Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum is an anchor institution in Alaska's largest city. The Museum's mission is to connect people, expand perspectives, and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. The Museum is innovating the way it connects with the city, state and northern region, and is redefining research and scholarship to be inclusive of all Northern peoples. The Museum operates programs to train artists and researchers committed to the Museum's mission of connecting people and encouraging dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. The Museum recently launched a new initiative: SEED Lab (Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design). SEED Lab is an innovation center that blends art and public policy with design thinking and community engagement to address energy, equity and economic development challenges in Northern communities. Communities around the Circumpolar North are experiencing some of the key issues facing the globe, including climate change – more rapid than anywhere else in the world; rising coastlines, changing energy economies, immigration and migration, Indigenous rights and decolonization, and the persistence of a rural and urban divide create opportunities and pose challenges to the well-being of Northern residents. As a Northern city, Anchorage is seeking to transform these environmental, social and economic challenges into opportunities, creating solutions potentially exportable to communities around the globe.


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Facts and figures

Year Established 1968
Total Number of Staff 65
Number of Academic Staff 1
Focus Areas

Northern communities, well-being and resilience

Design thinking as a methodology for solutions based innovations

Centering the creative community at the heart of Northern innovation and identity

Fields of Study Offered Teacher training and education science (others)
Arts (broad programmes)
Audio-visual techniques and media production
Humanities (broad programmes)
Political science and civics
Manufacturing and processing (broad programmes)
Architecture and town planning