By Sean Manget
The funding for these programs comes thanks to a provision within the No Child Left Behind Act. Though securing this funding can be a challenge, Alvarez is confident Congress will continue to see its value to Alaska Natives and the community.
Alvarez has also acted in a number of theatrical productions, including the starring role in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and Che in "Evita."
He performs as a percussionist with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and a slew of other musical groups, including local band Medicine Dream.
Most recently, he starred in "Dancing in Pursuit of Dreams," a musical production that fuses contemporary music with music and dance from various Native cultures, in addition to western influences.
Below: "Steven Alvarez, director of strategic initiatives and media production at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, poses for a photo inside the center." (Michael Dinneen/For the Journal)