Make Art. Make Music. Make Community.

This isn't our first time bringing a community together. Our founders are experienced in throwing concerts, growing communities, creating art and educating others.

 

Anchorage Community Works is a hub for creative collaboration in Anchorage. Our mission is to provide the space for you 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 are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that goes by the name Trailer Art Center. Continuing the good work that the MTS Gallery started years ago, we are working hard to improve the arts and business communities of Anchorage.

 

A wonderful advisory board of seasoned artists, performers, business owners and entrepreneurs also supports Trailer Art Center in our mission. Learn more about the Board of Directors and Staff below.

Board of Directors

Cody Augdahl, President

 

Cody is a lifelong Alaskan who believes in community-based approaches. Cody earned his undergraduate degree at University of Alaska Anchorage 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. Cody now works at the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome with the ultimate goal of working in community health to advocate for people and help them care for themselves and their resources.

Craig Updegrove, Vice-President

 

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.

Christina Platt, Secretary

 

Christina has been involved with Anchorage Community Works since December of 2013. She began working as an assistant for Brooklyn Baggett and then transitioned into a more active role as a volunteer for events, tours, and general member facilitator. She’s made some valuable additions to ACW, most notably building the current gallery space and maintaining the epic freshwater planted aquarium. She herself dabbles in a number of media including Watercolor, Acrylic, and Aquascaping.

 

As of June of 2016 she became the Secretary for the Board of Directors. She continues to assist with events and with addressing member queries. Her keen eye and unconventional thinking allows her freedom to see new ways to approach problems. She will continue to facilitate our continued growth as an artistic workspace and music venue.

Anna Sternberg, Treasurer

 

Bio coming soon!

Candace Blas, Director

 

Candace Blas is creative, focused, and organized. She has one foot in the arts and the other in the world of non-profits and local politics. Candace brings to the ACW board a desire to discover and promote artists of all sorts. The skills she has gained from managing political campaigns and community projects brings grassroots organization to ACW. She works to bring the community together and to connect artists with opportunities. A graduate from Chugiak High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage, Candace is proud to call Alaska home.

Tyler Platt, Director

 

Tyler’s been playing drums for a variety of bands in multiple genres of music for over 20 years. He brings a fresh perspective and a strong contribution from the local music scene. Since his very first show on our stage at the end of 2013, Tyler’s been on the ground running. For over two and a half years he’s been a volunteer and spent many hours devoted to developing the space for musicians and artists alike. His nomination to the Board of Directors was a natural progression to further develop ACW's involvement in the music community.

William Kozloff, Director

 

Will is a thirty-something year old artist working in Anchorage. He dabbles in aerosol art, traditional printmaking, and child rearing. In 2016 Will has been working as a “muralist” painting interior walls, exterior walls, trucks, conexes, newspaper boxes, and closed down porn stores. Whatever wall that is available with a bit of free paint. Will has a lady and two kids.

 

Will plans to turn the space into a community arts studio environment where individuals bounce ideas off each other for projects, commissions, and other forms of expression. Will is hoping to open the doors for more public oriented arts.

Staff

Will Dowd, Executive Director

 

Will is an artist and designer with interest in animation, illustration, graphic design, and printmaking. Will graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Art. A belief in the value of the arts for personal and community growth motivated him to get involved in Anchorage Community Works, which he sees as a place to share space, ideas, and community.

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Board of Directors

Cody Augdahl, President

 

Cody is a lifelong Alaskan who believes in community-based approaches. Cody earned his undergraduate degree at University of Alaska Anchorage 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. Cody now works at the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome with the ultimate goal of working in community health to advocate for people and help them care for themselves and their resources.

Craig Updegrove, Vice-President

 

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.

Christina Platt, Secretary

 

Christina has been involved with Anchorage Community Works since December of 2013. She began working as an assistant for Brooklyn Baggett and then transitioned into a more active role as a volunteer for events, tours, and general member facilitator. She’s made some valuable additions to ACW, most notably building the current gallery space and maintaining the epic freshwater planted aquarium. She herself dabbles in a number of media including Watercolor, Acrylic, and Aquascaping.

 

As of June of 2016 she became the Secretary for the Board of Directors. She continues to assist with events and with addressing member queries. Her keen eye and unconventional thinking allows her freedom to see new ways to approach problems. She will continue to facilitate our continued growth as an artistic workspace and music venue.

Anna Sternberg, Treasurer

 

Bio coming soon!

Candace Blas, Director

 

Candace Blas is creative, focused, and organized. She has one foot in the arts and the other in the world of non-profits and local politics. Candace brings to the ACW board a desire to discover and promote artists of all sorts. The skills she has gained from managing political campaigns and community projects brings grassroots organization to ACW. She works to bring the community together and to connect artists with opportunities. A graduate from Chugiak High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage, Candace is proud to call Alaska home.

Tyler Platt, Director

 

Tyler’s been playing drums for a variety of bands in multiple genres of music for over 20 years. He brings a fresh perspective and a strong contribution from the local music scene. Since his very first show on our stage at the end of 2013, Tyler’s been on the ground running. For over two and a half years he’s been a volunteer and spent many hours devoted to developing the space for musicians and artists alike. His nomination to the Board of Directors was a natural progression to further develop ACW's involvement in the music community.

William Kozloff, Director

 

Will is a thirty-something year old artist working in Anchorage. He dabbles in aerosol art, traditional printmaking, and child rearing. In 2016 Will has been working as a “muralist” painting interior walls, exterior walls, trucks, conexes, newspaper boxes, and closed down porn stores. Whatever wall that is available with a bit of free paint. Will has a lady and two kids.

 

Will plans to turn the space into a community arts studio environment where individuals bounce ideas off each other for projects, commissions, and other forms of expression. Will is hoping to open the doors for more public oriented arts.

Staff

Will Dowd, Executive Director

 

Will is an artist and designer with interest in animation, illustration, graphic design, and printmaking. Will graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Art. A belief in the value of the arts for personal and community growth motivated him to get involved in Anchorage Community Works, which he sees as a place to share space, ideas, and community.

Questions? Contact Us