Juneau Names Front and Seward Intersection Heritage Square
Resolution part of SHI’s quest to designate Northwest Coast art capital
View of Heritage Square
Amy Fletcher | Sealaska Heritage Institute
The City and Borough of Juneau has passed a resolution naming the intersection of Front and Seward Streets “Heritage Square,” bolstering Sealaska Heritage Institute’s (SHI) effort to designate Juneau and the region the Northwest Coast art capital of the world.
The resolution passed Monday and received no opposition from the assembly. The resolution noted that SHI’s recent installation of three bronze posts at that corner continues the institute’s progress toward developing Juneau as the center of Pacific Northwest Coast arts. The resolution also said the site is appropriate and will honor the many economic, civic, and cultural contributions of all people in Juneau.
“The intersection of Front and Seward Streets represents the symbolic center of Juneau’s cultural, historical and economic fabric, located near the Capitol, the Sealaska Corporation and Heritage Institute, City Hall, the downtown business district and the cruise ship docks and is on Juneau’s original shoreline,” according to the resolution.
The city plans to include the site on city maps and other materials and provide signage to mark the location.
SHI President Rosita Worl first floated the idea of a Heritage Square at the intersection three weeks ago at the unveiling of the bronze posts.
“I’m so thankful to Mayor Ken Koelsch and the assembly for running with this idea and making it happen so quickly. It is gratifying to have such support from the city in our quest to designate this area the Northwest Coast art capital,” Worl said.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.