The mission of Anchorage Community Works is to provide a community center for local creatives.
Whether you promote concerts, make art or craft, teach classes, or host community meetings, the space is a hub for collaboration in Anchorage, encouraging members to think, work, and play together.
To accomplish our mission of providing a truly collaborative environment for our members and the public we:
To learn more about what we offer, click here.
This isn’t our first time bringing a community together. Our founders are experienced in throwing concerts, growing communities, creating art and educating others.
We are a nonprofit organization that goes by the name Trailer Art Center. Continuing the good work that MTS Gallery started years ago, we are working hard to improve the arts and business communities of Anchorage.
The founders and current board of directors of the Trailer Art Center are Brooklyn Baggett, Paul Clark, Cody Augdahl and Craig Updegrove (Board Member). We are supported by a wonderful advisory board of seasoned artists, performers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Board below.
Brooklyn manages a healthy balance between left and right brain hemispheres. She currently works as the Digital Supervisor for Spawn, formerly the Nerland Agency, where she helps develop strategy for technology-based platforms of communication for a wide range of clients. Brooklyn previously practiced law in Oregon, focusing on small business, intellectual property and arts law. In addition to a background in law, Brooklyn ran Octopus Entertainment, a boutique agency focusing on event management and concert promotion. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
As someone experienced in small business management, marketing, publicity, promotion, event management, and social media, Brooklyn brings a particular expertise to Anchorage Community Works necessary for an event- based profit structure. Brooklyn produces monthly music and art events, and is available to lead classes and workshops on business and marketing principles for creatives.
Cody is a lifelong Alaskan who believes strongly in a community-based approach to most things. Cody obtained his undergraduate degree at UAA and studied medicine at the University of Washington. During college, Cody volunteered teaching science in low income elementary schools, received a National Discovery Award for human anatomical dissection, and helped form the university bicycle club that eventually became “Off the Chain” bicycle cooperative. He is currently in his Family Medicine medical residency in Anchorage.
Ultimately, Cody desires to work in community health to advocate for people, and through education, help them care for themselves with the resources they have. He has a very similar approach to Anchorage Community Works, encouraging community involvement and collaborative learning.
Cody will offer regular movie nights featuring quality independent films that encourage education and community discussion; bicycle gatherings and workshops; and community meetings to discuss important political, social and educational issues for Anchorage residents.
Paul serves as the co-founder and “Left Brain” at Brainstorm Media, a team of passionate website designers, developers, and teachers. Together, they are in the business of changing the world using WordPress, a publishing platform that powers over 60 million web sites. Paul is a core contributor to WordPress, and is proud to have created intelligent, intuitive solutions for clients like The Wall Street Journal, Iomega, and the California Attorney General.
Paul received a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and has spoken at various conferences around the world, including his talk at TEDx Anchorage, Getting from “I have a dream” to “I have an answer”.
Paul created the collaborative workspace at Anchorage Community Works. He is available for workshops on design, programming, and business management.
Craig is a graphic designer, printmaker and sculptor currently working as Art Director for Bear/Moose’s/Broken Tooth. He has been participating in the Anchorage art community since 2006, is a former member of the Rabbit Rabbit community print shop, and has been a printmaking instructor at the Anchorage Museum since 2010.
Craig has created two large scale public art projects, a exterior 125-foot mural that incorporates students’ writing in Bethel, Alaska and a kinetic sculpture in Mountain View that represents the ever-changing qualities of the community it resides in. Craig was formerly part of three international shows that used the medium of printmaking as a cultural exchange with Cuba, Iran and Russia and was published in Gigposters Volume II, featuring 101 designers from around the world.
At Anchorage Community Works, Craig has created a space for printmaking and other artistic endeavors. He will also teach regular workshops on screen printing.
Sheila Wyne is a visual artist based in Anchorage. Her studio work has been shown across the state, the Lower 48 and overseas. Her work is in permanent collections of the Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Pratt Museums. Since 1990 she has designed over 20 public artworks. In the last 15 years, Wyne has also worked as a set designer with theatre companies in Alaska and the Northwest. She is currently working with The Light Brigade – an independent group of artists who design time-based, site specific art interventions on the local landscape and built environment. Wyne has been awarded a national NEA/TCG Fellowship in set design, as well as a Rasmuson Artist Fellowship, a Boochever Fellowship and the Alex Combs Artist Award. She has also received grants from Alaska State Council on the Arts, the NASE Development Program, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Andy Warhol and Rockefeller Foundations. In 2009 Wyne received the Governor’s Award for Individual Artist.
Account Executive, Spawn Ideas
Costello’s theatre background spans 20 years and has taken her from California to New York, Connecticut and Alaska. She has worked with numerous playwrights, including the late Lynn Redgrave, on original works and has directed and assisted on numerous productions including projects for San Jose Repertory Theatre, the Pearl Theatre Company, Directors, Actors & Playwrights Ensemble and Cyrano’s Theatre Company. Her arts administration career spans 18 years and includes positions as Executive Director for Alaska Dance Theatre, Director of Audience Services and Education for San Jose Repertory Theatre in California, Director of Marketing for the Pearl Theatre Company in NYC, and Director of Development for Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. Ms. Costello holds an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio at New School University in NYC and a BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University. Ms. Costello is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio in New York and currently works as Business Development Manager for Spawn Ideas in Anchorage, Alaska.
Public Media Director, Alaska Public Media
Travis Gilmour grew up on a family farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After receiving his BA in English from Oregon State University, he immediately moved to Alaska to seek his fortune. Travis has completed the Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and was a member of the first cohort of the Foraker Catalyst program. Prior to taking on his current position, heading up many of our online and community engagement initiatives, Travis put in a few years as Alaska Public Media’s Membership Manager.
Exhibit Graphic Designer, Anchorage Museum
Jane Rabadi is the Exhibit Graphic Designer at the Anchorage Museum and the designer for the museum’s Northern Initiative program. She was the in-house graphic designer for Anythink Libraries prior to moving to Anchorage in 2012. In Denver she worked as a graphic designer at the branding agency Monigle Associates, where in 2010 she was selected to be part of a three-person design team assembled by Aga Khan University to travel to Kenya, Tanzania, and Pakistan to spearhead their rebranding effort. She also worked as a designer at Art & Anthropology, a boutique design firm. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Sweet Briar Collage and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ms. Rabadi is a two-time recipient of the Forsyth Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) and has exhibited in solo and group shows around the country, including Alaska. She loves chickens.
Founder, The Light Brigade
Anchorage based writer and community organizer is the founder and director of the MTS Gallery in Anchorage from 2005 through 2011. During that time MTS hosted a renown program of monthly cutting edge visual art exhibitions and performance art work by both local and visiting or invited artists from around the state and the world. In 2011, Farnsworth was the recipient of the first ever “President’s Award” from the Rasmuson Foundation, an award created by the foundation’s President and CEO to honor his work in neighborhood revitalization through the arts. Bruce was the founder of Trailer Art Center, the nonprofit now running all programming and events at Anchorage Community Works.
Owner, Art Services North
Professionally trained as dancer and performing artist, worked with National Touring shows before moving to Alaska in 1977. Development director and acting executive director of the Anchorage Arts Council through the early 1980′s, continued on to create JanDar Productions, writing, producing and performing over the next 10 years. Owner of Art Services North, the premiere event company in Alaska. Active member of numerous committees and special commissions on the arts and culture. Produced award winning video series sold worldwide. Local, state, and international champion in Martial Arts. Currently involved in the AEDC Live, Work, Play initiative, a member of the Board for The Music Machine, children’s musical theater program, advises multiple arts organizations.
President & CEO, Northern Aviation Services
Dave Karp is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Aviation Services (NAS), which is the holding company for multiple aviation related businesses, among the most familiar are Northern Air Cargo, based in Anchorage, Alaska and Aloha Air Cargo, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to entering the Air Cargo business in 2006, Dave served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Anchorage based Hawaiian Vacations and Alaskan Vacations for nearly 7 years. Before that, Dave served as the Executive Director of the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council. Dave is a graduate from the University of Oregon and Harvard School of Business, Owner President Manager Program. He is married and has four children.
Vice President, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Jon is a fifth generation Alaskan with over a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors within the state. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology with an environmental focus. He currently serves on the Board of the West High Alumni Association, the UAA Geology Department Advisory Committee Board, the IEDC Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and the Alaska Makers Group. Jon spent several years as a legislative aide in the State House as well as serving as the committee aide to the Anchorage Caucus. He also was appointed legislative liaison to the Denali Commission for the Alaska Clearinghouse tasked with matching Alaska organizations with federal stimulus funds. In the private sector, Jon has spent two years working for an Anchorage based Environmental Consulting company as a field scientist and GIS analyst. He also worked for two years as a field geologist/GIS specialist for a local mineral exploration company based in Anchorage. He was hired by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) in early 2011 as the Director of Business and Economic Development before being promoted to his current position as Vice President in 2012.
Owner, Snow City Cafe & Spenard Roadhouse