Culture is an integral part of our northern world, and our 2014 AWG cultural programming will communicate and promote the extraordinary and beautiful facets of our deeply-rooted heritage. The Games' cultural activities will also promote the indigenous cultural exhibitions and activities that reflect each of the participating Teams. Fairbanks will work to embody the heart of the AWG, by presenting events and gatherings that encourage strong relationships between visiting Teams and provide a long-lasting connection among the circumpolar participants and visiting guests.
The 2014 Games' cultural activities will appeal to all ages, but particular emphasis will be placed on our visiting youth, to promote cultural interchange, and to assist in developing our next generation of compassionate and understanding leaders.
There will be three to six cultural delegates from each visiting contingent. The Host Society and the associated cultural committees will develop programs for them to showcase their talents. The delegates will have scheduled performances, and are expected to perform once a day in one of several events and/or venues, including the sports award ceremonies, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Cultural Gala, and at Games and community venues, and the Athlete Villages. "Jam session" will also be encouraged throughout Games week for impromptu, cross-cultural connections.
The Host Society will also be contacting a reputable artist from each region that we will bring to the Games for cultural performances and/or exhibitions, and for youth educational programs. Each Team's artist(s) will become an integral part of the overall Games cultural program.
There are no medals or prizes provided for cultural delegates. However, the Host Society will be providing each delegate with a commemorative medallion to show our appreciation for the beauty and art they bring to Alaska.