June 02, 2015
The Urban Interventions series of Polar Lab motivates and empowers youth through creative, healthy expression. The first program in this series, Skate Art, brings New York-based skateboarder Jim Murphy to the museum. A member of the Lenni Lenape tribe, Murphy is the co-founder of Wounded Knee Skateboards and the director of the Wounded Knee Four Directions Skateparks program of the Stronghold Society, a non-profit organization working with Native and non-Native youth through skateboarding and the arts.
The museum hosts Murphy as he works with local youth to personalize skateboard decks with art inspired by Anchorage Museum and Smithsonian collections. Murphy discusses the positive impact of skateboarding at a public lecture and film screening at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Boarders and spectators are welcome to attend a skate jam at the Spenard Community Recreation Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.