Event Date

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Wednesday, February 15 @ 6 – 8 pm
Anchorage Museum Auditorium
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

About the Event

When Words Aren’t Enough: A Conversation Addressing MMIW in Alaska

A free event in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum.

How do we talk about some of our most painful truths? Anchorage Opera will present the US premiere of the opera Missing by distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements and Juno award-winning composer Brian Current at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts March 10, 11 & 12. The production is Indigenous cast and led.

In conversation with the cast and production team, have the opportunity to be heard and to listen. Come learn more about the community projects being planned around the production to raise awareness and help heal our community.

Charlene Aqpik Apok (Iñupiaq) – Native Movement, Gender Justice & Healing Director and Data for Indigenous Justice, Executive Director
Missing artists (who were also part of the world premiere production in Canada):
Marion Newman -(Kwagiulth & Stó:lo First Nations) – “Dr. Wilson
Timothy Long (of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent) – Conductor

Food by Sis’s Café & Catering and beverages by Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits/Odom Corporation provided free of charge.

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Presented by


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. Anchorage Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.