The mission of the Bethel Council on the Arts is to encourage, support and foster arts related activities in the community.
Camai Goal and Purpose
The purpose of the Cama-i Dance Festival is host three days of dancing and singing, sponsor an arts and crafts venue, and host a community potluck to share good food and tell stories. The festival brings folks together from the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta and dance groups from across Alaska and international communities in the common language of dance and song.
Bethel Council on the Arts started unofficially in the early 1970’s with community members that wanted to promote the arts and had several goals in mind. One: to encourage, support and foster arts related activities within the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta and in particular the City of Bethel. Two: to bring performing arts to the community. BCA has sponsored the Camai Dance Festival since the early 1990’s and the festival has grown into a three day long Yup’ik culture event unparalleled in Alaska with over 20 dance groups participating, arts & crafts venue, Mr & Miss Camai, meet the artist/dancers and new events added each year. Just Desserts is an evening of local talent including musicians, magicians, story tellers, comics and dance. A special evening that celebrates the amazing talents that perform and the best dessert makers in Bethel. It is a win/win night of tasty treats and talented performers. BCA, as a member of the Alaska Touring and Presenting Consortium, also presents performers well known nationally like Arlo Guthrie, Leo Kottke, Women of the World and many other artists over the years. BCA is proactive in all aspects of preserving and promoting “the arts” in the YK delta and Bethel. There is a strong executive board, wide base of active volunteers and close ties with the state holders in the community.