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Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall is the largest venue in the Alaska Center. Over 2,000 people can be seated at a time and the theater consists of three levels orchestra, mezzanine and balcony. It is named after the famous historian and author Evangeline Atwood.
The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-venue performing arts center comprised of four theaters: the Atwood Concert Hall, Discovery Theatre, Sydney Laurence Theatre, and Elvera Voth Hall. One of Anchorage’s most notable public structures, the center has design features meant to recall Alaskan summers, including textiles by local artists, and four-story forest-green columns. The facility's performance spaces and adjoining lobbies take up just over a one-block area, and host everything from Broadway shows, ballets, jazz concerts, operas, and local events. Resident companies include the Anchorage Opera, Alaska Dance Theatre, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and a handful of other local performance art organizations.
Alaska's first elected governor was William Egan, and this convention center was named in his honor. It is the state's largest convention and meeting center, with more than 40,000 square feet of conference area. More than a block in length, it features a front wall made entirely of curved glass parallel to Fifth Avenue. The lobby houses a constant display of Native art, including sculptures, beading and carvings. There is no admission fee for viewing the center.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is remarkable for its programs, life-sized village displays, craft-making workstations and friendly, knowledgeable Alaskan Native staff. This museum presents 11 distinct cultural groups of Alaska within its 26 acres and is a must-see for anyone interested in Alaska's history and native peoples. Located just ten minutes east of downtown, the grounds are bordered by the Chugach Mountains. Expect to be entranced by storytelling, drumming, hands-on crafts and Native dancers. A gift store and cafe are onsite.