Burning the masks of Aggravated Organisms

first_img One of Drew Michael’s Masks , representing Cancer (Photo courtesy of Drew Michael)One of Drew Michael’s Masks , representing Cancer (Photo courtesy of Drew Michael) 1 of 3 One of Drew Michael’s Masks , representing Cancer (Photo courtesy of Drew Michael)One of Drew Michael’s Masks , representing Cancer (Photo courtesy of Drew Michael) Yupik carver Drew Michael and painter Elizabeth Ellis created 5 foot tall masks in an exhibit called ‘Aggravated Organisms’ to represent the 10 most prevalent diseases impacting Alaskans. After 3 years of touring the masks to Alaska communities across the state and a showing in Seattle, Michael has decided to end the educational journey of these masks through the traditional method of burning. The ceremony will be held on the lawn of the Anchorage museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At the same time, Michael plans to put out a statewide call to promote healing through community cohesiveness and mutual support. A wooden mask carved by Anchorage artist Drew Michael. Photo by Sara Bernard, APRN-Anchorage. Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. HOST: Lori TownsendListen nowGUESTS:Drew Michael – Yupik carverJulie Decker – Anchorage Museum DirectorStatewide callerslast_img