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The gray front of the metal two-story warehouse-type building on Ship Creek looks plain enough, surrounded by gravel parking areas with a cluster of utility boxes lining the wall next to the main entrance. But you never know what you’ll find behind the door.Mike Dunham
The Alaska State Council on the Arts unveiled the 11 new pieces recently added to the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank at a reception on Aug. 7. The works by Alaskans join more than 700 other paintings, photos, sculptures and mixed-media items that are placed in public offices around the state.Mike Dunham
Anchorage Community Works celebrates first year, young musicians perform chamber music and art ramblings for the week of Aug. 7 in AnchorageMike Dunham

Five of the six living former mayors of Anchorage joined the city’s current chief executive for an autographing marathon Tuesday morning. The purpose of the event was to get their signatures on 550 prints commemorating the 100th anniversary of Anchorage.

Mike Dunham

The dumpsters of Bethel are canvases for public art and billboards for public health. They are where residents are supposed to throw away garbage, but their value extends beyond function.

Bob Hallinen

Artist Diedra Krieger and volunteers inserted plastic drink bottles into the mesh on a dome constructed by Krieger on the front lawn of the Anchorage Museum on Friday, August 1, 2014. The event was part of the "Gyre: The Plastic Ocean" exhibit at the museum.

Bob Hallinen

For 33 years, Janet Carr-Campbell has been teaching Alaska kids singing and dancing through her nonprofit summer program, The Music Machine. Now, kids of former kids are joining in on the fun.

Loren Holmes
Harding's train becomes Christmas ornament -- but not Harding's Alaska trainMike Dunham
“The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” will impress everyone who loves musicals -- and delight everyone who hates them. Mike Dunham
Leffingwell died Wednesday afternoon at home, less than three months after her final performance with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. She was 90. Mike Dunham