BENEFITING: KODIAK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
It's history. It's hyperbole. It's Kodiak's West Side.
West Side Stories is a public arts and humanities project that will document, preserve and engage Kodiak people in the history and culture of the west side of Kodiak Island through storytelling.
It is a multimedia, interdisciplinary project that will use oral histories, photography, community-created art and writing projects, social media, public radio broadcasting and a museum exhibition to explore people, places, and events of the west side of Kodiak Island.
This summer, Anjuli Grantham from the Baranov Museum/Kodiak Historical Society is teaming up with Kodiak photographer Breanna Peterson to interview and photograph people with a connection to the west side, both in town and in Uganik and Uyak Bays. We are talking set netters, tender operators, cannery workers, lodge employees and villagers. Anjuli will capture the history and Breanna will take documentary photographs of west side people and places.
The interviews will be turned into radio programs broadcast on KMXT. The interviews and photographs will be posted on the West Side Stories website. All materials will be archived at the museum.
But that's not all. We want to inspire west side folks to make their own west side stories. So, volunteers will be putting together story kits that will be sent to set net sites, lodges, and available at the Larsen Bay cannery periodically over the summer. These kits will include activities meant to capture the history of the west side and prompts for fun art and writing projects. There will also be opportunities to participate via Instagram and Twitter for those no longer on island.
Finally, all of this material will be gathered together for an exhibit exploring the west side, which will be on display at the Baranov Museum.
So many people have a deep connection to the west side--- help us to gather and share stories of why the west side is special. Your donation makes this project possible!