Steven Blanchett (Qacung “Gah Joong)

Steven Blanchett (Qacung “Gah Joong)

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Qacung is a performing artist, a culture-bearer, and an art and culture educator. Qacung is a founding member of the Alaska Native tribal funk & Inuit soul group, Pamyua. In addition to his nearly 30-year performance career, Qacung has a passion to work for Alaska Native people. He has served in leadership roles with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, First Alaskans Institute, Pamyua Inc., and other arts, culture, and community service entities. He is currently the Cultural Heritage & Education Manager for Tlingit & Haida. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Arts Alliance and chairs the Advancing Indigenous Performance program. He also serves as a Board of Directors with the Alaska Humanities Forum. In 2022, Qacung was mentioned as The Kennedy Centers Next 50. This new initiative celebrates cultural leadership with 50 trailblazing leaders and organizations guiding society and the next generation into the future. He is a 2022 United States Artist Fellow and is a recipient of the 2021 Native Arts and Culture Foundation SHIFT- Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts award. He is a 2019 Dance/USA Fellowship recipient, a 2019 & 2016 recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Artist Fellowship, and a 2015 National Artist Fellowship recipient through the Native Arts and Culture Foundation. Qacung is a global citizen whose Indigenous and black roots guide his leadership and artistic vision.