Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

Golga Oscar

Multiple Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta artists are receiving grants to help fund their work. The Rasmuson Foundation has released its annual list of artist award recipients selected through a competitive application process. Five of the 36 artists selected this year are from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Rashah McChesney / KTOO

Qacung Stephen Blanchett’s new album may be solo, but it has some big Indigenous pop supergroup energy.

Sculptor Aims For Fish Camp Realism

Jul 13, 2021

Several bronze sculptures are ready to be installed outdoors in Bethel, at the entrance of the new hospital addition. Sculptor Joel Isaak and construction crews are just waiting for the right weather conditions to pour the concrete beneath the life-sized bronzes of a family at fish camp. 

City of Bethel

It’s Independence Day this Sunday, July 4, and the City of Bethel will be celebrating. Although there’s no festival this year due to concerns about social distancing during this time of COVID-19, the annual parade will be back, and promises to be better than ever. 

LKSD will take over operations of Suurvik Cinema, beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
Airn Carl

Bethel's movie theater is open again. Suurvik Cinema reopened on May 28 after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last fall. With the reopening, there are now even more opportunities to catch a flick than there were before the pandemic. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Elder Eula Acurunaq David passed away on May 29 at the age of 90. Originally from Scammon Bay, David was a worldly, culturally fluid and fluent woman who went on to live in Fortuna Ledge, Mekoryuk, and eventually Bethel.


Reyne Athanas

It’s another year without Bethel's Art Camp because of COVID-19, but people will still get a chance to paint dumpsters. Reyne Athanas says that if you have an idea for a dumpster, or even just for one side of a dumpster, contact her at 545-4468, message her on Facebook, or email her at You should also send a sketch of your idea.


Longtime KYUK colleague Lillian Atmak Michael died earlier this month at the age of 64. She passed away on the Russian Orthodox holiday Pascha, also known as Easter. Atmak was a practicing Orthodox Christian, many of whom believe that the gates of heaven are open to those who die on this highest of holy days for the church. While living, Michael shared her boundless energy with others as a teacher, a translator, a reporter, and a storyteller. 


Annalyne Ulroan / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The art made by students in the Lower Kuskokwim School District will take center stage at the Bethel Cultural Center on Friday, May 7. Up until now, all the art made by students could only be viewed virtually. The instruction that took place was also done remotely because of the pandemic.

Sam Elliot / KYUK

On May 2, Orthodox Christians in Bethel celebrated their most important religious holiday: Easter, or Pascha. It’s the first major holiday the congregation has gathered together for in nearly a year and a half.