Lisa Nilsen on the beach with dogs

Arts and Culture Programming: Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson was born in Petersburg, Alaska, and raised in the neighboring Tlingit village, Kake.  Her parents infused her formative years with puppet shows, all forms of art, music, and service.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Education, K-8.  She completed her student teaching and graduated from the University of Alaska, Southeast in 1996, just as her first son turned one.  Four more children followed in the next 7 years. 

Focusing on her young family, Lisa’s work life followed her children.  She owned a licensed 12-space daycare while they were preschoolers, and managed licensed school-age programs for school districts and recreation facilities during their school-age years.  As her children moved through junior and high school, she owned two retail shops (Skate of Gear, a roller-skate shop, and Love & Matter, a floral, gift, and learning studio).  Her children often worked for her or skated in the junior roller derby league she coached.

She has also served as the Fire Chief of the Tenakee Volunteer Fire Department, owned a live-crab exporting company, and a residential cleaning business, and held a commercial lines insurance license.  Her expertise is in developing, coordinating, and teaching recreation, art, and cultural programs for children, youth, and adults.

Her children all grown, and Lisa made the choice to “head west”, as soon as she arrived on this island, she felt she was home.  She finds everything she loves thrives here, the family dogs, her living cultures (kefir, kombucha, kraut), and her growing plant collection.

Children performing in a play

Missoula Children's Theatre:

The City of Unalaska has been hosting the Missoula Children’s Theatre for over 10 years! Each year the MCT sends two of their best directors to lead a play with the Unalaska community children and teens.

Children performing in a play

MCT strives to reach out to youth from all backgrounds and communities in an effort to develop life skills through participation in performing arts. Every year we host a different play for the community and there are many ways to be involved.  It is always a blast and always something to look forward to!