First Friday at the Museum

Event Date

Friday, March 3 @ 6:30 pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

About the Event

The Anchorage Museum opens its doors to the public FREE of charge each First Friday of the month and in March Anchorage Opera was very proud to present: Mary Kelsay, Unangax^ designer, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) advocate through fashion, and the Unangax^ dance group, Tanam Ang^ii (Haliehana Stepetin, Teresa Olekszyk, Taytum Robinson, Alex Robinson, and Lydia Dirks) performing a live showcase, “For Our Sisters”.


About “For Our Sisters”: Designer, artist, and advocate Mary Kelsay (MEKA, Seattle) in collaboration with Dustin Newman (Anchorage,) One Woman Symphony (Des Moines, IA,) present “For Our Sisters” a story of honor and healing through art, fashion, and music. “For Our Sisters” is a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples story honoring our stolen sisters and relatives. Inspired by the Red Dress portrait created by Dustin, Mary brought them to life raising awareness within the community, creating conversation and healing. This compelled One Woman Symphony to create a musical piece and the pair created a film while in Paris with The Farmhouse Studio. This powerful video is a story of healing and uplifting community. Models for this showcase are from the Unangax^ dance group Tanam Ang^ii (Anchorage.)



Anchorage Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. Quyana Initiative: a Commitment to Decolonization and Indigenization, received funding from a Civic Practice Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Fund. Missing received funding from OPERA America’s Next Stage program, supported by Gene Kaufman, Terry Eder-Kaufman, and New Vision for NYC Opera, with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The company debut of Rhiana Yazzie was partially supported by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors, generously funded by the Marineau Family Foundation. 

Funding for Mary Kelsay’s airfare provided by The Aleut Corporation.