Last week, we held our annual fundraiser, the Nights for the North, and we are truly blown away by your support! Our virtual auction raised more than double our $5,050 goal – funds which directly support our work to protect northern Alaska. So much of the last year and a half has been defined by uncertainty and shifting landscapes – both literally and figuratively – and we are so grateful for the stability that you – our members and supporters – bring to our work.
As Jim Hunter, one of the Northern Center’s founders who shared his words during Saturday’s panel discussion, said: “Do not fear the activist path, nor become mired in bureaucracy. Prefer a seat at the table, but prepare if absent to pound hard on the closed door.” All those who joined us during the Nights for the North, and all those who are part of our community but didn’t make it, show us that there are countless ways to be an activist, and an equal number of ways to pound on a closed door.
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In addition to a wildly successful virtual auction, we hosted three thought-provoking virtual presentations and conversations. Each is recorded and shared below for those who weren’t able to attend or would like to revisit. Shout out to Tim Easton, who once again provided the soundtrack for our events. His songs opened each virtual gathering; check out the recordings on our YouTube channel, and hear more of Tim’s music on timeaston.com.
Sara Tabbert is our 2021 featured artist. Sara is an accomplished print maker and mixed media artist whose work celebrates the intricacies and beauty of detail in landscape, and the “less loved” elements of the natural world. and spoke about her creative processes and philosophy, lifelong relationship with the Fairbanks conservation community, and the intersection of art, politics, and truth.
Seth Kantner launched this winter’s Northern Voices Speaker Series, which highlights people, stories, and themes rooted in or relevant to northern Alaska. Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, writer and wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in northern Alaska and his art reflects his love for this land and the animals who live on it, and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. His latest book, A Thousand Trails Home, is “a stunningly lyrical firsthand account of a life spent hunting, studying, and living alongside caribou.” Seth spoke about caribou and other wildlife in the context of global ecosystems, the climate crisis, and intersecting cultural and economic values. Buy Seth’s book here.
Our final event brought together voices from the Northern Center’s past and present leadership, including Jim Hunter, Susan Grace, Mary Zalar, Nancy Fresco, past executive director and current deputy director Elisabeth Balster Dabney, and executive director Scott Fogarty. Each reflected on their memories, lessons, and challenges from different moments in the last five decades, and on the gratitude, strength, and ever-evolving legacy of the extended Northern Center community.