bring natural history and native culture alive with state of the art technology and award winning exhibits. The Pratt Museum, a community museum of art, science and culture, won the National Award for Museum Service in 2005. The Pratt Museum hosts indoor exhibits of art; natural history; native cultures; homesteading, including quilts; fishing; marine ecology, with live aquaria; and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Live remote video shows seabirds at a rookery in Kachemak Bay. Special events are held throughout the year and include lectures, cultural events, educational programs and community discussions. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is a non-profit educational organization that offers a hands-on experience in Kachemak Bay's diverse and productive environment for visitors of all ages. The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center provides visitors with an introduction to the rich environment and inhabitants of Kachemak Bay.
Do you love the literary arts, poetry or fiction? Authors have lots of opportunities including small local writers' groups and workshops, community-wide writing contests, an annual writers conference and small, impromptu meetings with visiting authors.
Visit Homer, it’s an ARTRAGEOUS place to play!
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