Anchorage Community Works

Make Art. Make Music. Make Community.


Anchorage Community Works is a hub for creative collaboration in Anchorage.

Our mission is to provide the space for you to  to make music, make art or simply make/join a community.

ACW is a Do-It-Yourself arts and culture hub that is all about encouraging people to be creative and have fun.

We’re always growing and changing because of the new people who get involved. That means you!



The Board

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, Cody Augdahl and Craig Updegrove. We are supported by a wonderful advisory board of seasoned artists, performers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Board below.

Brooklyn Baggett


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 Augdahl


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.

Craig Updegrove


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.

Advisory Board

Sheila Wyne

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.


Codie Costello

codieAccount Supervisor & New Business, 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.


Jane Rabadi

Jane_AjlounDesign & Creative Production Manager, Anchorage Museum
Jane Rabadi is the Design & Creative Production Manager at the Anchorage Museum and the Art Director for Polar Lab, the museum’s international, Northern Initiative. 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.


Bruce Farnsworth

bruce 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. 


Darl Schaaff

darlOwner, 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.


Rick Nerland

RickNerland Agency (now Spawn Ideas)
Rick is a life long Alaskan with a history of community involvement ranging from Little League coach to Chairman of several non-profit boards. Rick has been an advisor, manager, mentor and cheerleader for causes in Alaska including The United Way of Anchorage, The Alaska Community Foundation, Fisher House Alaska, and the YWCA of Anchorage. When first approached with the idea of Anchorage Community Works Rick jumped on the bandwagon. He likes bands more than wagons though.



Jon Bittner

jon bDeputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
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 Vice President in 2012, and he is now Deputy Commissioner at DCCED.


Laile Fairbairn

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 8.50.57 AMFounder and Managing Partner, Snow City Cafe, and Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Spenard Roadhouse
A graduate of Chugach Elementary, Romig and West Anchorage High School, Laile returned to Anchorage after a ten year stint in Eugene, Oregon (go Ducks!), and Seattle.  After working in advertising for six years, Laile changed courses and opened Snow City Cafe in 1998 and then with Jo Ann Asher from Sacks, opened Spenard Roadhouse in 2009.  Snow City Cafe was recently awarded 2013 Outstanding Business in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter, and in 2012, Laile received the All Alaskan Award at Visit Anchorage’s Seymour Awards.  She enjoys travel, re-decorating her house in her mind, hanging out with her kids, and reality TV.  Not necessarily in that order.


Ryan Makinster


Chief of Staff, Rep. Mia Costello, Alaska Legislature
Ryan has more than sixteen years of public relations, communications and government relations experience. He is currently the Chief of Staff for Rep. Mia Costello in the Alaska Legislature. He previously served as Communications Director for the Alaska Chamber as well as the Anchorage Economic Development and has also served as a legislative and committee aide for multiple legislators in the Alaska State House and Senate. Before that, he spent 5 years in hospitality and tourism marketing in Seattle. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an advertising emphasis from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.


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