In 1984 Art and Eleanor Braendel, Alaskan pioneers, formally established a center for the instruction of music and other art forms. They originally called it the Eagle River Fine Arts Academy and only later (in the 1990's) was the name changed to the Alaska Fine Arts Academy. From the very beginnings, the Academy intended to teach more than just music. The Academy envisioned itself as a community arts center where music and visual and moving arts would be available to everyone in the community, both as participants and as patrons. As a Patron of the Arts, AFAA proudly displays the works of local artists and photographers in its lobby.
Alaska Fine Arts Academy: As one of our newer business partners, we are continuing to work out a variety of joint efforts between the school and business. The business is interested in promoting their programs and sharing space of recital rooms and the stage when needed and the arts instructors are encouraged to call upon speakers and special arts demonstrations from this partner. The CHS Improv Team has already been seen performing on this business partner’s stage and a variety of events will continue to be jointly planned.