Museums and Indigenous Communities: Inclusivity through Collaboration

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 10:15 am
  • Pavilion C


Dawn Biddison, Museum Specialist, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum
Angela Demma, von der Hedyt Museum Interpretation Specialist, Anchorage Museum
S. Hollis Mickey, Director of Learning and Engagement, Anchorage Museum
Melissa Shaginoff, Curator of Contemporary Indigenous Art and Culture, Anchorage Museum


Monica Shah, Director of Collections & Chief Conservator, Anchorage Museum


  • Community Engagement, Indigenous
Inclusive museum programming can only result from collaborative planning and integrating a diversity of voices. This session will present detailed descriptions of projects initiated by museums in partnership with Alaska Native community organizations and artists. Presenters will share strategies to encourage others in the field to plan, implement, and review interactions with their own diverse communities. A collaborator involved with three of the endeavors will present the indigenous artist and community perspective.