Arts and Culture
Although Juneau is among the smallest and most isolated US capitals, its rich scenery, culture and history generate a wealth of artistic interest and representation. Visit the Alaska State Museum and the Juneau Douglas City Museum online or in person.
Juneau is home to two outstanding theatrical companies. Perseverance Theatre is Alaska's flagship professional theatre, serving nearly 16,000 artists and audiences annually with classical, contemporary, and world premiere productions on its Main and Second Stages; education and training programs for youth and adults; statewide and national tours; the Beyond Heritage Native Festival; and outreach collaborations with statewide artistic and social service groups that range from Ilisagvik College in Barrow to Juneau's Native and Filipino Communities. Perseverance is also the resident theatre at the University of Alaska Southeast. Theatre in the Rough is a community company that defines itself as arising from delight, from mystery, from essentials. It is especially well known for its classical and modern interpretations of Shakespeare.
Juneau has a symphony orchestra, two opera companies, several local bands, many individual performers, and the annual Alaska Folk Festival. The Juneau Symphony performs five mainstage concerts each year plus a Symphony Showcase that serves as a venue for its musicians to perform chamber music of their choice. The Juneau Symphony also supports numerous youth programs, including the Juneau Student Symphony. Opera to Go and the Juneau Lyric Opera each stage several performances each year. Unique among events of its kind, the week-long Alaska Folk Festival presents dozens of musicians from around North America entirely free of charge to the public. Except for one guest artist or group each year, all of the musicians perform voluntarily under 15 minutes of April limelight. During summer, the band shell in downtown Marine Park hosts weekly outdoor concerts.
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