Jim Murphy during the Anchorage Museum's skate jam at the Spenard Community Recreation Center. Photo by Brian Adams.
The Urban Interventions series of Polar Lab motivates and empowers youth through creative, healthy expression. The first program in this series, Skate Art, brought New York-based skateboarder Jim Murphy to the museum. A member of the Lenni Lenape tribe, Murphy is the co-founder of Wounded Knee Skateboards and the director of the Wounded Knee Four Directions Skateparks program of the Stronghold Society, a non-profit organization working with Native and non-Native youth through skateboarding and the arts.
The museum hosted Murphy as he worked with local youth to personalize skateboard decks with art inspired by Anchorage Museum and Smithsonian collections. Murphy discussed the positive impact of skateboarding at a public lecture and film screening. Boarders and spectators then attended a skate jam at the Spenard Community Recreation Center.