ACLT has supported the arts in Mountain View since our founding in 2003. Throughout the last decade, ACLT properties have been home to artists’ studios, galleries, and performances, and ACLT has supported and commissioned public artworks along Mountain View Drive. Here’s a map showing all of the public art in the neighborhood – print it out and take a walking tour today! Keep reading to learn about the magpie artworks studio and our most recent public art projects.
Mountain View’s revitalization started in the early 2000s with the idea of developing the neighborhood as an arts and culture hub. For example, the Carey property, which was owned by ACLT from 2005-2009, housed the Mobile Trailer Arts Gallery, the Alaska Theater of Youth, and was the location where artworks like Sheila Wyne’s Big Game series were created. ACLT continues to work to support neighborhood artists and artisans, commission public artworks, and beautify the neighborhood through facade improvements and signage that include art showcasing all of Mountain View’s cultural traditions.
In 2011, ACLT acquired the Alaska Super Pawn property at the corner of Mountain View Drive and Price Street, and in 2012 redeveloped the building. That year, the east side of the building opened as magpie studios. The studio now houses five studio spaces for some of Alaska’s premier Alaska Native and American Indian artists, including Alvin Amason, Perry Eaton, Linda Lyons, Drew Michael, and Graham Dane.
Linda Infante Lyons’ Mural on the Hispanic Cultural Center
In the fall of 2015, ACLT contracted with Linda Infante Lyons, an Alaskan artist whose studio space is located in Mountain View at magpie artworks, to paint a mural on the east-facing wall of the Hispanic Cultural Center (4233 Mountain View Drive). In 2014, with funding from the Rasmuson Foundation, ACLT worked with the Hispanic Cultural Center on a facade improvement, which created a new blank wall in a highly visible location on Mountain View Drive. Linda completed the mural, which depicts Rufous hummingbirds that migrate from Mexico to Alaska every year, in September 2015. The project was accomplished with support from the Atwood Foundation and a paint donation from the Northway Mall Home Depot. To learn more about the mural, see the Anchorage Press article about the project that was published in October 2015, and watch the Alaska Teen Media Institute’s video about the creation of the mural.
This year, ACLT worked with local artists Aurora Sidney-Ando and Christina Demetro, to create a five foot bronze sculpture called ‘Whale Song’ , which was installed at the corner of Mountain View Drive and Park Street in Mountain View in June 2016. The sculpture depicts an arched whale with a splash of cascading water from its tail, and silhouettes of Alaskan animals on the side of the whale. The art piece was sculpted with the help of local youth at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, and encouraged community dialogues around peace. Support for this project comes from Brown Jug, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and all those who donated to the Whale Song project’s crowdfunding campaign. See the ADN article to read more and see a video about the project.
This fall, ACLT, with support from the Atwood Foundation, is working with Mountain View-based artist Alvin Amason on an outdoor mural to be installed on Mountain View Drive.