Curator of Indigenous Art & Culture - Anchorage Museum

Company Name: 

Anchorage Museum Association

Address: 

625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact Name: 

Ann Kjera

Phone: 

907-929-9217

Email: 

akjera@anchoragemuseum.org

Job Description: 

The Anchorage Museum connects people, expands perspectives, and encourages global dialog about the North and its distinct environment. Exploring the intersection of art, history and science, the Anchorage Museum shares multiple perspectives and experiences that tell a greater story.

For a full job description and to apply, go to www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/employment.  
 

The Anchorage Museum is seeking an experienced, detail oriented team player with a specific interest in indigenous art to fill the position of Curator of Contemporary Indigenous Art and Culture. This is a 3 year grant-funded term position focusing on Alaska’s living cultures and indigenous art. This position is tasked with developing a model of community curation through programming and curatorial content. This position will strengthen connections between the Museum, Alaska Native communities, and regional, national and international indigenous artists and organizations, through engagement and outreach. This position works as a member of an integrated team of curators, content providers, exhibition technicians, and others.

 

Position Duties:

  • Work closely with Museum staff, university faculty, students, artists, and a wide array of community partners, from local to outside the state.
  • Promote a new model of community curation through public programming and outreach.
  • Develop and organize temporary exhibitions, special projects, traveling exhibitions, and publications.
  • Develop collection-based educational and public programming.
  • Develop programs and research, and promote education across the arts to encourage the development of a community of artists, scholarship publications and creative presentations.
  • Interpret Museum’s resources for the public.
  • Participate in the development of the Museum collection in the area of contemporary indigenous art.
  • Community collaboration, including with the indigenous communities of Alaska.
  • Write and speak about indigenous art, including at national conferences and gatherings.
  • Work closely with other museums to develop and implement a wide range of interpretive programs and materials, including working with the National Museum of the American Indian on professional development opportunities.
  • Explore the leading edge of curatorial practice, community curation and public engagement.
  • Work to guide and implement programs that engage, strengthen and inspire.
  • Develop and deliver programs exploring content, connecting people and sharing ideas.
  • Develop content that enables the museum to become a focal point of community life in the North.
  • Lead the Museum forward in a way that prioritizes community participation and inclusive interactive programming.
  • Learn and understand the strategic mission, priorities and annual programmatic goals and works with Senior Leadership in developing messaging and overarching goals for programs, including curatorial connections.
  • Serve as a key content writer.
  • Organize lectures, conversations, gatherings, performances and other events that further the content, mission and messages and that strengthen scholarship and community outreach.
  • Serve as a member of the curatorial team for exhibition development—contribute to the research, development and presentation of new exhibitions and projects that interpret contemporary culture and respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media and changing contexts.
  • Advance the activities of Polar Lab and other Museum initiatives.
  • Work with staff to ensure that the Museum programs are timely, topical, and address important issues of Alaska and the North’s past, present and future.
  • Represent the Museum at community meetings, events, and online, with a goal to inspire increased active participation in Museum programs and to strengthen community.
  • Continually work to build relationships with community partners.
  • Coordinate project teams, artists, volunteers, interns, content experts and others as needed.
  • Develop collaborations with local, statewide and national university faculty and academic departments to foster the use of Museum distinctive collections and intellectual content.
  • Raise awareness, engage new audiences and encourage the scholarly use of the Museum’s holdings in archives and in the collection.
  • Build relationships that will engage Native elders and emerging artists in the selection and interpretation of prospective collections for loans.

     

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of Alaska Native cultures and indigenous cultures of the Circumpolar North.
  • Excellent communication skills, spoken and written.
  • Knowledge of programmatic development process.
  • Ability to be innovative, team-oriented and highly motivated.
  • Able to work with a variety of individuals and agencies.
  • Must be able to work independently and organize time efficiently to meet deadlines.
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and abilities
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and projects with changing priorities as required.
  • Strong organizational skills and able to set and carry out short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in mind.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment.
  • Must possess the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited. standardization exists.
  • Must have the initiative to undertake and complete tasks and projects as they arise.

    Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five or more years of professional experience and substantial experience and track record in a programmatic or other closely related position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, as a community curator, contemporary artist or community organizer working in arts and culture.
  • Experience with publications preferred.

     

     

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, please log on to our website to review the complete job description. Interested parties may complete an employment application and submit it along with a resume and cover letter via email, fax or mail. Please note we are unable to accept resumes in place of an employment application.
 

LOCATION:
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Attn: Human Resources
625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 929-9200 tel
(907) 929-9216 fax
www.anchoragemuseum.org

The AMA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex or marital status or who is a 'qualified individual with a disability,' as that phrase is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. AMA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status or physical or mental disability.