SHELTER (September 2020)

Explore ideas of shelter, refuge, seclusion, protection and sanctuary, from physical forms to narratives.



Idea, knowledge and skill sharing. Artists, designers, writers, curators and others examine connections to nature and to each other. Offerings present ideas and around mending, writing, list-making, walking, healing and the landscape.  

SHELTER Workshops

Events + Conversations


Virtual convenings about the reciprocal relationship between nature and humans in a time of transformation, and ideas of mapping, social spaces, self-sufficiency, decolonization, and our collective futures.

SHELTER Programming


Haustoria 2

Artists and designers from Alaska and the North created art in public and urban realms during Fall 2020, exploring ideas of shelter and refuge, healing and seclusion, and future-readiness. 


In Residence

Chung Mural

Thomas Chung

Thomas Chung was in residence at SEED Lab in September 2020. A University of Alaska Anchorage art instructor, Chung and his advanced painting students approached SEED Lab as an experimental painting space and created a mural on the east side of the SEED Lab building along A Street.  


Chatter Marks


Chatter Marks is a podcast of the Anchorage Museum dedicated to exploring Alaska’s identity through the creative and critical thinking of ideas—past, present and future. Hosted by Cody Liska.

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Chatter Marks is a journal of the Anchorage Museum, dedicated to creative and critical thinking about the Circumpolar North. The title Chatter Marks is inspired by a geological phenomenon—chatter marks are series of often crescent-shaped gauges chipped out of the bedrock as a glacier drags rock fragments underneath it. With North x North, we launched a digital version of the journal for continuing perspectives.

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Boreal Film Festival

The 2020 Boreal Film Festival celebrates the Northern region, the art of filmmaking and the annual North x North Festival. The Boreal Film Festival showcases films that are made in the North, are about the North, or highlight issues relevant to the past, current and future North. Directors and filmmakers discussed both place and craft and to advance cooperation and collaboration between filmmakers across the Circumpolar North.

Selected films were available on demand during the film festival. Purchase an all-access pass, which allows you to watch all films for $35. Or, select what individual films for $5 each.   

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Featured Exhibitions