2016 CHAMP

Please see the CHAMP agenda for Museums Alaska linked here. The CHAMP registration link is open, please register now.

Gov Awards banner 2016

Don’t forget: tickets for the 2016 Governor’s Awards VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony tickets can be purchased at:http://bit.ly/GovernorsAwardsVIP2016. Enjoy a special opportunity to meet this year’s awardees at the VIP Reception at the KTOO studios @360, then move to the Governor’s Awards ceremony across the street at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Ticket price includes admission to the VIP reception and admission to the public reception and awards ceremony.

Please stay tuned as other relevant information will be added as it becomes available. Below, read on for more information of the history of Museums Alaska’s advocacy work.



Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums (C.H.A.M.P.) 

Juneau Fly-In, January 27-29, 2016

by Jane Lindsey

Museums and Cultural Centers are anchor institutions in Alaskan communities of every size. They educate children and adults and contribute to sense of place and identity through history, art, culture, and our natural environment. They contribute to our economy and well-being through employment and cultural tourism, and care for public trust collections.

This January 27-29, 2016, Museums Alaska will join CHAMP partners Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Alaska Historical Society to meet with legislators in Juneau about the importance of the work we do. A fitting culmination of our Fly-In activities, the Governors Arts Awards are schedule for January 28, 2016 https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/.

In 2014 a McDowell Group survey for the Foraker Group demonstrated critical infrastructure needs for Alaska’s cultural institutions that care for and exhibit our Alaskan collections. Of the 36 museums contacted, 27, or 75% identified significant capital improvement needs within the next five years. The top four priorities are exhibition space expansion or improvement; increase in facility size; collections storage expansion; and security improvements. Museums Alaska will visit legislators to advance legislation sponsored by Representative Bob Herron of Bethel (HB52) with companion legislation introduced by Senator Gary Stevens, Kodiak (SB61). This legislation establishes a grant program for museum construction, expansion, and major renovation projects. Realizing that we must be fiscally responsible as the state enters budget deficits, this enabling legislation allows Museum’s to begin planning projects, cultivate financial partnership, and look to future grant program funding as it becomes available. Simply put, we must continue to work together to responsibly care for our collections while planning for a healthy future for the institutions that house them. More information on Museums Alaska’s ongoing initiative can be found at http://museumsalaska.org/advocacy-materials/

Museums Alaska is a statewide association of Alaska’s museum professionals and volunteers whose mission is to provide opportunities for improvement of museum and culture center services in Alaska and to enhance public understanding of the purposes and functions of Alaska’s museums and culture centers. For more information on Museums Alaska and Fly-In activities contact www.museumsalaska.org or Jane.Lindsey@juneau.org.