ALASKA MUSEUM WEEK
When is it?
Alaska Museum Week takes place the first full week in June.
In 2021, Alaska Museum week is June 7-13.
What is it?
Alaska Museum Week is a celebration of Alaska museums. This year our museum week coincides with International Museum Week, so we're going to join museums around the world in using the same prompts and hashtags.
The purpose of Alaska Museum Week is to raise awareness of Alaska museums as centers of education, community anchors, economic engines, employers, stewards of culture and history, and more!
We encourage you to use this week in a way that works best for you, your organization, and your community.
How can I participate?
The sky is the limit! We hope you'll get creative. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Encourage your local community to participate! The more you involve your community in this process the more it can serve as a publicity and advocacy tool for your museum.
Comprehensive Hashtags: Help the community keep your news in the now by using the following hashtags when making your social media posts throughout the week
#AKmuseums #AKmuseumweek #AKmuseumsmatter
Hashtag Prompts: These are the hashtag prompts from International Museums Week for use on social media. Find ideas on how to use these prompts below:
Download International Museum Week's handout:
THEME DAYS: Schedule your posts NOW!
Monday, June 7: #OnceUponAtimeMW
Once upon a time, the first day of #MuseumWeek 2021 starts with the theme of "beginning"! Beginning of a book, beginning of a song, beginning of a story, beginning of an era...get creative, explore this theme, and share your finds!
Share anecdotes about the beginnings of theories, artistic trends or the origins of famous people! Share the first lines of books from your library or store! #AKmuseumweek
Other Related Hashtags: #incipit #beginning #birth #origin #root #prelude #start #flying #first #initial
Tuesday, June 8: #BehindTheScenesMW
Ah, backstage! Without the backstage, there is no show! Exploring the hidden treasures as if you had the privileged access, that's a nice theme for this second day of the #MuseumWeek!
Let the public discover the daily life of your institutions, your backstage and maybe some well-kept secrets! If your museum is or has been closed, now is the time to tell how life goes on your side!
Other Related Hashtags: #secret #decor #confidential #preparation #behindthescenes
Wednesday, June 9: #ChildrensEyesMW
It's Wednesday, the children's day!
Tell your museum's story through children's eyes! Ask local children to describe their favorite thing in your museums. Ask fans to describe the their favorite childhood memories of visiting your museum.
Have a day where you answer chidren's questions about your collection. Ask for questions in advance and then answer them on Wednesday.
Other Related Hashtags: #childhood #questions #surprise #delight #memories
Thursday, June 10: #EurekaMW
A tribute to inventors and inventions of all kinds on this fourth day of #MuseumWeek with the nod to those who love to exclaim "I've figured it out!”.
Art, science and history are bursting with inventors, techniques and discoveries that have changed or revolutionized the world . Let the public discover them!
Other Related Hashtags: #solution #DIY #discovery #invention #success #tricks #FoundIt
Friday, June 11: #CaptionThisMW
A Friday is dedicated to play, interaction and creativity between the museums and their online audiences!
Challenge your followers with content from your museum: "What would you have called this painting? ", "Give this intriguing scientific image a title!", "What is the name of this symphony?
Other Related Hashtags: #legend #imagination #title #name #captions #contest
Saturday, June 12: #ArtIsEverywhereMW
Art, design, beauty, and poetry are to be found everywhere for those who are willing to look closely! Who hasn't been cloud spotting, finding familiar shapes, be it in a cloud, a tree branch or a puddle of water? Today, let's approach it as an investigation, take a snapshot or record a video, and share!
By showcasing design views of the building's interior or exterior, its architecture, or simply finding beauty and art where none was necessarily intended, museum community managers will showcase creativity and give a different look at their cultural venue!
Other Related Hashtags: #gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms
Sunday, June 13: #WordsForTheFutureMW
Leave a note, a photo, a video, a statement for future generations.
This is an opportunity to publish messages for future visitors! You can talk about a future project your museum will be undertaking, your museums' hopes for the future, future finds in your museum's field of expertise. You can also printout feedback forms to be filled by your visitors—what they want to see in the future.
Other Related Hashtags: #future #musings #inspiration #WordsForTheFuture, #ForTheFuture, #MemoryOfTheFuture, #TheWorldAfter, #ForFutureGenerations, #MessageInABottle
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