Thanks to the Juneau Borough Assembly’s actions, the City Museum in Juneau has acquired new “artwork” by local artists who received federal funds through Juneau’s $330,000 CARES ArtWorks grant. Thirty-five projects were funded by the grant and the museum will receive items from six of the artists.

One of the projects funded by $330,000 in CARES Act funding from the Juneau Borogh is gender inclusive face masks.

These include three LGBTQ inclusive Alaska Native face masks, woven by Lily Hope that will be added to the permanent collection. Titled “Ancestral Indigenous Protectors,” Hope says the face coverings “lean on the strength of our ancestors, reinstating historical indigenous protection for all members of our community, inclusive of all genders, sexual expressions and self-identity.”

Another item is the “Regalia Basket,” made by Della Cheney with cedar bark and  also slated for the museum’s permanent collection.

Abel Ryan used her federal funds to create a wooden box and some design screens titled, “Recognizable Changes.” Ryan describes the screens as “three paintings showing how we, in the singular design, have seen and felt change outwardly, and still work to preserve that special part of ourselves at our core, remembering who we are and how things were.”

Ryan’s bentwood box will hold postcards written by anonymous community members describing life during the pandemic. The postcard project titled, “Covid Secrets,” was brainstormed by Larissa Manewal another recipient of the federal CARES Act funds.

Additional pieces include more designer face masks and a mosaic made from recycled glass.

Click here to view the Juneau CARES ArtWorks grant recipients and learn more about each piece.


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Juneau unveils LGBTQ Native art funded by federal CARES Act

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Carrie Harris says:

    I never knew that face mask were gender exclusive. I never seen one that said men only or women only, or straight or gay only.

  • Bill says:

    triggered by indigenous people doing indigenous things?? Or did the brown people not come check with the colonizers first, before spending masters money?
    Natives are getting restless.
    Time for you good old boys to put them in their place huh?

    • Lobomalo says:

      First of all, it isn’t “the masters money”.. It’s the money of the tax paying American citizens. If you want to refer to “whitey” as the “colonizers”, then ask the Russians what they did to support, or provide essential, and non-essential services to “the brown people” before “whitey” bought the territories. There are a lot of “whitey” Russians, and not all of the “natives are brown people. Some of their ancestors are of Russian descent, and some are of Asian descent.

    • Jack says:

      I wasnt aware the Alaskan natives had a strong LGBTQ culture before the past couple of decades. How advanced and woke they were!

    • John says:

      You turned it into something it wasn’t. What is it like with hate in your heart and a chip on your shoulder O great unnecessary defender of LGBT and “Brown people”? You are the one who seems triggered and unhinged. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    I said it before and i will say it again. I’m so sick of this LGBTQ nonsense. “We want you to accept our ideological lifestyle and if you don’t we will call you a racist” keep your gay in your own house,, the rest of us don’t want to hear about it!