Creative North

Polar Lab connects the contemporary and future North through active investigation and dialogue.



Forty years after hip-hop culture was born in the South Bronx district of New York City, its foundational creative forms, or “four elements,” are taking on new life with indigenous artists of the Circumpolar North.

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SEED Lab: Solutions for Energy and Equity Through Design

Art and public policy blend in a new initiative to address Anchorage's energy, equity and economic development challenges.


Urban Harvest

Learn traditional skills, along with their history and modern contexts, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader.


Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattingly creates “living sculptures” that function as an ecosystem.

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TERRA Installation

Using off-the-shelf technology to deliver content is a new strategy for the museum. This project serves as an entry point for conversation, meditation, exploration, education and awareness of the Arctic.


Material Traditions Jerome Saclamana, Levi Tetpon, and Clifford Apatiki


Derek Coté

Derek Coté is interested in the Arctic’s historical, global reputation as a cold, desolate and unfavorable place––in contrast to the currently developing vision of the Arctic as a rich, textured and valuable environment that is being accessed at an increasing rate due to receding ice floes and resource scarcity.

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