Anchorage artist Will Kozloff the Alaska State Council of the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum to do the set pieces for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in January. The mural outside of the JACC is his.
For 70 years, Juneau and Douglas were separate cities. That came to end in 1970 following a controversial vote in which voters in Juneau overwhelmingly voted to consolidate their smaller neighbor.
Erin Heist, who works as a state admin officer, wasn’t sure where she heard the rumor, but it ate at her constantly. Heist moved to Juneau with her family when she was 9. Sometime during high school, she says the rumor struck: A gorilla had ran for mayor in Juneau’s storied past.