The publicly-funded Anchorage Museum is continuing its ongoing evolution of embracing the cultural and political agenda of the far left.
Supported by the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum Foundation, and private, corporate and foundation funds, the museum has increasingly become a powerful mouthpiece for climate change alarmism, critical race theory, diversity, equity and inclusion and LGBTQ activism.
This month, the prominent institution is using its sizable public resources to recruit and train local teens to be radical climate change activists who can then be used to convince their peers to join the fight against fossil fuels and advocate for electric vehicles and other so-called “green energy” solutions.
According to the museum website past teen climate activists have been convinced that the “earth is burning” and that if they don’t act soon they may not even make it into adulthood.
The Anchorage Museum’s embrace of controversial so-called “progressive” causes mirrors what is happening to museums across the nation and the world.
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A 2022 Wall Street Journal article by art editor Eric Gibson notes that museums are facing a “crisis of purpose.”
“They are now widely seen as shameful relics of the era of Western colonialism, whose proper social role is to advance a progressive agenda,” he observed. “As a result, they are undergoing the greatest transformation since the 1960s, when the art museum as we know it—popular, populist and a must-see destination—came into existence.”
According to Gibson, ideologues have replaced historical and cultural experts to ensure that museum goers “view art through progressive lenses…The politicization of art museums is so pervasive that the there is hardly an institution or aspect of museum practice exempt from it.”
He adds that the general public should be concerned about the deconstruction and radical transformation of museums “because the tax dollars that support these institutions are intended for heritage preservation and disinterested scholarly inquiry, not political tub thumping.”