Along with Ketchikan's reknowned status as the "salmon capital of the world," the town bears the perhaps lesser-known title of one of America's "100 best art small towns." Sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, programs and events take place year-round, providing cultural experiences for anyone fortunate enough to participate.

The Torch Light Performing Art Series is one of these offerings, with an eclectic mix of opportunities for the artistically-inclined or appreciative. Go to a Wearable Art Show or, in April of 2007, attend a rock concert without drums, bass guitars, or earplugs when the band  Ball in the House performs.

The First City Players is a community theatre organization, deriving its name from Ketchikan's status as the first destination on the coastal Inside Passage waterway. Musical theatre, children's theatre, and melodrama are all part of the First City Players' repertoire. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet presents three major performances a year as well as taking part in other community art events. KAAHC is currently in the process of raising funds to transform Ketchikan's historic White Cliff School into a multi-generational community-art center.