First Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art, talks, food and more on First Friday. Tonight: Watch selections of the Magnetic North series, engage with participants of Eyes Closed project, and enjoy a performance by Inupiaq Traditional Dancers. Kat Moore of The Forest That Never Sleeps plays original music in the elevator. Free museum general admission from 6 to 9 p.m.
Piano Music in Muse
5 to 9 p.m.
Listen to sounds of Dan McElrath.
Close-Up: Earthquake Letters
6 to 6:30 p.m., Atwood Resource Center
Look at letters about the 1964 earthquake pulled from museum archives. Read these poignant correspondences, engage in facilitated discussion and write a 2018 earthquake postcard which the Anchorage Museum will mail. Free. Space is limited, registration advised: bit.ly/CU64quakeletters
Eyes Closed Project Celebration
6 to 7 p.m., Atrium
The Eyes Closed project is organized by Keys to Life, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering, creating and strengthening an inclusive community through rich arts and cross-cultural experiences. It is the result of children sharing their dreams and hopes for themselves, their families and their communities. This celebration includes a short documentary, a slide presentation, scavenger hunt and prizes. Eyes Closed Project maps for all panels located on the Anchorage Museum campus can be downloaded at www.keystolifealaska.com.
Scientist Spotlight: Earthquake Science Q&A
6 to 8 p.m., Discovery Center
Join Geotechnical Engineer Buzz Scher for informal Q&A. Drop by with your questions about the science behind earthquakes and their effects.
6 to 9 p.m., Spark!Lab
Open-house style event and tour. Learn about the Anchorage Climate Action Plan and share your feedback on proposed recommendations. Chat with the Anchorage Climate Action Plan team and share your ideas about reducing energy costs, improving public health and building community resilience. Check out maps and photos from the museum’s archives and discuss land use patterns and climate impacts. Meet for tour at 7 p.m. in Spark!Lab. If you have any questions, please email ClimateActionPlan@anchorageak.gov. The Anchorage Climate Action Plan, a collaboration between the Municipality of Anchorage and UAA, is an open forum and welcomes community input on strategies to reduce our contributions to climate change and build resilience to climate impacts. To learn more, visit www.muni.org/ClimateActionPlan.
Film and Discussion: Magnetic North
6:30 p.m., Auditorium
Join the Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage International Film Festival and filmmaker Marla Williams to see a selection from the new Magnetic North series. Magnetic North is a documentary film project produced by Alaska Humanities Forum in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation. The series explores the personality and character of six Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped Alaska’s history, spirit and values. Collectively, they challenge preconceived notions of the Last Frontier, promote a richer understanding of its distinct identity, and speak to our shared experience of life in contemporary Alaska. Film director Marla Williams hosts a discussion on her filmmaking processes and experiences with these magnetic subjects.
Unbound: Poetry On Demand #anchoragemuseumquakepoems
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, "Songs of the River" exhibition, east wing, Level 1
Share your earthquake experience in a single word or phrase with poets who’ll turn it into a poem on the spot. If you can’t attend Friday, receive a poem by tweeting your word or phrase on Twitter with the hashtags #anchoragemuseumquakepoems and #poetresponder. Poets from across Alaska and beyond will respond with a poem. Or, tweet your own poem to #anchoragemuseumquakepoems. Poems will be collected and compiled by the Anchorage Museum to be preserved in the museum archives. A Spanish-language poet will be available on Friday night.
Housing Design Challenge Reveal: COMP/act/ Competition
7 to 9 p.m. Atrium
Come see possible solutions to our Anchorage housing challenge. COMP/act/ brings together builders, architects and residents together to form teams and compete in a design challenge that addresses opportunities in a new housing typology for middle income residents that promotes modern workforce needs, community connectivity, wellbeing, northern architectural identity and a lifestyle for urban Alaska. Teams will present their designs; a jury of industry professionals will select the top six winners to advance to the final round and an award reception will take place. This program is presented in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum, AEDC, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Fairview Community Council, Municipality of Anchorage and is made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation.
Performance: Inupiaq Traditional Dancers
7:30 p.m., Level 4
Traditional Inupiaq music and dance performance.