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Organization name: anchorage museum

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CH-50344-07Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsAnchorage MuseumEndowment for Professional Conservator at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art6/1/2004 - 7/31/2011$300,000.00PatriciaB.Wolf   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2006AnthropologyChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs03000000300000

Endowment to support a full-time conservator.

The Anchorage Museum Foundation requests a $300,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be matched 3:1. The Challenge Grant and its match total $1.2 million, augmenting an existing endowed conservation fund of $500,000. The earnings from this fund will underwrite a full-time conservator in perpetuity thereby providing the financial stability to ensure the long-term impact of the position. A professional conservator will work as part of an interdisciplinary curatorial team to interpret and care for our collection, ensuring that irreplaceable items are available for the education, scholarship, advancement and enrichment of generations of museum visitors.

CLI-293579-24Challenge Programs: Climate Smart Humanities OrganizationsAnchorage MuseumAnchorage Museum Sustainability Strategic Plan3/1/2024 - 2/28/2026$100,000.00Erin MarbargerBrooke WoodAnchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2023Arts, OtherClimate Smart Humanities OrganizationsChallenge Programs0100000065000

Comprehensive energy and carbon audits and consultant costs associated with development of a climate smart sustainability plan for the Anchorage Museum located in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Anchorage Museum Climate and Sustainability Working Group will create and implement a sustainability plan for the organization. The process to create the sustainability plan will include a review of the Museum's existing energy audit, undertaking a carbon audit, and working with national and international consultants who are sustainability experts in the cultural sector. The sustainability plan will be integrated into the Museum's existing strategic framework and long-term capital plan, providing clear goal and benchmarks and outlining actions and a timeline to achieve sustainability goals. The project will also include opportunities to share the process and findings with statewide cultural organizations, partners, and the general public so that we can work collectively toward a sustainable future in the North.

GI-50674-14Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsAnchorage MuseumArctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage Exhibition4/1/2014 - 12/31/2015$75,000.00JulieMichelleDecker   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2014History, GeneralAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs40000350004000035000

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on James Cook's Third Voyage (1776-80), focusing on his travels around the Northwest coast and his attempt to find the Northwest Passage.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society and Cook Inlet Historical Society, will fabricate, and present a 7,500-square-foot exhibition on James Cook's Third Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, titled "Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage." The exhibition will open March 27, 2015 in Anchorage and run until September 11, at which time it will travel to the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma. The exhibition will be part of the Municipality of Anchorage's Centennial Celebration. Although Cook spent time in southern seas en route to America, the prime focus of the exhibition will be the Northwest Coast, mainland Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Sea, Siberia, Kamchatka, and the Arctic Ocean.

GM-25135-94Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsAnchorage MuseumYup'ik Eskimo Masks1/1/1994 - 12/31/1994$51,065.00Ann Fienup-Riordan   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA1993AnthropologyHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs510650510650

To support planning for a traveling exhibition, a publication, and programs on Yup'ik Eskimo masks.

GM-25296-95Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsAnchorage MuseumThe Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks1/1/1995 - 12/31/1996$300,000.00Ann Fienup-Riordan   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA1995AnthropologyHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs30000003000000

To support a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on the meaning of Yup'ik Eskimo masks and masked dance ceremonies.

GM-50256-04Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsAnchorage MuseumAlaska's Built Environment: The Enduring Impact of World War II Quonset Huts9/1/2004 - 12/31/2005$206,400.00ChristopherM.Chiei   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2004ArchitectureHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs20640002064000

Implementation of an exhibition, publication, and website interpreting the impact of Quonset huts on the built environment and culture of post-World War II Alaska.

GM-50398-05Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsAnchorage MuseumPlanning for a New Alaska Gallery6/1/2005 - 10/31/2006$40,000.00MarilynR.Knapp   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2005History, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for a reinstallation of the museum's galleries that deal with Alaska history, with a special focus on the relationship between the people and the geographic place.

HC-274971-20Digital Humanities: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)Anchorage MuseumIncreasing Digital Access to the North6/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$300,000.00JulieMichelleDecker   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)Digital Humanities30000003000000

Retention of three full-time positions and support for seven staff to digitize collections and publish online exhibitions and educational resources. 

A digital access project to make more available our collection of historical images, artworks and objects of material culture, as well as special collections, such as our sound ecology recordings, artist research, manuscripts, maps and other materials, and rapidly expanding digital collections. We will expand the ways we provide access to help a diverse public find and use the materials relevant to them and use the digital resources to create resources for teachers and students, to create virtual tours and exhibitions, to create catalogues and to create expanded digital archives.

PG-51831-13Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAnchorage Museum at Rasmuson CenterAnchorage Museum Moving Image and Audio Preservation Project1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014$5,850.00SaraJ.Piasecki   Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson CenterAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2012U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5850058500

The hiring of two consultants to assess the condition of a moving-image collection and the archival rehousing of 48,000 feet of films in 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm formats; reels of videotape; inspection of 1/4" reel-to-reel, cassette, and Stereo 8 audio formats; and preparation of a preservation plan for these materials. The films date from the 1930s through 1970s and document aspects of Alaskan history. Among these films are the most complete 35mm print of "The Chechahcos," a 1924 silent film which was the first feature filmed entirely on location in Alaska; "People of the Tundra" and "Eskimo Guardsmen," both depicting Eskimo life and culture during World War Two"; "Alaska: 49th State"; and from the early 1990s: "Laurence of Alaska" and "Spell of the Yukon." The project would identify and stabilize fragile acetate motion picture film formats for long-term preservation; collect information about intellectual content of those materials to provide to researchers; inspect the audio formats in select collections; investigate other audio and video formats currently held by the Alaska Resource Center; and prepare a long-term preservation plan for all audiovisual materials in the collections.

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center's Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center seeks funding for a project to complete condition assessment and archival rehousing of moving image films, inspect 1/4" and cassette audio formats, and prepare a preservation plan for those materials. The moving images come from multiple collections and all document the history of Alaska. Films date from circa 1930s through 1970s, and depict a variety of activities and events in Alaskan history, including Alaska Native arts and culture, construction of the Alaska Highway, and life in rural Alaska. Many of the films were not commercially produced and are unique or rare prints. Audio materials include recordings of Alaska Native stories and songs and interviews with Alaska pioneers and Alaskan artists. These unique primary sources provide irreplaceable views of rural life, Alaska Native culture, and societal changes from territorial days through Alaskan statehood.

RZ-271321-20Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchAnchorage MuseumAlaska Is: A Collaborative History of Alaska, Digital Publication Project9/1/2020 - 12/31/2023$150,000.00JulieMichelleDecker   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2020U.S. HistoryCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs1000005000010000050000

Preparation of an open-access digital history of Alaska. (35 months)

The Anchorage Museum is requesting support for the development of a collaborative, open-source digital textbook for the history of Alaska. The project will create a comprehensive resource that tells Alaska’s history with inclusive, multi-layered narratives and perspectives, broadening an understanding of Alaska’s place in regional, national, and international contexts. Through multimedia links with primary and secondary sources, new research and historic material, the publication will bring together curated content that fosters a robust understanding of Alaska as a place of extremes, as well as a place of constant change and resilience. It will build a foundation that can scale from broad chronological overviews, to the personal story, to archival images and art. It will honor the authentic voices of the state’s history, deepening an understanding of Alaska in the context of place, identity, and adaptation, with scholarship reaching across history, the humanities, and the social sciences.

TD-266435-19Public Programs: Media Projects DevelopmentAnchorage MuseumAlaska Documentary with Ric Burns8/1/2019 - 11/30/2021$75,000.00JulieMichelleDecker   Anchorage MuseumAnchorageAK99501-3544USA2019U.S. HistoryMedia Projects DevelopmentPublic Programs25000500002500050000

Development of a three-part documentary film on the history of Alaska produced through a partnership between the Anchorage Museum and Steeplechase Films.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with Steeplechase Films, will develop a three-part documentary series titled Alaska, produced for national broadcast. To date, no comprehensive documentary has been completed on the history and identity of Alaska. While Alaska continues to hold a strong focus for reality television and wildlife documentaries, a cohesive film based on scholarship, history and strong humanities content has not been accomplished. The film series will present the attraction that Alaska continues to hold in the American imagination, while also exploring the authentic history and experience of life in Alaska—how Alaska has emerged as a place of strong adaptation and resilience, of individualism mixed with community, innovation and diversity. The film series will explore the patterns, themes and stories of Alaska's peoples who have thrived with the land for generations--and those who are profoundly affected by either their visit or their life of calling Alaska home.