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Decolonizing Alaska, August Exhibit

August 5-31st

As the world’s attention shifts to the shrinking polar ice cap and the future of our planet, Alaska’s place in the world has moved from the fringe to the center.  Concerns about climate change and cultural survival resulting from colonization have pushed Alaska to the forefront of global conversations. Decolonizing Alaska is a multi-media visual art exhibit that explores how 30 diverse contemporary Alaskan artists grapple with these issues and present new possibilities for cultural sustainability. Artists create and express resilience and adaptation through a confluence of indigenous, global, traditional and contemporary concepts, technologies and media.


Objects of Importance, Workshop September 8th and 9th

Melissa Shaginoff is of Athabascan and Paiute descent. She grew up on the southern coast of Alaska in the small fishing town of Kenai. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. After working for a brief time in social work Melissa returned to her creative roots and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Alaska Native Cultures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She recently returned from the Sheldon Jackson Museum Native Artist Residency in Sitka, Alaska.


Inspired by the traditional Ahtna, Athabascan Kaggkaggos ts’en zuuł (Swan Wingbone/Drinking Tube) this is a workshop for ages 13 and above to work in small, intergenerational groups. This class will investigate a form of self-portraiture when considering objects that represent and protect our power in a contemporary sense. Please register here

This workshop and a similar workshop by Shaginoff at Valdez Museum is sponsored by The CIRI Foundation.

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