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Museum Snapshot Day

Welcome to the Alaska celebration of International Museum Day! Museums and Cultural Centers across the state submitted photos on a single day: April 19, 2014. Explore this feature roll or browse the whole gallery on our Flickr site (click any image to the right).          -Ketchikan Museums children’s program “Grown on the Rock” (photo)

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Museum Snapshot Day

Alutiiq Museum:  Michael Bach works with Alutiiq Club members to record PSA in the Alutiiq language for KMXT Public Radio.

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Museum Snapshot Day

Curator of Education Jill Lipka fills a whale tooth mold for a scrimshaw education program. Kodiak Historical Society & Baranov Museum.

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Museum Snapshot Day

Two staff members working on the installation of “Behind the Lens: 6 Juneau Photographers.” Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau.

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Museum Snapshot Day

Victoria McDonald weaving a Ravenstail piece at the last Open Craft Night of the season. Ketchikan Museums.

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Museum Snapshot Day

Processing oversize archival materials into flat-file cases at Sitka National Historical Park.

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2017 Auction

Please consider donating an item (or items!) to Museums Alaska’s auction to support the Donna Matthews Professional Development Fund. The fund supports individuals attending the Museums Alaska Annual Conference. The auction will be held at the Annual Conference in Anchorage, September 28-30th. Donations are now being accepted! To donate, please fill out an online donation form, or download, print, and mail the 2017 MA Donation Form.

Deadline: August 15th

Online Auction Donation Form

2017 MA Donation Form

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Western Museums Association seeks Communications & Program Coordinator

Communications & Program Coordinator – Job Announcement

The Western Museums Association (WMA) seeks a creative individual to produce a range of communications, coordinate programs, and help plan/execute the Annual Meeting (conference). This full-time position (40 hours per week) works remotely via telecommuting, requires travel 2-3 times per year, and reports to the WMA Executive Director. As crafting new content for member communications and drafting marketing materials are critical to this position—excellent writing, communication, and design skills are required.


  • 1–2 years of marketing or communications experience
  • Photoshop and/or In Design experience
  • Telecommuting experience
  • Association and conference production experience preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in museums, free choice learning, and/or professional development preferred

Highly focused museum professionals that are self-directed, collaborative, and who have excellent time management skills are encouraged to apply. This is an exempt position with a competitive salary and generous vacation. Download the complete job description HERE.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jason B. Jones, WMA Executive Director, at proposals@westmuse.org. Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2017.

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Congratulations Round 1 AAF and CMF Awardees

Thanks to generous funding from Rasmuson Foundation, institutions across the state received awards through the Art Acquisition Fund and Collections Management Fund programs this Spring.


Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum $8,140
Alaska State Museum $3,590
American Bald Eagle Foundation $1,160
Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad $3,000
Juneau-Douglas City Museum $4,695
Sealaska Heritage Institute $3,868
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. $8,893
Sitka Historical Society, Inc. $4,100
Sitka Maritime Heritage Society $1,727


Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository $8,800
American Bald Eagle Foundation $8,000
Clausen Memorial Museum $3,470
Juneau-Douglas City Museum $4,760
Kodiak Historical Society $1,450
Sealaska Heritage Institute $15,000
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. $17,998
Valdez Museum & Historical Archive $1,650

The next round of AAF and CMF applications will open this fall. More information can be found in the grants section on our website.

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Alaska Aviation Museum seeks Executive Director

Executive Director
Alaska Aviation Museum
Museum website: www.alaskairmuseum.org
Anchorage, Alaska

Full time position, flexible schedule required for weekend and evening activities/events.
Undergraduate degree in Business Administration preferred or equivalent business experience
Experienced Manager, salary DOE

Job Description

The Alaska Aviation Museum [AAM] Executive Director is the chief executive of the Museum and is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets and external relations. The ED is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization in a fiscally sound manner. This person plays a leading role working closely with the board and staff in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives.

Other job responsibilities include providing the day-to-day direction of the organization, executing short and long range strategies and plans and taking full responsibility for all operations. The ED leads business development and marketing efforts and will be called upon to represent the Museum in fundraising, recruiting and other public efforts. The ED is expected to provide leadership to staff for consistent direction, communication and organizational alignment and visioning.

The ED is responsible for managing the maintenance of the facility and to develop strategies to optimize building use. The ED develops appropriate action, processes, and procedures to inform the Board and staff as to key decisions, meetings and information.

The ED must interact effectively with many constituencies: tourists, tour organizations, school and civic groups, local and state units of governments, funders/funding organizations, students, and other nonprofit aviation entities/associations and museums in the state of Alaska. He or she is expected to take a leadership role in monitoring public history and aviation museums to keep pace with a changing environment.

This individual must be a proactive, visible symbol of the Alaska Aviation Museum and must possess a deep passion for preserving history and an enthusiasm in particular, for the critical role of aviation in Alaska’s history.

Job Requirements – Fundraising, Teambuilding, Community Outreach

  • Increase local and regional public awareness of the Alaska Aviation Museum’s mission and programming to achieve name brand recognition and to attract people to the museum as visitors, members, volunteers and donors.
  • Connect directly to Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and rural Alaska communities to ensure the Museum reflects their needs and recognizes and values their contributions to aviation history in the state.
  • Develop new fundraising strategies to bring in additional revenue from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources, effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure the financial health of the organization.

This position requires an outstanding leader with exceptional communications, teambuilding and fundraising skills. He or she must have a strong public presence and enthusiasm for making the case for AAM to a variety of donors and partners.

This individual must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a unified vision for what the Museum can and should do. The ability to articulate a vision must be combined with the drive to achieve results.

The ideal candidate is a hands on leader and motivator committed to fostering a positive and forward thinking environment, leading by example, that is “boots on the ground”.

The ED must demonstrate an authentic passion and commitment for the mission of the AAM. This person must be creative, innovative and have the drive to achieve excellent timely results.

About Us

The Alaska Aviation Museum was opened to the public in 1988, an outgrowth of The Alaska Historical Aircraft Society founded by Ted Spencer in 1979. The core mission of the Museum is to preserve, display, educate and honor Alaska’s rich and diverse aviation history. The long term vision of the Museum is to create a world class destination which tells the story of Alaska’s impact on aviation and inspires the next generation of aviators and aviation entrepreneurs.

  • 2017 annual operating budget of $700,000
  • 15,000 annual visitors to Museum
  • 400 current memberships
  • 5000 students impacted this school year by Museum programs & activities
  • 100 minimum facility rentals annually
  • 42 vintage aircraft in collection with twelve complete restorations and six restored to flying status
  • 2500 attendees total at the four annual museum-sponsored major events
  • 2017 designated recipient of the prestigious Smithsonian Exhibit – Art of the Airport Tower

Submit resumes with cover letter

No phone calls please. Please email both director@alaskaairmuseum.org &chuckm@chazltd.com

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $75,000.00 /year

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Deadline Extended for Program Assessment RFP

The deadline has been extended for submitting proposals to assess the Collections Management Fund and Art Acquisition Fund programs, to April 14, 2017.

This program assessment is intended to identify aspects of program design,
structure, and process that can be improved. Some particular aspects of the
evaluation include the following questions:

  • Do the AAF and CMF programs have continued value to the museum
    community? Is there continued interest in the programs?
  • Do museums have the same capacity to collect that they had when the AAF
    program started 14 years ago? As an example, is there sufficient space for
    individual museums to continue to grow a contemporary collection?
  • Is the current level of funding in both programs adequate? Is it too much or
    too little?
  • What would be the impacts of changes to the granting cycle (i.e. once per
    year or once every two years)?
  • Are there any structural changes that would improve these programs?
  • Do these grants impact the Alaska contemporary art market/economy in any
    measurable way?

View the Request for Proposals

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Valdez Museum Opens Calls for Exhibit Proposals

The Valdez Museum & Historical Archive has formalized its exhibit proposal procedure, by releasing an Exhibit Proposal form. Exhibit proposals will be reviewed annually each June by a selection panel of museum staff, with a goal to finalize the museum’s exhibition schedule to planning five years in advance of exhibit production. Proposed temporary exhibitions may be related to the visual arts, regional history, environmental science, or any other topic that supports the museum’s mission to preserve, present, and interpret the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound, Alaska.

The new procedure has been implemented as a means of formalizing and standardizing the selection process for temporary exhibitions. Goldstein reports, “By planning well in advance with the exhibitors’ input, the museum will be able to budget its funding and work plan more efficiently. The form will also help to reduce any bias in the selection process by evaluating proposed exhibits in the context of the museum’s mission. This form will also provide the museum with content and cost estimates for grant-writing purposes, which is important for grants that have a longer lead time for applying.” Goldstein also expresses, “I hope that this form will also encourage artists to think about how to present their own work, and how to develop a body of work that coincides well with the museum’s programming.”

The museum’s Egan Commons gallery is a roughly 300 square-foot space accommodating a maximum of sixty linear feet of wall space, with permanent exhibitions in the adjacent Centennial Building portion of the museum. Interested exhibitors are requested to complete the Exhibit Proposal Form; questions may be submitted to Andrew Goldstein, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, at agoldstein@valdezmuseum.org, phone number (907) 835-8905.

VMHA Exhibit Proposal Form

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Request for Proposals

Art Acquisition Fund & Collections Management Fund Program Assessment

Since the establishment of the AAF program, one formal evaluation has been conducted to determine whether and to what extent the program’s objectives were being met. That evaluation, conducted in 2011, looked at several aspects of the AAF program, including, but not limited to: administration, ability of museums to store and collect art, impacts within the artist community, and ways in which collecting practices changed as a result of the AAF program. Since the CMF program began in 2013, it has not been formally evaluated. This program assessment is intended to identify aspects of program design, structure, and process that can be improved.

Click here for the full Request for Proposals
Deadline is March 31, 2017