AWCC is excited about our 5th Annual Art Contest! The 2023 theme is targeted to celebrate the Turnagain Arm. The Turnagain Arm is a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Alaska and is home to coastal temperate rainforest, large tide variations, valleys carved by glaciers, and stunning views of both the Chugach and Kenai Mountains. All four seasons are unique, and each has a distinct influence on life in and around “the arm”. In the water, beluga whales, Dall’s porpoise, salmon, eulachon, and so many more can be found seasonally. On the land surrounding, trees and shrubs like cottonwood, spruce, willow, and alder grow, with herbaceous plants such as Sitka burnet, fireweed, lupine, and Jacob’s ladder, fill the ground below. Among this flora, animals outside the water like bears, moose, Dall sheep, snowshoe hares, migratory birds, and so many in between take residence. Though you may not be familiar with the variety of wildlife or scenery found in this specific region, we hope that you and your student s will be encouraged to find a connection to your home, no matter how far. Perhaps this connection is made through the North American porcupine, or American black bear, whose ranges extend far beyond the Turnagain Arm and Alaska. Or it could be the Rufous hummingbird, who travels all the way from Mexico over the Rocky Mountains to breed and raise their young here. If not any of these, bald eagles may be a common connection, as they are not only found throughout most of Alaska but all of the lower 48 states. By participating in this exciting annual event, students and their support system help us further our mission, one entry at a time. Thank you!