Haines, AK is a geographically isolated former lumber and mining community in Southeast Alaska. Attracted by the stunning natural beauty and enduring Tlingit culture, the town now has many non-Native as well as Native artists. Although Haines is home to Fort William H. Seward, which is a significant tourist destination for cruise ships, Main Street storefronts were vacant for decades, giving an impression of economic decline and resulting in disconnection from the tourism economy. Alaska Arts Confluence has proposed contributing to the interconnectivity of Fort Seward and Main Street, and the revitalization of downtown Haines by transforming vacant storefronts into active, well-lit art displays and by commissioning artists to create a sculpture garden and walking tour that reinterprets the dynamic story of the Fort.
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