This past fiscal year saw the completion of the first year of the Abbe’s new strategic plan, where we hit many milestones and accomplished even more tasks than we imagined. And, like a one year old, we’re still learning how to walk with this new purpose and how to speak about it so we can be heard.

This first year roll out was about staff re-alignment and planning, double checking feasibility and forecasting budgets to meet the call of the plan. And, we managed to finish some major projects. Of great note is the opening of People of the First Light, which has transformed our exhibition space and how we work with our audiences.

For those checking in on the plan, the best way to gather updates is by visiting the strategic plan’s website. There you will find all of the goals laid out and see progress marked in italics with the lead in of UPDATE. We hope you take the time to see where we’re headed and where we’ve been. As always, all of this is possible because of the generosity of donors and the participation of stakeholders from across the state, the U.S., and most importantly, Indian country.

Year two has much laid out for us. We’re looking forward to digging in AND writing more for our blog! We know that developing a community of practice to support decolonizing museum work is essential and I hope this blog can serve as a resource.