In welcoming everyone, elder Richard Twiss (Sicangu Lakota) described Native artists as “the sun shining behind the clouds” before offering a prayer song to bless the new offices of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in Vancouver, WA.
Native writers, musicians, poets and weavers met with local arts advocates and leadership from Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest in the new space, enjoying music by Kaloku Holt (Native Hawaiian) and the chance to connect to new and old friends.
“Thank you to every one who joined us for the opening ceremony,” said foundation President/CEO T. Lulani Arquette. “We are grateful this community gathered to show support for our work funding Native arts and cultures. We are honored by your presence and hope the many friendships and collaborations begun in our new office lead to successful, interesting work in times to come.”