AAA 2016: CMA Tour of Minnesota Historical Society & Reception for CMA Members

CMA Members are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour on Wednesday, November 16 of the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) American Indian and Fine Arts Collection to learn about the collections and the Native American Artist-in-Residence Program.

Ben Gessner, Collections Associate and Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator will be our host. More information about the MNHS and Artist-in-Residence Program below. 

There will be two tours Wednesday, one at 3pm and one at 4pm. Spots are limited. Interested? To sign-up (or if you have any questions), email CMA Secretary, Diana Marsh at

CMA Reception
All CMA Members are invited to a reception at the Minnesota Institute of Art!

Where: Wells Fargo Room, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South.
When: Friday, November 18 from 7:45 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Come enjoy drinks and light fare, meet fellow CMA members and Mia’s African and Native American Affinity members.

View extraordinary works of art Mia, and visit with Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Assistant Curator of Native American Art in our African and Native American Galleries.

CMA-sponsored Sessions
Don't forget to check-out CMA-sponsored sessions at this year's meeting. A full listing can be found through AAA here.

Or, see the most recent Anthropology News Section News posting, here.

More information:

About the MNHS:
The Minnesota History Center, the flagship museum of the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is located in St. Paul, MN. The History Center houses more than 2.5 million items ranging in date from ca. 11,500 years ago to today. The Society’s American Indian Collection consists of over 5,000 objects including over 2,000 Ojibwe and approximately 1,000 Dakota artifacts.

MNHS is the state’s largest nonprofit cultural organization, serving more than 985,000 visitors annually; of these, 265,000 are children and youth visiting with their school or families. MNHS is one of the largest state historical organizations in the country. The quality of its exhibits and scholarship has has earned MNHS a reputation as one of the nation’s premier historical organizations.

MNHS’ wide array of educational programs reflects the rich diversity of communities and traditions in Minnesota. The organization’s programs and services tell the story of Minnesota’s past through exhibitions, extensive libraries and collections, 26 historic sites, educational programs, book publishing, the MNHS website, and grants and technical assistance to county and local historical organizations throughout the state.

About the Artist in Residence program:
Meaningful interactions with historic materials provide communities with opportunities for cultural understanding, reflection, strengthening and growth. In some cases, artforms and practices that are lost at a local level are revived through the study of historic material culture in museum collections - these historic resources serve as platforms upon which cultural learning and sharing takes place. The Native American Artist-in-Residence program at the Minnesota Historical Society was designed to foster and support this cultural learning. Residencies are awarded to artists practicing all forms of traditional art, including utilitarian forms, who wish to advance and share this cultural understanding with their communities. Many other efforts are made by the museum to support this program and the goal of creating an accessible and inclusive environment –the development of culturally-specific care plans, the continued digitization of material culture, the revision of repatriation policies, and the creation of on-site digitization events and exhibits in communities.

About the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA):
The MIA inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces, Mia links the past to the present and enables global conversations.