As you may know, my blog theme for this year is connections. I’m highlighting different examples and celebrating how we can build connections with other people. Today, my example is the Alaska Humanities Forum. (Website akhf.org, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaHumanitiesForum/)
The Forum is our state’s branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been active since 1972. Their mission: “The Alaska Humanities Forum connects Alaskans through stories, ideas, and experiences that positively change lives and empower communities.” I’ve been a participant in many of their programs, including Take Wing Alaska, and the Urban-Rural Exchange (now refined as the ECCI [Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion] program). These experiences helped me better understand my rural and Alaska Native neighbors and enriched my life. The Forum also provides grants for activities and projects ranging from documentary films to oral histories to facilitated community discussions. All these things help us learn more about each other and our history, and tie us together as a people.
They recently posted a beautiful new video by Joshua Corbett. See it at
While I hope you watch the whole short video, I’d like to share two quotes that stood out to me:
“Shared experiences create relationships. And those relationships are what solutions are built on.” by Kameron Perez-Verdia, AKHF President and CEO.
AKHF’s motto at the end of the video: ”Through connection, we build community.”
If you live in Alaska, you can support the Forum by participating in their activities and donating your time and money. If not, you can learn what your state or community has and contribute there. Together, we can build connections that make the world a better place.
What examples of connections do you have where you live? How do they make things better?