Alaska’s land, its people and global evolution — an artist’s perspective

What does Alaska have to share with the world? Through the artist’s perspective, guests Lindsay Carron and Polly Andrews describe the special qualities of Alaska’s land and people that connect us to the earth and its evolution.

This Geography of Hope presentation offered a change of pace from other events in our virtual series, bringing an artist’s perspective to answer the question: What does Alaska have to share with the world? Join Alaska’s Wilderness League’s online director, Hilary Stamper, as she connects virtually with our featured guests Lindsay Carron and Polly Andrews who dive into this topic with breathtaking images and videos, enchanting stories and heartfelt song.

Stay up to date on Lindsay’s current and future projects on her website and Instagram pages as well.

NAPIRYUK POLLY ANDREWS (right) is Cup’ik from the villages of Chevak and Lower Kalskag in Southwest Alaska. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education, with a focus on creating culturally responsive connections to enhance perspectives and positive outcomes between Native and non-Native professionals and community. Additionally, Polly enjoys sharing Cup’ik culture and performing arts through song, dance, story, and spoken word. Today, Polly is mom to three lively children, and their favorite past time includes returning to the village for fish camp and subsistence activities.

LINDSAY CARRON (left) is an artist and educator residing in both Los Angeles and Alaska. In Los Angeles, she works with young children in nature-based learning as a mentor with EverWild. She partners with her local community on murals and creative assets for reducing our environmental footprint.

In Alaska, Lindsay has worked for the past five years as an artist in residence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges. She has also illustrated children’s books with Sealaska Heritage Institute, and taught classes and exhibited her art in Juneau. Her travels have taken her to incredible lands where she has met inspiring people and learned about rich cultural traditions, and these experiences provide the foundation of her cross-cultural and collaborative work with various organizations.

You can see Lindsay’s work as part of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Project here.

Cover art: Lindsay Carron’s “Brooks Range Massif” from her 2017 work on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.