UAS was one of many sponsors of a Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) art auction at Centennial Hall February 1.
The Tina’a Art Auction of traditional Southeast Alaska Native art raised more than $300,000 for a new Walter Soboleff Center under construction on Front Street in downtown Juneau. The sponsorship was in line with an MOA between UAS and SHI which outlines ways to provide educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. “We had faculty with art in the auction and students who were managing the event, working on the fashion show, and providing support the evening of the event. It was an incredible demonstration of the partnership we have developed with SHI,” wrote Chancellor John Pugh. Tina’a means copper shield which represents wealth and trade in Tlingit.
UAS Tlingit student Will Geiger (L) assisted with the auction.