Museums Alaska: 2024 Conference

September 25-27 | Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks

Theme: Building Community
Partner: Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center

Keynote speaker

Keynote Lisa Sasaki

Deputy Under Secretary for Special Projects, Smithsonian Institution

Lisa Sasaki is currently the deputy under secretary for special projects, where she provides leadership to the Institution as it plays a key role in America’s semiquincentennial celebration and in efforts that cut across organizational lines to maximize the Smithsonian’s impact, not only in Washington, DC, but also online and in communities across the country.

Previously, Sasaki was appointed the interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum in March 2021 and served in that role until 2023. She also served as the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Sasaki has worked in the museum field for more than 25 years for organizations like the Oakland Museum of California, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. 

She has  provided further service to the field as President of the Western Museums Association’s Board of Directors and as a member of AAM’s Facing Change working group, the Center for the Future of Museum’s Horizon Initiative steering committee, and the Advisory Council for the Council of Jewish American Museums.

Conference Outcomes

Forge connections with peers, share successes, and tackle challenges together. This biennial event leaves museum professionals feeling inspired. 

Expand Your Impact

Gain insights, strategies, and practical wisdom for elevating your museum or cultural center’s influence.

Find Your Community

Create collaborations and connections that can assist in your personal and professional goals.

Experience Hands-On Learning

Participate in hands-on workshops designed to turn inspiration into actionable strategies. Leave with the tools you need to grow, learn, and make a difference.


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Attend the Museums Alaska Conference to propel the mission and vision of your museum.

Ignite inspiration, foster collaborations, and leave equipped to make a lasting impact on your museum and community.

Our Sponsors

Rasmuson Foundation logo - The name of the foundation underneath a white winding road or river disappearing into a mountain range.
Rasmuson Foundation
Usibelli Coal Mine logo - An image of the state of Alaska is filled in with a mid-blue color. On top of the image are the letters UCM in yellow. The U and C are only thickly outlined letters, so the image of the state shows through. The "M" is not on top of the image of the state (it is to the right), so it is solid yellow and thinly outlined in blue.
Usibelli Foundation
The Alaska Community Foundation Logo - five figures of people with their hands raised in the formation of a star. The people are red. Next to the star is the unevenly stacked name of the foundation in serif font. "The" is on one line. "Alaska Community" is on the next line and starts several spaces further to the left than the word "The". "Foundation is on the third line and starts a few spaces to the right of the word "The".
The Alaska Community Foundation
Alaska Airlines logo. The word Alaska in a large stylized italic font with the copyright symbol next to it. The word Airlines is in a sans serif, all caps, very widely spaced font centered underneath to span almost the whole word "Alaska".
Alaska Airlines
The Corvus Design logo. A back and white illustration of a raven's head is inside a teal blue ring with the URL of the organization typed inside the ring in white. The name of the company, "Corvus Design" is to the right of the raven in the ring, with the C from the word Corvus slightly overlapping the ring. Underneath the entire design are the words "Landscape Architecture • Planning • Industrial Design"
Corvus Design
Northwind Architects logo - The words Northwind Architects is in an all caps, san serif font in between two lines meant to look like lines on a blueprint. The word Northwind is in blueprint blue (adark, mid-blue) and the word Architects is in blueprint grey (a light, cool grey).
Northwind Architects

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We look forward to welcoming you as a valued supporter of Alaska's cultural sector.