• Facility Tours
  • ArtWalk
  • Virtual Tour
  • Planet Walk
  • Town Square Park

Alaska Center for the Performing ArtsPublic Tours

Public tours of this world-class facility are offered by appointment only. Please call 907-263-2900 to arrange a tour time. Tours begin in the Lorene Harrison Lobby which may be entered from 5th or 6th Avenues at F Street. When coming for your scheduled tour, please check in at the Alaska Center's Administrative Offices (double doors located near entrance from 5th Avenue).

Backstage Tours

Tours for school time groups or organizations sponsoring after-school programs may be arranged. Dates and times are dependent on staff available and the availability of backstage spaces. Rehearsals and technical work sometimes prohibits access to stages. Tours usually last 45-60 minutes. Backstage tours may be arranged,please contact Julie Millington, Vice President, at 263-2920 or jmillington@alaskapac.org.

We have a beautiful ArtWalk inside the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The art work displayed throughout the facility was created as part of the Percent for Art program when the building was constructed in the late 80's.

When Performances are at the Center, items can be viewed in the public spaces. Otherwise, the artwalk needs to be arranged.

One Percent for Art

In 1975, the State Legislature passed the Percent for Art in Public Places statute requiring the expenditure of up to one percent of the capital construction costs of public buildings for the acquisition and permanent installation of artwork. The following items were part of the original art installation projects.

Original designs by three Anchorage-area artists, selected from entries in a nationally advertised competion, are featured in the building as custom-manufactured carpet and upholstery fabrics. The artists' patterns and colors were used by the architects as the basis for the interior design of the building. The artists, architects and members of the art selection jury worked together to resolve questions such as scale of pattern, shade of color and details of weave.

Poppy CarpetLobby Carpeting
Alaskan Poppies by Taylor Stonington
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Discovery Theatre UpholsteryDiscovery Theatre Upholstery
Salmonberry by Paula Dickey
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Sydney Laurence TheatreSydney Laurence Upholstery
Forest Floor by Hugh McPeck
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Other Artwork for 1% for the Arts

Marble ArtMarble Mazes
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

 

Native Art Untitled Native Art
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

 

Other Artwork at the Center

Artful Violin Auction 2008Artful Violin Auction 2008
Asian Rhapsody by Sandra Harrington

 

Wild Salmon on Parade 2007
T'a Shi Quinnat (Spring Chinook Song) by Laruie B Wood

Wild Salmon on Parade 2006
Fish-O-Phon 70 Cohos Led the Big Paradeby Chris Floyd

Wild Salmon on Parade 2005
Elfish the Kingby Debra Dubac

Take a unique look at spaces within the Center, almost as if you were standing in them from the comfort of your own home! A special thanks to Adam Elliott of Elliot Photographic, who created these wonderful images of our facility to make the Center come to life!

NOTE: These files take some time to open, please have patience as you may see a blank page until the file is available. To view these images, you will need Apple Quicktime Player version 4 or higher. The download is only listed for Windows because Quicktime comes pre-installed on Apple computers.

Atwood Concert Hall

Atwood Concert Hall
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Click here for a 360° view of the theater.
© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Atwood Concert Hall
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Discovery Theatre

Discovery Theater
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© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Sydney Laurence Theatre

Sydney Laurence Theatre
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Click here for a 360° view of the theater.
© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Carr-Gottstein Lobby

Carr-Gottstein Lobby
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Click here for a 360° view of the lobby.
© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Lorene Harrison Lobby

Lorene Harrison LobbyClick the image to see a full-size photo.
Click here for a 360° view of the lobby.
© 2007 Adam Elliott, photographer, elliottphotographic.com

Visit Anchorage's Light Speed Planet Walk. The sun is just outside our stage door!

Town Square ParkIn 1984, when the Municipality of Anchorage began to build the downtown Performing Arts Center, land was set aside to construct Town Square Park. Beginning in 1988, the Parks & Recreation Department worked with AWWU and ML&P to develop a plan for Town Square Park. Initial plans envisioned a central pool and ice skating area connected to the four corners of the park with exposed aggregate walks.

Planners elected to preserve the historic Kimball's Store, built in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on one corner of the park. In 1989, the Parks & Recreation Department and its partners began to raise funds to complete the project.

In 1991, the Friends of Town Square organizations began fundraising by selling bricks that would be engraved with the donor's name and placed in the park. Furthermore, the Downtown Anchorage Association raised funds for this project by securing sponsorships for 100 trees, the Alascom Holiday Tree and over 13,000 bricks.

In 2008, improvements were made to Town Square Park as part of the renewal of Downtown Anchorage.

Features & Amenities

  • Fountain
  • Walkways
  • Benches and gathering areas
  • Ice skating rink in winter

www.anchorageparkfoundation.org/directory/townsquare/