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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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Letter Regarding 2018 Grants

Dear Alaska Museum Colleagues:

For the past thirteen years, Museums Alaska has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, including the oversight of two successful and very necessary grant programs: the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund (AAF) and the Collections Management Fund (CMF). Many of you have applied for funding through these programs, adding to your permanent collections and bolstering your collections care activities using the monies awarded.

In 2018, the process by which Museums Alaska receives funding for the AAF and CMF will be changing. The new process will require Museums Alaska to apply for a Tier II multi-year grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. This change will be a positive one because it will enable Museum Alaska to more actively solicit feedback from the Alaskan museum community and represent those needs in the process of applying for funding.

Earlier this year, the Rasmuson Foundation and Museums Alaska hired a contractor to evaluate the Art Acquisition Fund and Collections Management Fund programs. The goal of this evaluation, which is still underway, is to better understand the needs of those museums and artists that benefit from these grant programs and how the programs can be improved. The resulting report will help shape how Museums Alaska approaches these grant programs in 2018. The report will be completed later this fall.

The transition period for Museums Alaska to move towards submitting a Tier II grant will take time. Prior to submitting our first Tier II grant application to fund these grant programs, Museums Alaska will take time to review the 2017 AAF and CMF evaluation in order to make valuable changes to the program. Therefore, Museums Alaska will be unable to solicit applications for AAF or CMF grant programs in the spring of 2018. We anticipate submitting our Tier II grant application to Rasmuson early next year and expect to have funding in place for these programs in time to take applications for both programs in fall 2018.

Museums Alaska and the Rasmuson Foundation have every intention of continuing to partner in support of museums and cultural centers in the state. We plan to continue to offer financial assistance with art acquisitions and collections care needs and potentially other needs as a result of this newly restructured partnership. We look forward to working with you and becoming more acquainted with your organization’s goals and ambitions as part of this process.

Museums Alaska Board of Directors

Letter Regarding 2018 Grants (PDF)

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Museums Alaska 2017 Board of Directors Voting Open

Dear Museums Alaska members,

This is your official announcement of Museums Alaska’s Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:30pm in Anchorage, Alaska. At the meeting we will announce the winners of the election of four open seats on our Board of Directors. Below is a link to your electronic ballot. Vote for no more than four (4) candidates. Please select the box next to the candidates for whom you wish to vote. Please also review the proposed Bylaws revisions posted at https://museumsalaska.org/about, and submit your vote whether or not you agree with the changes proposed.

1. Only one ballot per current membership will be counted. If you have both an individual membership and are the voting representative for an institutional membership, you may submit a ballot for each membership.
2. You may vote electronically Tuesday, August 29 through Sunday, September 24, 2017.
4. Newly elected board members will be announced, and bylaws changes adopted, at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The deadline for voting is Sunday, September 24, 2017. Thank you for voting!


If you encounter any problems, please contact Della.

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Grants Survey

Dear Alaska Museum Colleagues:

Museums Alaska, with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation, is conducting an assessment of the Art Acquisition Fund (AAF) and the Collections Management Fund (CMF). Both of these grant programs have been underwritten by the Rasmuson Foundation and have provided unique opportunities for financial support for the acquiring of art from Alaskan artists, and for the support of enhancing collection care and management within Alaskan museums. The goal of this assessment is to gather information that will inform ways to improve or enhance these two important programs. As members of the Alaskan museum community your voice is key to ensuring that the best recommendations emerge from this assessment.

Gail Anderson & Associates is honored to facilitate this assessment on behalf of Museums Alaska and the Rasmuson Foundation. The attached survey should take between 10-to-15 minutes complete. We recommend that you complete the survey in one sitting to ensure that your responses will be included in the final tally. Even though several staff members, Board members or volunteers from the same institution may receive this email, we urge each of you to complete the survey. Surveys need to be completed by 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 5. All responses are treated confidentially.

We look forward to reviewing your feedback. Thank you on behalf of Museums Alaska, the Rasmuson Foundation, and Gail Anderson & Associates for completing this important survey.

Museums Alaska Grant Programs Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WMDFCVD

Respectfully yours,
Gail Anderson

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2017 Museums Alaska Board Nominations

Museums Alaska is seeking to fill four open seats on the Board of Directors at the September Annual Meeting in Anchorage. Terms run from 2017-2020.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 24, 2017.

A Museums Alaska board member can serve two 3-years terms; must be a member in good standing; receives no compensation; must attend the annual meeting and three quarterly teleconferences; serves on one or more committees; and works to effectively promote Museums Alaska to the membership and other agencies and organizations.

The procedure for submitting nominations is as follows: a member may nominate another person with that person’s consent, or a member may self-nominate. All nominations must be accompanied by a 100-word biography narrative statement with one to two sentences about why he/she wants to serve on the Board. All nomination materials below should be emailed to the contact address below.

The call for nominations will be open from Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 24. A slate of candidates will be sent to you by email by August 29, and voting by electronic ballot will take place from August 29—September 24, 2017. (No paper ballots will be available at the Annual Conference!) Newly elected board members will be announced at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting.

Send nominations to: director@museumsalaska.org

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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.