Anchorage - United States of America
Calling all Artists!
Expressions of interest are now open for Salmon on a Stick: Harmony Day 2015 Art Exhibition. Create your own alaskan salmon and decorate in the theme of harmony day. Schools, community art groups and solo artists are encouraged to submit artworks to an exhibition that will be held at the Community Art Space 18 March 2015. Expressions of interest close 27 February 2015.
- Salmon on a Stick Information Sheet
- Salmon on a Stick Terms and Conditions
- Salmon on a Stick Expression of Interest Form
- Salmon on a Stick Flyer
For more information phone 8930 0695.
Halloween Family Fun Event 2015
Join in this year’s Halloween Family Fun community event from 5.00pm-8.00pm on 24 October 2015 at Millner Primary School. Check out the flyer below for all the details.
Our annual Family Fun Halloween events are always a treat! Filled with exciting actvities and fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy performances, trick or treat and our always popular Haunted House!
Hosted by the Australian American Association of the Northern Territory (AAANT) and held 28 October 2012, participants came dressed in Halloween costume, enjoyed American foods, tried their hand at pumpkin decorating and played mini-golf with a trick or treat twist. This is the second year AAANT and the Anchorage Sister City Community Committee have partnered to hold a Halloween event. To see photos of this great event enjoyed by all visit the AAANT blog.
Monday 18 June 2012, Anchorage Sister City Community Committee member Alderman Kate Worden officially opened Darwin showing of the 2nd
Council received a lovely book of handwritten letters from students at
Artworks from Sanderson Middle School, Millner Primary School, Girraween Primary School, Nemurluk School and Darwin Middle School were sent to Anchorage for the 2nd annual Darwin and Anchorage Art Exchange. The first exchange, held May to June 2011 was a great success. The theme for the 2012 exhibition was Celebrate: festivals, holidays and special occasions. The exhibition was displayed at the Loussac Library, downtown Anchorage. Artists and community had a chance to see the art works at an opening hosted by Mayor of Anchorage. For more info read our CELEBRATE: Information Sheet
The Anchorage Sister City Community Committee in conjunction with the Australian American Association of the Northern Territory hosted the Halloween Family Fun Day held at Darwin Links Golf Club on Sunday 30 October 2011. Participants dressed in halloween costumes, played mini-golf with a trick or treat twist, decorated pumpkins and ate tasty American hot dogs. Guests also listened to a range of American folk tunes performed by the Top End Folk Club.
Friday 29 April 2011 was the official opening of the Anchorage and Darwin Art Exchange Exhibition. Held at Blaines Art, Anchorage, the exhibition included artworks depicting everyday living, created by young artists from Anchorage and Darwin. The exhibition created a colourful display in Darwin during the month of June at the Darwin Civic Centre. Click here to see photos of the Darwin opening. Anchorage Schools involved: Alaska Native Cultural School, Aquarian Charter School, Blaines Community Art Class, Winterberry School. Darwin Schools involved: Millner Primary School, Girraween Primary School, Nemarluk School
In July 2010 Anchorage Sister City Community Committee members lovingly wrapped and sent a collection of Australian and Territory themed children and youth books to be donated to schools in our Sister City of Anchorage, Alaska. The gift of books also included some dreamtime stories and many about the native animals in the Territory. Click here to see some photos.
Background and History
Initial moves for a sister city link began when former Darwin Mayor, Dr Ella Stack visited Anchorage in 1976. The Chief Minister at the time, Paul Everingham had also visited Anchorage and was supportive of the linkage. The key to the link was based on similarities such as steps to statehood, the development of mining and the establishment of a university in a remote frontier territory accustomed to natural disasters and isolation.
The two cities while at opposite extremes of the climate scale, share many similarities, including; rugged terrain, passionately followed outdoor sports, globally acclaimed national parks, mining histories, strong Indigenous cultures, wilderness survival stories, military presence, World War II experiences, mosquitoes and deadly wildlife.
Over the years collaborative programs have narrowed the cultural divide, including; Rotary Student Exchanges, Darwin residents hosting visiting groups, a radio program which received air play in both cities and the Fire Officers exchange.
The 'fellowship' between the two cities and various individuals has been maintained despite the geographical distances, with numerous visits between the two cities. In 1987 a small delegation of the Lord Mayor and Town Clerk visited Anchorage and the Parks Manager attended a parks conference. In 1990 the Anchorage Sister City Commission was represented at the ASCA Conference in Darwin by two delegates. A Darwin delegation of six visited Anchorage in 1992, and, in May 1993 an Anchorage delegation of eight people led by Mayor Tom Fink visited Darwin for a week attending business meetings and social functions. In August 1995 a City of Darwin officer worked with the Anchorage Municipality for four weeks to gain an insight into local government in the USA.
In 1996, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress went to Alaska at the invitation of the Mayor of Anchorage to participate in a special Sister City celebration. Since that time, numerous Darwin residents have enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Anchorage community, including Alderman Garry Lambert, who visited in July 2004 to discuss activities including a schools Internet project between the cities and a Fire Services exchange.
In 2006, a 15 person strong City of Darwin delegation visited Anchorage to reignite a number of community projects including the Fire Officers exchange.
Darwin and Anchorage share the following similarities:
- Frontier town with extreme temperatures
- World class national parks
- Dangerous native animals (Alaska has bears and wolves, the Northern Territory has crocodiles and jellyfish)
- Large military presence
- Mosquitoes cause major heartache to both of us
- A love of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing and camping