In the past few weeks, Anchorage Community Works has hosted the thrash metal band Seracs, an acoustic show by the much-recorded Matt Hopper and all-ages concerts by local groups including Mythological Horses, Thunderfish and Dr. Zen. They've held swap meets, where musicians could buy and sell surplus gear. And, on any given day, one may encounter artists working on paintings, sculptures, prints, photography -- or juggling.

During a tour of the 5,000-square-foot facility on a quiet afternoon last month, Baggett described the mission of ACW as "a nonprofit shared workspace for artists and an avenue for art and music shows."

Aug. 8 was an anniversary celebration for the facility, an event dubbed "Emergence" to reflect "the fantastic emerging artists incubating within our walls," the invitation read.

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