2022 – Michael Marks – Volunteer of the Year

This award went to a very familiar face in Haines—Michael Marks. According to every cultural center in Haines, Michael Marks is one of their best volunteers.

Michael gained his appreciation for arts and cultural organizations growing up in New York City. Later in life, he continued his love and support for the arts as the Cultural Arts Supervisor in Santa Clarita. When he moved to Haines, he became a cornerstone for local cultural organizations.

The Hammer Museum initiated Marks’ nomination, but all of the cultural centers and museums in Haines chimed in to sing his praises for contributions to their own organizations—from the Canal Community Players & Chilkat Center for the Arts to the Haines Sheldon Museum to the American Bald Eagle Foundation.

Michael Marks volunteers at every local organization, and he even goes the extra mile to greet the cruises at the dock and direct them to the cultural organizations in town. By all accounts, he is one of the best ambassadors for museums and cultural centers in Haines. They’re lucky to have him!