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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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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

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Museums Alaska Hires New Director

Della profileMuseums Alaska has hired Della Hall of Fairbanks as its new executive director. The selection was made after a statewide search process. “The Board is thrilled to welcome Della to this position,” says Molly Conley, President of Museums Alaska. “Della has been an active and engaged member of our board since 2015. She is a strong leader, a great communicator, and an excellent problem solver. Della knows the needs of our organization and has no shortage of ideas for pushing us to the next level. ”

Hall, who holds an MA in History, with a Certificate in Museums Studies from the University of Delaware and a BS in History, Technology, and Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has worked in Alaska as an archivist with the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, collections manager at the Pioneer Air Museum, curatorial assistant at the University of Alaska (UA) Museum of the North, and as a consultant at the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum. She will be responsible for providing a central office for Museums Alaska, administering two statewide grant programs, supporting Museums Alaska’s advocacy efforts, and assisting with the coordination of the annual conference held in conjunction with the Alaska Historical Society each fall.

Board member Angela Linn worked with Della at the UA Museum of the North for over two years: “Della is passionate about museums and has shown she is interested in helping to make Museums Alaska a more useful organization for a wider range of professionals. Museums Alaska is lucky to have her as our new Executive Director.”

Della follows outgoing director, Bianca Carpeneti, who leaves the position February 15. Bianca will continue her work with the Alaska Legislature and looks forward to helping out with Museums Alaska as an engaged member.

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Fellowship opportunity: Native American Fellowship

Native American Fellowship

Apply now for an 11-week, full-time, paid fellowship at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). February 10 is the deadline.

PEM seeks rising leaders in the museum field and nonprofit cultural sector for our exciting, newly Native American Fellowship Program. We are looking for graduate students and emerging cultural professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native backgrounds who are eager to develop the knowledge, skills and networks necessary to become 21st-century community and museum leaders.

Fellows work with PEM’s dynamic staff and gain access to a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum management. Weekly workshops, field trips, mentoring and in-depth engagement on museum projects support Fellows in sustaining their existing skills while cultivating their professional development needs.

Program offers stipend, housing and travel expenses. Academic credit is available upon official request.

Description of the program and all required application materials can be accessed at: http://pem.org/about/_employment/internships_fellowships/

(scroll to the bottom of the page to find the fellowships sections)

Please contact Jennifer Himmelreich (Diné), NAF Program Specialist, at jennifer_himmelreich(at)pem(dot)org or 978-542-1894 with any questions.