Homer Council on the Arts envisions a future in which our community maintains its identity as one of Alaska's art centers.

HCOA supports a diverse mix of artistic expression,
ensuring that art remains the core of the Homer experience.


Recognized by the Governor as “the backbone of Homer’s energetic arts community”, Homer Council on the Arts, HCOA, serves the lower Kenai Peninsula offering a menu of dynamic and innovative arts programs. Named the official local arts agency by the Alaska State Council on the Arts we align with our diverse and ever-changing community needs.


The historical roots of HCOA reaches back to 1958 when advocates began to bring performing artists to rural Alaska. In 1975, loosely formed Homer area arts groups joined together to establish a formal organization to meet increasing programmatic needs. Incorporated in 1975, and achieving nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) status in 1982,
HCOA began working toward the creation of a cultural arts facility in Homer. 


HCOA is honored to continue to present performing arts with local and international talent, and provide place for deep exploration of the creative process. Join us as we engage and explore the intersection of arts and culture. 


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Board of Directors



Peggy Paver,                      Executive Director


HCOA’s Executive Director, comes to Homer from Ashland, OR. For two and a half decades she has worked as a dance educator, director, and choreographer in both public education and the non-profit sector. As Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Dancing People Company in Ashland, OR, she developed community and school residency programs that to sustain the company. Her choreography has been descried as “movement full of strength and grace…(with) an openness of spirit and sincerity of purpose that connects the audience to the performers, and to each other.” As Adjunct Professor and Master teacher, Peggy’s work has touched dancers throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Central Australia.

Peggy has dedicated her life to supporting the arts rooted in the belief that the arts are how we communicate our shared human experience, and an integral part of how we build community. She is grateful for the circumstances that have brought her to HCOA, and looks forward to expanding the possibilities for Homer’s vibrant art community!

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Chloe Pleznac,        Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Chloë was born and raised in Homer on a small organic farm. From an early age she showed a passion for music and writing, and continued to pursue those interests throughout her first 18 years of life. In 2017 Chloë was named Homer Council on the Arts “Youth Artist of the Year” for her creative endeavors, and in 2018 she was honored as “Young Woman of Distinction” for her work through Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. A recent high school graduate, Chloë looks forward to pursuing a BFA in film, and is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her love for art and the community of Homer here at HCOA.



* If you live on the Kenai Peninsula and have a bellybutton, there's no reason not to become a member of HCOA!
* Business members get shoutouts on Facebook.
* Members who purchase at least two member-price tickets in a year pay for their membership with savings.
* Membership doesn't expire in December; it runs one year from the date you sign up!
* New members receive super-cool stickers.
* If you lose your membership card, don't worry-we will remind you when it's time to renew.
* Renting the gallery space? Members get special treatment.
* Nutcracker Faire vendors who purchase a membership with a booth still pay less than non-members.
* Members happen to be our favorite people!
* Members with benefits! No-strings-attached.

Community Financial Contributions

Homer Council on the Arts appreciates the generous contributions from the families and businesses in our community!

Susan Johnson,              Treasurer

After many yearly visits, Susan finally moved to Alaska in 2014. As trong desire to remain involved in the creative world brought her here to Homer. Originally from the East Coast, Susan attended the Art Institute of Boston, then spent the next 25 years doing traditional photographic printing for professional photographers. After a career change to become an X-ray technician, and with photos changing over to digital, Susan learned how to print for herself, and continues to create. She has had 2 shows at the Homer Library and 2 shows at HCOA as well as participating in the Nutcracker Fair as an artist.

Susan was an officer on the Board of Directors of a Non Profit in
Cambridge, MA for 10 years that went on to build The Maud Morgan Art Center.This inspired her to keep being involved. She is currently the Treasurer at HCOA and is very excited and encouraged by the possibilities that the Yurt Project will bring to the community. Susan also serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Bunnell Art Center, and was recently elected President. When not volunteering, Susan works in the Imaging Department at South Peninsula Hospital.

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Gundega Snepste,              Secretary

Gundega Šnepste was born and lived most of her life in Latvia. She has a MA in architecture, however her professionalcareer has been scattered between two major economic and political crisis. She moved to Homer in 2014, and her daughter Anna attends Homer High School. Gundega is pursuing her artistic side making art quilts and experimenting with mixed media projects.During 1990-ies, Gundega witnessed the non-violent uprising called “the singing revolution” which led to collapse of the Soviet Union and independence of the Baltic States. The power of music, folklore, and art nurtured through centuries of wars, oppression,and violence have preserved the survival of the small Latvian nation. Gundega strongly believes that art and music not only enhances the quality of life, but can be a means of survival and a powerful weapon against aggression.Gundega joined HCOA board January 2016 and is happy to contribute her professional knowledge for the upcoming Mary Epperson Performing Arts Center


Caitlin Walls, 

Board Member

Caitlin Walls was born in Texas and grew up in Colorado, west of Denver. She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate studies and then moved to Boston, MA to complete her graduate degree at Emerson College. After living in Boston for four years, she moved to Utqiaġvik, AK to teach English, oral communication, and art history at Iḷisaġvik College. After four years in the arctic, Caitlin and her husband, Austin Parkhill, moved to Homer, AK, where they have resided since July 2015. Caitlin currently works in development and strategic planning, and her husband is an artist (his medium is acrylic paint). 


Melody Livingston, Board Member

Melody made Alaska home after graduating from the University of Washington in 2009. She worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist in Kodiak before moving to Homer in 2017. She currently owns and operates Wild Honey Bistro in Old Town. Melody expresses her creativity through photography, ceramics, and food. She believes that art is healing and is important to the health of our community. She is excited to be a part of the HCOA board.


Melanie Dufour, Board Member

I’ve lived in Homer since 1993 and have experienced first-hand and so appreciate what the Homer Council on the Arts can do for each of us and our community at large. I see opportunities for increased partnerships with Homer’s small businesses and non-profit organizations: promoting the value of the arts and membership to both current and potential members and working to increase participation in HCOA activities and support of programs.

Lisa Rayl, Board Member

Lisa was born and raised in Tipton Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. Her family roots go back as far as the 1850’s, yet her ancestral lineage comes from a 9th generation descendent of Pocahontas. History and understanding of the creative culture were always a focus as her father was an artist and her grandparents owned a local Antique Store. Creativity within nature’s form has developed an ongoing appreciation of how beauty and creativity enhance everyday life. Her creative pursuits are currently in Guitar, oil painting, and photography.Over the years, Lisa has had a long and varied career in the medical field. She now serves this community though SPH. She has also participated in many humanitarian causes and efforts including but not limited to Habitat for Humanity. Lisa is the mother of five. Due to the death her youngest son at a very early age, Lisa has continued to help other families who are dealing with pediatric health challenges and or the loss of a child. Her children are all a shining example of productive, strong, expressive and artistic adults. She is Nana to 3 wonderfully spirited Alaskan Grand daughters.