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Artic Council

The Arctic is a place of awe-inspiring beauty and dramatic environmental fluctuations. As the United States serves as the chair of the Arctic Council from 2015 to 2017, the Museum will be highlighting our Arctic connections with exhibits like Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed, public programming, and research symposia.

When the United States last chaired the Arctic Council (1998-2000), the Arctic was at the edge of the world's concerns. Now, it is front and center in the face of a rapidly changing climate, which indigenous Arctic communities are experiencing firsthand.

How can people, organizations, and nations work together to help ensure the sustainability of Arctic environments, resources, and communities?
That is the challenge for the Arctic Council, the international forum that coordinates Arctic policy. The U.S. chairmanship theme is One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities

An illustrated map delineating the article circle and the eight countries that compose the Artic Council

The Arctic Council is composed of eight Arctic states (as noted on map), Permanent Participants representing Arctic indigenous peoples, as well as observer groups.


Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center

The Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center (ASC), established in 1988, is the only government program to focus exclusively on culture and history, archaeology, and social change in the Arctic. Located at the National Museum of Natural History, the ASC also has an Alaska Office at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

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