Frequently Asked Questions


Who should attend these workshops? You! This program is for people who want an authentic experience of southeast Alaska, and are interested in the creative arts and natural world. You do not need a background in science or art to attend, just an open mind and a willingness to try new things! This is a great opportunity to try something new or develop your skills in a particular area. Some of the workshops in the festival require walking and light hiking, so if you have limited mobility, please contact us to discuss which workshop will be a good fit for you.




What should I bring?

  • Layered clothing for cool days and chilly nights
  • Good rain gear (waterproof jacket and rain or hiking boots)
  • Hats (for sun and cold)
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle or thermos
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Personal items: alarm clock, soap, shampoo and other toiletries, etc.
  • Lantern, flashlight, or headlamp (and batteries)
  • Small backpack or bag
  • Personal art supplies;  journal, special pens, etc.


What is included in the price? Included in our off-campus student rate is the five day workshop, six lunches, the opening and closing reception, afternoon excursions, and all evening events. The on-campus student rate includes an airport shuttle on arrival/departure days, the five day workshop, seven breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners, a private or shared room in the historic North Pacific Hall, the opening and closing reception, afternoon excursions, and all evening events.

Are there scholarships available? Yes! We have scholarships available for the Sitka Arts & Science Festival. Please contact Anna Lee at [email protected] for more information.

Can I come for just part of the week? Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity for workshops to be drop-in.  Classes must be attended all five days. Folks staying off campus should plan on being available for the whole week. 

If I am vegan/gluten-free/lactose intolerant will there be food for me? Meals at the festival are served buffet style in the dining hall. Vegetarian and vegan options are available and there is a salad bar. Cooks are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions, be sure to include any requests on your registration form. If you have extensive dietary needs, please reach out to us in advance.  

Can someone stay with me who is not participating in the festival? Yes! Guests may be added to rooms in North Pacific Hall and eat in the dining hall for an additional fee.

What will the weather be like? Sitka can have rain for days on end or the sun can shine for an entire month straight, so be prepared for both extremes. Summer temperatures range from 40-80 degrees, with the average in the 50s.

Will I need to bring my own art/research supplies? Some supplies will be provided, others students will be asked to bring. Please see the supply list for your specific course. Specialty equipment and hard-to-find materials will be provided. Photography courses will require students bring their own SLR camera; it is recommended you are fairly comfortable using it before arriving to the festival.

Is Sitka the wilderness? Will I be safe? Sitka is a town of 9,000 situated on the west side of Baranof Island. While we are close to wilderness, Sitka is very safe! The campus sits next to Crescent Harbor,  and is less than a 15 minute walk from the center of town and the nearest grocery store.

Can I get a refund? Registration cancelled by June 1, 2016, will be refunded the full amount, less the deposit. Refunds will be not be granted after June 1, 2016.