Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.

Chrissy Roes/KUCB

After having been closed to the public for over three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians has begun its limited reopening.

Starting Tuesday—and in observation of certain regulations—patrons can once again visit the museum.

Sharon Svarny-Livingston

Since mid-March, Unalaskans have been hunkering down and socially isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time—and even now as the State of Alaska reopens—many people have been avoiding crowds and public spaces such as bars, restaurants, and supermarkets, and spending more time in their own kitchens.

Over the past couple months, I spoke with a few locals to see what kind of experiments, recipes, and memories they’ve been cooking up during the pandemic.


KUCB Staff

The City of Unalaska's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation will be hosting a Fourth of July Parade on Saturday. 

In lieu of a fireworks show—which was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the uncertainty of air travel, and quarantine requirements—the PCR will be holding a parade that meets local and statewide health mandates.


The parade route has been extended to help community members observe social distancing regulations.


Maggie Nelson/KUCB


Unalaska's Parks, Culture, and Recreation Center held its first ever virtual Summer Solstice Run this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the PCR's events this spring and summer have been either cancelled or drastically changed in order to observe local and statewide health mandates that require social distancing.

The Summer Solstice Run, which would normally happen in just a few hours, took place over the span of a week, and participants were asked to submit proof of time and participation virtually.


Spring Piano Recital Goes Virtual

Jun 12, 2020
Lauren Adams / KUCB

Lynda Lybeck-Robinson has been teaching piano students in Unalaska since 1997. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lybeck-Robinson found a way to teach her students virtually. She says that they couldn’t have done it without the support of OptimERA WiFi.

“Emmett Fitch, founder of OptimERA, had mentioned from time to time that they’d like to help our non-profit with our mission,” said Lybeck-Robinson.  “Thanks to OptimERA each piano student that signed up for online lessons was given enough internet to continue their piano studies.”