"Communities, Disaster & Change" is a traveling exhibition coordinated by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, in Valdez, Alaska. It provides a twist on the fiftieth anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake commemoration through its connection with other communities and other disasters. The exhibit will travel around the state as well as to Oregon, and Hawaii. The full travel schedule and complete online gallery of the exhibit can be seen here.

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.


About The Museum

The Valdez Museum preserves, presents, and interprets the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Communities, Disaster, and Change

“Communities, Disaster and Change” is a traveling exhibition coordinated by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, in Valdez, Alaska. Framed by the 50-year anniversary of the devastating Good Friday Earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964, the exhibit features 28 of Alaska’s finest artists from around the state. Each artists has submitted one piece, although some works contain multiple elements, such as diptychs and sculptural arrangements, that address the theme of natural disasters’ effects on their communities.

This amazing exhibit was made possible by the contributions from the Western States Art Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Valdez, the Valdez Museum, Alaska State Council of the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, and Alyeska Pipeline service Co.

Touring Schedule

The Valdez Museum
Valdez, AK
May 2 – September 9, 2014

Pratt Museum
Homer, AK
September 15 – October 18, 2014

Cordova Museum
Cordova, AK
November 1, 2014 – January 2, 2015

Well Street Art Company
Fairbanks, AK
January 9 – February 23, 2015

Windward Community College
Kaneohe, HI
March 2 – June 30, 2015

Coos Bay Art Museum
Coos Bay, OR
July 11 – September 26, 2015

Jeneau-Douglas Museum
Juneau, AK
October 6 – December 15, 2015

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