This blog serves as a place to host a global conversation about the indomitable nature of the human spirit and communities' reactions to change, how they survive disaster and how they rebuild for the future. We hope this can be a tool for people like you, all across the world, to reach out and share your stories on survival and the will to carry on.
If you have seen the exhibit whether online or in person we want to know your reaction to the work of these twenty-eight Alaskan artists. Please join us in an ongoing conversation, and chime in with your thoughts, views and your personal stories of your community, disaster, and change.
04 November 2015
23 October 2015
|CDC Crates arrive at the Juneau-Douglas Museum|
25 August 2015
Dr. Awad Al-Yami says about twenty percent leave the center to return to fighting but that is still far less than do not. He prepares himself for the new generation of ISIS terrorists that are more extreme than Al Qaeda. Members of ISIS currently serving time will attend the center after their sentences. Dr. Awad Al -Yami wonders what he will do with this new generation? Will he be successful? Are these tactics not tough enough for young ISIS? Can programs involving art therapy really help rehabilitate such extreme criminals?
03 August 2015
|Ms. Larroza, the New Valdez Museum Summer Intern|
Working with Mammoth Teeth
Found in Ester, Alaska
The Valdez Museum welcomes Juliana Larroza, our new intern for the 2015 summer season!! She has come to us through a grant from the Alaska State Museum. Ms. Larroza is working towards her master’s in Museum Studies at New York University. She has interned at museums in Italy, Coast Rica, Brazil and Argentina. The Valdez Museum has many ongoing preservation projects of which Juliana is hard at work on. She is currently building proper housing for a set of mammoth teeth found in Esther, Alaska. The teeth were donated by Leroy and Marne Churches in 1976.
Above are images from the fund raising festival depicting community support through traditional dance, art, music and national pride! Has anyone else experienced this kind of community support!?
23 July 2015
Catch CDC in Coos Bay, Oregon or back in Alaska on October 6th, 2015 at the Juneau-Douglas Museum!
26 June 2015
Ron Senungetuk from Asia Freeman on Vimeo
This video about Ron Senungetuk, created for the Alaska State Council on the Arts by Alaskan artist Michael Walsh, highlights the life and work of the 2014 Governor's Awardee for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts & Humanities.
Ron Senungetuk is an Alaskan Inupiat who grew up along the Bering Sea in Wales, the most western point on the American mainland. Retired from academics, he continues to be an active, vibrant artist living in picturesque Homer, Alaska. Ron is regarded as Alaska's foremost living Native artist and founded the Native Arts Center while he was chair of the art department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 30 years. His pieces are carved and colored wood that build on the traditions if the Bering Sea people. Ron is the major force behind the resurgence of contemporary native art in Alaska. He has stimulated & supported the careers of numerous native artists who have gained renown in their own right.
16 June 2015
|Graffiti near what was once Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant|
The Chernobyl nuclear reactor fire burned for thirty days. Some would describe it as a glowing orb, almost beautiful. At first, there was no mention of the explosion from the Soviet government. It wasn’t until the following day that 1,100 buses were ordered to evacuate Pripyat. 100,000 workers and their families left their personal belongings, no matter how valuable, for fear of contamination.
One can hardly imagine what was going on in the minds of these victims after the explosion. Many feared disease and painful death through radiation poisoning. Those that worked to clean up the reactors died agonizing deaths. It was reported in some cases organs disintegrated, limbs developed sores and body parts just became separated from the victim’s bodies.
|Lost Dwelling Near Chernobyl|