What is the Palmer Arts Council?

The Palmer Arts Council is a membership based organization dedicated to the facilitating of artistic endeavors in its community.  The Arts Council is highly committed to artists, musicians, actors, and writers from Palmer and the surrounding areas.  PAC takes special interest in children and youth, offering education, training, and performance opportunities to local young people.  The Arts Council is operated by a nine-person Board of Directors that is elected by the membership.

The Mission of The Palmer Arts Council

The Palmer Arts Council mission is to nurture, encourage, sponsor, and support the free expression of ideas in our community through the arts.  PAC believes a healthy community is one in which artistic activities are valued and offered in abundance.  The Arts Council believes artistic endeavors are the key to making Palmer, Alaska, a unique destination city.



The History of The Palmer Arts Council

The Palmer Arts Council grew out of conversation at a table at Vagabond Blues, a coffee house in downtown Palmer.  The dreamers incorporated themselves as an Alaska not-for-profit organization.  A more formal gathering took place in December, 2005, at the home of Tony and Mimi Pippel.  An interim Board of Directors was elected, and Mimi Pippel became the first president of the Palmer Arts Council.  The board quickly filed for 501 c 3 federal tax exemption and received IRS approval in February, 2006.

The first annual meeting of the Palmer Arts Council took place in March, 2007, and the membership elected its first official Board of Directors.

When Mimi Pippel and her husband moved to Oregon, she was followed in the presidency by David Cheezem, Bridgette Preston, Rose Hendrickson, and the current president Jeffrey Lisa Charvet.

In 2008, PAC moved into office space in downtown Palmer.  2012 led us to our current office just off the main street.  With the help of The Rasmuson Foundation, the Arts Council now has a well-equipped office with a capacity to support an ever growing list of sponsored events.  The budget for Palmer Arts Council has grown, and will go over the $100,000 mark in 2012.  PAC board members and volunteers continue to administer the functions of the organization without compensation.

The Palmer Arts Council currently facilitates programs in theatre for younger children and for teenagers, summer bands for middle school and high school youth, and fine arts for grade school and middle school young people.  PAC's programs in celebration of poetry month each April are unmatched in Alaska.  The list of sponsored concerts is growing constantly.

The Palmer Arts Council had become a stable part of the organizations of its community.  PAC has positioned itself to be the cultural leader of Palmer for many years to come.

Who We Serve

The goal of the Palmer Arts Council is to serve all the citizens of the greater Palmer area. PAC has a special commitment to artists, musicians, writers, teachers, directors and actors who have connections with the Matanuska Valley.  The Arts Council has developed a focus on children and youth.  PAC's commitment to the people of the greater Palmer area is not meant to be exclusive.  PAC welcomes the participation of all residents of the Mat-Su Borough.

Board of Directors

The ongoing business of the Palmer Arts Council is in the control of a five-person Board of directors, that is elected by the membership at the PAC annual meeting each January.  Board members are elected to staggered three year terms of office.  The board currently meets monthly.

Palmer Arts Council seeks candidates to serve on the Board of Directors.  PAC seeks candidates who are good decision makers in an atmosphere of collegiality.  Relationship and commitment to community and to the arts are of prime importance.


Palmer Arts Council is a membership based organization.  Memberships are for one year and begin and end with the annual meeting.  Membership is achieved by payment of a $25 membership fee.  Memberships are individual.  There are no classes of memberships.

Membership fees are a significant source of underwriting funds for the Arts Council.  It is the experience of PAC that members are also generous givers to the Arts Council.  Palmer Arts Council is a participant in the Alaska Permanent Fund Pick-Click-Give program.  A growing number of our members are choosing to use that program as a way to make gifts to the Palmer Arts Council.


Palmer Arts Council is a volunteer driven organization. Most of the programs of PAC are operated behind the scenes by volunteers.  Do you want to be a volunteer?  Give us a call at 745-7735 or drop us an email at info@thepalmerartscouncil.org.

The Palmer Arts Council Vision

The Palmer Arts Council envisions a community in which.....

  • Creativity is valued and encouraged
  • All children have access to a high-quality education that includes the arts
  • Adults have lifelong opportunities for learning through the arts
  • Artists live and work successfully in a vibrant creative community
  • People participate in a wide range of high-quality cultural programs
  • Arts and cultural organizations are strong and active
  • Business and industry contribute to vital and creative endeavors
  • The Palmer Arts Council plays a key role in shaping the future

The Palmer Arts Council envisions Palmer, Alaska, as a destination community for the celebration of the arts.


The Palmer Arts Council has prospered because of the generosity of its friends.  PAC acknowledges the generosity of many of our previous and current supporters...

Alaska State Council on the Arts

British Petroleum

Crowley Petroleum

Fireside Books

Great Northern Engineering

Mat-Su Emergency Medicine Physicians

Matanuska Telephone Association

Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union

MEA Charitable Foundation

Pippel Insurance

Rasmuson Foundation

Turkey Red Restaurant

Daybreak Inc.

Conoco Phillips


The Colony Inn


Dozens and Dozens of generous individuals



Palmer Arts Council
P.O. Box 4286
Palmer, AK 99645

Ph: 907.745.7735