The staff working at AK Child & Family are not only compassionate but creative. Each year in the run up to Alaska Flag Day, July 9th, where we celebrate the agency’s past, present, and future, staff and students alike submit artistic designs for our annual T-shirt design competition. This year didn’t disappoint! Multiple designs were submitted and judged at our monthly all-staff meeting and this years’ winning entry was once again supplied by Julie Behm. Julie has worked diligently at the front desk of the Jesse Lee campus for the past 11 years. Julie draws inspiration from our rich heritage and her own artistic talents. When asked about her thought process behind her submission, this is what Julie had to say: “My thought behind the child holding up the North Star in my design is that the children are the stars here at the agency. They are the reason AK Child & Family exists and the reason why we, the staff, are here. It is the children and their needs that guide us daily and that inspire us as the agency looks forward to the future.”
AK Child & Family has a rich creative history to include Benny Benson, who as a resident of the Jesse Lee Home, designed the Alaska State Flag; long-term board member Dianne Barske, who has designed and donated several pieces of original artwork depicting scenes from our agency’s past, and; alumnus Ira Levinton, also a talented and renowned artist, who, like Julie, submitted multiple award winning designs over the years. Staff, family members, and students are all encouraged to submit designs intended to capture the SPIRIT of AK Child & Family. With many highly creative submissions made each year it’s never easy to select just one winner. With that in mind stay tuned as we will be posting runner-up submissions as we get closer to Flag Day. We hope you enjoy the stories and creative expressions as much as we do and that you’ll consider attending our Flag Day celebration, this year marking our Quasquicentennial (125 year) anniversary.