• Natalie Marsh

ViVA Partners with AAM's Environment and Climate Network

ViVA recently joined the Environment & Climate Network (ECN) of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and have quickly joined in their expanding work. For the ECN’s recent webinar “On the Front Lines: Arctic Museums & Climate Change,” a multi-part symposium on November 2nd from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern (with an intermission), ViVA produced a short video featuring Net Zero, Near Net Zero and Net Zero Plan museums from multiple countries. The video will be updated and re-shared as more museums report their status and plans. ViVA will continue to work closely with the ECN and is already developing joint webinars and conference sessions for 2022.

Coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26), Tuesday's symposium brought together speakers from museums in the Arctic region, or who represent Arctic cultures and peoples, to discuss the threat of the climate crises to indigenous communities. The program was co-hosted by the National Nordic Museum (Seattle), AAM, and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a recording of the program will be available on the ECN web page in the near future.

The program opened with featured keynotes:

Dr. Jago Cooper, Head Curator of the Americas & Dr. Amber Lincoln, Curator of the Amercians, British Museum

Dr. Chris Breward, Director of National Museums of Scotland will moderate.

Drs. Cooper and Lincoln organized the 2020-2021 exhibition “Arctic Culture and Climate” for the British Museum.

Two sessions followed the keynote:

Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities

Jorunn Jernsletten, Curator, Várjjat Sámi Musea (Norway)

Representative from Ájtte Museum, Jokkmokk (Sweden)

Dr. Julie Ross, Assistant Director, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center (Canada)

Moderator: Dr. Christian Koch Madsen, Deputy Director/Curator, Greenland National Museums and Archives

Pre-Recorded Presentation

Olga Christanova, ICOM Russia

Intermission – A short video featuring Net Zero, Near Net Zero and Net Zero Plan museums on multiple continents. Co-produced by the Green Museum Network, AAM, and ViVA.

Collections and Programming that Explore Indigenous Lifeways

Dr. Julie Decker, Director, Anchorage Museum (US)

Dr. Marit Hauan, Associate Professor, Arctic University Museum of Norway (Norway)

Petra Laiti, Sámi Rights Activist/Sámi Museum Siida, Inari (Finland)

Moderator: Angela Linn, Senior Collections Manager, Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks (US)

To view webinars produced by the Environment and Climate Network of AAM, and watch for links to future events, please visit their website.

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