September 22, 2022

2022 Conference – Valdez, Alaska

This year’s theme is Transitions: Navigating Change and Moving Forward

The museum field is changing. Let’s embrace these challenges together and move forward with our communities.

Although change can be difficult to navigate, times of transition are also times of great creativity. What will our next ideas be? How will the field change in the next few years or longer? What will be our role?

Our #MA2022 conference will be held both virtually and in person in Valdez. Let’s take the opportunity to explore these ideas. Join your friends and colleagues from around the state to share solutions and inspiration, and enjoy each other’s company.

This event is also available on the Whova Mobile App.
You can interact with others on your phone in the app more conveniently wherever you go.


Stories to Tell: Museum Archives as Community Partner • 10am–11:30am

  • Heather McClain & Chloe Nielsen, Anchorage Museum

Museum Sovereignty in Alaska: Case Studies and Conversation • 3–4:30pm

  • Dawn Biddison, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center; Angela Demma, Alaska Native Heritage Center; Melissa Shaginoff, Artist & Curator; Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi, The CIRI Foundation


Introduction to iMovie and iPad Filmmaking • 9:00am–1:00pm

  • Faith Revell, Valdez Museum 

Mannequin Transitions: Sharing approaches to modifying exhibit forms • 9:00am–5:00pm

  • Sarah Owens, Interwoven Fibers, LLC; Shelly Uhlir, National Museum of the American Indian

Angel Project at the Valdez Museum


Welcome & Awards • 8:30–9am

Indigenizing the (art) Museum – Keynote • 9:00–10:00am

  • Greg Hill, National Gallery Canada


Access and Equity in the Digital Space

  • Francesca Du Brock, Anchorage Museum; Alexis Anoruk Sallee, Artist; Alyssa Quintyne, Artist

Creating a Traveling Primary Source Kit

  • Faith Revell, Valdez Museum


Administrator’s Roundtable

  • Addison Field, Alaska State Museum

Addressing Visitor Feedback to Controversial Exhibits Roundtable

  • Megan Koch, UA Museum of the North 


Diversifying Voices and Stories in Museums – Panel and Participation

  • Marie Acemah, See Stories; Greg Hill, National Gallery Canada; Lynn Walker, Kodiak History Museum


Bodies in Motion

  • Marcia Lynn, Valdez Museum

History Afloat: Ketchikan’s Old Wooden Boat Project

  • Brooke Ratzat, Erika Jayne Christian & Hayley Chambers, Ketchikan Museums

Museums Alaska Annual Meeting • 4:15-5:00pm

Stan Stephens Port Tour • 5:30-7:45pm


ViniYoga and Hot Breakfast at The Whitney • 8:00–9:30am

Museum and Cultural Organization “Speed Dating” and Professional Networking • 10:00–11:30am


Repatriation and NAGPRA in the 21st Century

  • Monica Shah, Anchorage Museum; Angela Linn, UA Museum of the North; Janet Northey, Anchorage Museum; Amanda Lancaster, Alutiiq Museum 

AMA: Book Publishing

  • Sarah Asper-Smith, ExhibitAK


Funding Opportunities – Rasmuson Foundation and IMLS

  • Monica Garcia-Itchoak, Rasmuson Foundation; Sarah Glass, IMLS

Putting Your Museum on the Map (Google Map, that is!)

  • Sarah Asper-Smith, ExhibitAK; Christine Carpenter, ExhibitAK, Aaron Suring, ExhibitAK; Sarah Harrington, Kodiak History Museum

A Reindeer in Caribou’s Clothing: Sheldon Jackson’s Boarding Schools and Structural Violence • 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Benjamin Jacuk, Alaska Native Heritage Center

Valdez Brewery Get Together/Network • 6:00-8:00pm


All Saturday tours in Valdez were canceled due to weather and a flat tire on the tour van, but the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Collections Tour proceeded as planned.

  • e-Bike tour of Old Town • 10am-12pm
  • Van Tour of Valdez • 10am-2pm
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Collections Tour • 2:30-3:30pm