December 18, 2015
Foundations support the Anchorage Museum’s collaboration with Indigenous artists to share Northern perspectives
The museum is pleased to partner with the Surdna Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program to develop programs with Indigenous and other community curators that consider rich cultural perspectives and the distinct qualities of Alaska’s place in the world.
Our collaborations with artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Holly Nordlum, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Drew Michael, Allison Warden, Nicholas Galanin and others explore place names, mapping, historical and contemporary tattoo traditions, urban and rural issues, and gathering spaces. These efforts will culminate in exhibitions, publications, and programs at the museum and in communities throughout Alaska and across the globe. Joining us in these endeavors are museums in Russia, Finland, Canada and Norway.
We are bringing artists and scientists together for research projects. We are giving emerging Indigenous artists from around the state access to the museum’s collection and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center to pursue interests and be inspired.
Thanks to these special grant programs, we’re studying materials unique to our Northern environment. We’re exploring urban adaptations of cultural traditions. We’re creating a sense of a shared place, a strong community, and an empowered future.