Out North is a progressive multi-arts organization offering a vibrant mix of contemporary visual, performing, literary and media art, and engaging in arts activism, human rights, community development, and life-long education.
Gene Dugan and Jay Brause founded Out North in 1985 as a way to present LGBTQ+ theater productions. The organization expanded to general programming by the early 1990s; developing, producing and presenting local work, including plays, visual art, literature, music, film, performance art, and theater. In 2011, Out North built a partnership with 12 mission-focused art groups in its Art House Residency Program. Out North's theatre and performance roots continued during its tenancy in the Alaska Experience Theatre and the Port View Hall, retrofitted to allow for full theatrical productions, past Anchorage International Film Festivals, and many smaller cinematic endeavors. And, since beginning operations in 2010, KONR-LP FM 106.1, Out North Radio has grown to feature over 25 weekly local volunteer shows providing a rich and diverse mix of alternative music, conversation and entertainment heard nowhere else on the Anchorage radio dial.
A catalyst for art and innovation in Anchorage for more than three decades, Out North continues to collaborate with a multitude of artists, community members and organizations to offer educational and progressive arts programming that amplifies alternative voices and keeps Alaskans connected, informed, and engaged.
We're currently located in the heart of Spenard.
Erin Willahan, Executive Director
Jason Sear, KONR-LP Station Manager
Hunni Long, Out North Theater Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katura Willingham, President
Tristan Agnauraq Morgan, Vice President
Tripp Crouse, Treasurer
Dave Rohlfing, Secretary
Jason Sear, Board Member
Darryl Akins, Board Member
Jay and Gene Dugan-Brause
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The volunteers who have kept us going all these years!
The Atwood Foundation
The Alaska State Council on the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
The Alaska Community Foundation
Daniel Sparks, for his vision and support of KONR.