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National Endowment for the Arts awards Anchorage Museum $25,000 for “At the Edges: Curated Conversations” exhibition


Artists Jessie Kleemann, Charlene Teters and Nicholas Galanin discuss the commodification of culture at a Curated Conversations program at the Anchorage Museum.

Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded the Anchorage Museum a $25,000 grant to support the “At the Edges: Curated Conversations” exhibition, opening September 2016. The museum’s award is part of the $82 million in awards recently announced by NEA.

This particular award in the NEA’s Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Anchorage Museum offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

This exhibition is part of the Curated Conversations program of the Anchorage Museum, which hosts and documents a number of discussions relevant to northern people and places. These cross-disciplinary, multiplatform conversations pair artists, leaders and scientists to address common misperceptions in and outside the North and foster critical commentary about these issues. Past conversations have included food security and language and have traveled to Norway and Iceland as part of international conferences Arctic Frontiers and Arctic Circle Assembly, respectively. Says Anchorage Museum Director Julie Decker, “These conversations are important to understand the complexity of the Arctic and move beyond stereotypes and myths. The museum is grateful for NEA’s support.”

“At the Edges: Arctic Conversations,” on view Sept. 30, 2016 through Feb. 12, 2017, at the Anchorage Museum, features work by more than a dozen Indigenous artists from Alaska and around the world. Included with the exhibition will be interactive places for continuing conversations around contemporary Indigenous and Arctic issues. Conversations can be spontaneous, among museum visitors, or will be formal public programs that occur in and outside the museum.


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