Alaska Humanities Forum Hires New Director of Leadership Programs
Alaska Humanities Forum is proud to announce that George Martinez has been hired as its new Director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization.
Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he has spent the past four years as Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity.
As a member of the Welcoming Anchorage executive committee, Martinez has worked with Leadership Anchorage cohorts for several years as a liaison for community impact projects that partner participants with local organizations to tackle real, immediate needs within the Anchorage community. “We are excited to have George join the Alaska Humanities Forum team,” says Forum President and CEO Kameron Perez-Verdia. “His focus on designing experiences that bring people together to engage in learning, sharing, cultivating, and activating will be a tremendous asset to the work we do in strengthening communities across Alaska.”
The Alaska Humanities Forum’s mission is to strengthen communities by connecting Alaskans through stories, ideas, and experiences. The Forum designs and facilitates experiences that bridge distance and difference—programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across the state and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
Leadership Anchorage is one of the Forum’s flagship programs, entering its twenty-third year this fall. The eight-month-long program brings together a diverse, cross-sector cohort each year for experiential learning designed to guide participants in developing the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be effective and compassionate leaders for Anchorage, and Alaska as a whole.
The Alaska Humanities Forum is currently seeking applicants for Leadership Anchorage 23. The public is invited to an Open House for Leadership Anchorage at the Alaska Humanities Forum’s offices on Monday, August 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to meet Martinez and to speak with program alumni and staff; applications are open through September 6, 2019. More information at akhf.org/leadership-anchorage.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.