Christina Thompson to Organize Alutiiq Museum Events–August 18, 2017
The Alutiiq Museum has hired Christina Thompson as its Events Specialist. Thompson will coordinate and advertise the museum’s events, working in collaboration with staff to host both recurring museum programs and special initiatives. She is currently organizing Alutiiq Culture Fest, a community celebration to be held in conjunction with the museum’s annual meeting on Friday, September 8th. This event will include free fry bread, a headdress pageant, and an exhibit preview. Thompson will also facilitate the museum’s fall lecture series, Thursday evening presentations by local culture bearers and scientists beginning August 24th. The eight-week series is sponsored by the City of Kodiak.
Thompson the daughter of Kodiak residents Charles and Barbara Thompson. She is a 2009 graduate of Kodiak High School and a 2016 graduate of Central Washington University, where she earned a bachelors degree in fine arts with a minor in museum studies. Her previous experiences include commercial fishing around Bristol Bay and Kodiak, and internships for the Kitsap County Historical Museum, the Museum of Culture and Environment in Ellensburg, WA, and the Roadside Gallery and Studio, in Seattle, WA.
“We are very pleased to add Christina to our staff,” said Alutiiq Museum Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller. “She has a suite of skills that will benefit many of our activities. She comes to us with experience in graphic design, photography, exhibit production, and museum collections care.”
The Alutiiq Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the Alutiiq, an Alaska Native tribal people. Representatives of Kodiak Alutiiq organizations govern the museum with funding from charitable contributions, memberships, grants, contracts, and sales.