Our History

Like all Alaska, the Chilkat Center for the Arts has a history that is unique. The building itself began in the late 1800s as part of one of Alaska’s earliest canneries.

In 1924, it was purchased by the U.S. Army, dismembered, floated in sections around the Chilkat Peninsula, and reconstructed as the Education and Recreational Building at its present location at historic Fort William H. Seward.

In 1967, the year of Alaska’s Purchase Centennial, state and federal funds became available, and the building began another stage in its transformation, this time to a performing arts theatre.

In 1979, further remodeling was initiated and the Chilkat Center can now provide you with several workshop areas, conference rooms, a beautiful auditorium with lighting and sound systems (seating capacity 250), dance studio, space for dressing, storage and a foyer large enough for displays. A commercial kitchen is also available.

Because the theater has a fine stage and remarkable acoustics, the Chilkat Center is a popular venue with performing artists from all over the globe.

Here is just a partial list of some who have already experienced the Chilkat Center for the Arts:

    • Alaska Community Theatre Drama Festival
    • National Community Theatre Drama Festival
    • Yukon Visitor Association Convention
    • Alaska Public Radio Convention
    • Perseverance Theatre
    • Museums Alaska and Alaska Historical Society Conference

    And Concerts such as:

      • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
      • Juneau Symphony
      • Alaska Bald Eagle Music Festival
      • Paul & Linda Rosenthal, Violin
      • Ahn Trio, Piano, Cello, Violin