The Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts was built in 1967 and designed to resemble a southeast Alaska tribal hall. The masks on the outside represent animal spirits. Many people think the building looks more like a birthday cake, which is fitting since it was built for Alaska’s 100th birthday. Some Fairbanksans also refer to the center as the Pickle Barrel. The Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts is rumored to be haunted.
The Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts houses:
- The Bear Gallery which showcases local artists and shows a different art exhibit each month. Exhibits include solo shows, group exhibits, travelling exhibits, exhibits coordinated by Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, and three juried exhibits held annually for artists living in the Interior of Alaska. Admission: Free, however, donations are accepted.
- A full production Theater with 368 seats
- A two-story Exhibit Hall with an open mezzanine that features a photo gallery of early Fairbanks, and can be rented for meetings, classes, conventions and bazaars
- The offices of the Fairbanks Arts Association (http://fairbanksarts.org/new/)
- A Conference Room