Kenai River Council on the Arts


To enhance the quality of life on the Kenai Peninsula by promoting the Arts through performance, education, and exhibition.

Who We Are:

The Kenai River Council on the Arts is a non-profit, volunteer, umbrella organization composed of citizens, artists, educators, and business and art organization representatives. The Council originated as the Kenai Arts and Humanities Council in the 1970’s. We have grown to a board of 14 members and are dedicated to promoting the Arts on the Kenai Peninsula.

What We Do:

Kenai River Council on the Arts facilitates the networking of Arts Organizations on the Peninsula. In our on-going efforts to keep abreast of the needs of the Arts Community, we initiated the First Biannual Arts Summit in 2002. At that time, the arts community was surveyed to determine their needs, desires and the viability of an Arts Center. A preliminary feasibility study was created and proved to be a guide for economic development with potential to support the Arts. The Summit also produced the beginnings of an Arts Directory which lists names and contact information for over 500 artists, art businesses, art supporters, and educational and arts organizations on the Peninsula. The Directory, accessible from the website, also offers professional opportunities to showcase artist’s work.


Board of Directors

Celia Anderson

Allen Auxier

Barb Christian

David Edwards-Smith

Marty Hapeman

Oluf Hartvigson

Lou Heite

Kim Lee

Susan Larned

Joy Ray Skrha

Linda Swarner

Marilyn Wheeless

Dana Woodard