About us

Vision

Arctic Fest will be an annual festival that engages local and global communities with a series of inspiring and informative events focused on climate change in the circumpolar North and featuring the arts, sciences, and Indigenous cultural and knowledge system. 

Organizing partners

Fairbanks Concert Association – Now in its 75th year, FCA presents, promotes and sponsors artistically and culturally diverse performing arts events and educational opportunities of the highest quality from around the world. 

Northern Alaska Environmental CenterThe Northern Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.

University of Alaska FairbanksUAF is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. UAF integrates teaching, research, and public service as it educates students for active citizenship and prepares them for lifelong learning and careers.

Sponsors and Participating Partners

College Rotary
Fairbanks Arts Association
Running Reindeer Ranch
WWF U.S. Arctic Project
Design Alaska
Alaska State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Rasmuson Foundation
UAF Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Program
National Science Foundation
U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Alaska Center for Energy and Power
The Folk School
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Fairbanks Children’s Museum
UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
UAF International Arctic Research Center
UAF Large Animal Research Station
UAF Music Department
UAF English Department
UAF Art Department
UAF Graduate School
UAF Center for Arctic Policy Studies
UAF College of Engineering and Mines
Alaska Geographic
Goldie’s AK
Fairbanks Fungi Festival
Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic
Native Movement
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
OneTree Alaska
and many more!

Goal

Our goal is to host an annual festival that inspires, informs, and mobilizes diverse participants to catalyze change at the personal and organizational levels to address the grand challenges posed by a rapidly changing global climate. We aim to enhance cultural, intellectual, economic, and social development in Alaska, and to spotlight the excellence of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ research and creative activities. We hope to attract local, national, and international audiences that increase each year.

Rationale

The circumpolar North is at the epicenter of rapid environmental change that directly affects local communities as well as societies and ecosystems on a global scale. Addressing the challenge requires an understanding of climate change that integrates science and Indigenous knowledge systems with values, emotions, and aesthetics offered by the arts and humanities. Transdisciplinary integration can help us address climate change through public engagement, education, and exchange of ideas and knowledge from many cultural perspectives. Developing collaborative networks of individuals and organizations can lead to creative problem-solving to help us meet unprecedented social and ecological challenges.