We believe that the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has a responsibility to support those artists and culture bearers whose voices and actions are championing justice. Our Community Inspiration Projects do just that by providing artists and communities opportunities to address issues of social concern through artmaking. Here are some of the great things that are happening with some of our Community Inspiration Projects:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) was honored to partner with Wisdom of the Elders’ (WOTE) and support its community collaboration project, the Native Youth Film Academy and Climate Change Film Festival. This project is NACF’s fifth Community Inspiration Program, which are artist-driven projects that address pressing social, cultural and environmental issues to bring about community conversations connecting Native and non-Native people.
This rigorous training program empowers young Native filmmakers while addressing the pressing social issue of climate change; their films documenting elders’ views and responses within tribal communities.
After eight years of creative visioning, planning and community engagement Postcommodity’s “Repellent Fence” (or Valla Repelente, in Spanish) goes airborne connecting the lands north and south of what is today the U.S./Mexico border. The installation, which launched October 10th, involved 26 scare-eye balloons tethered to the Sonoran Desert ground, that spanned a two-mile stretch and physically and metaphorically created a direct line of communication between communities and their many stakeholders. Repellent Fence is one of NACF’s Community Inspiration Program Pilot Projects.
Art collective Postcommodity is completing three projects with the publics of the Tohono O’odham, U.S. and Mexico nations exploring experiences along the U.S./Mexico border, including the Tohono O’odham tribal boundaries which pre-date the political border that currently separates communities.
This remarkable program created a fellowship to provide direct support to emerging American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native filmmakers.
Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawai’i who was honored as a “National Slam Legend” in the 2010 National Poetry Slam. Kealoha was also featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices television series. “The Story of Everything” is a performance creation story based on Native Hawaiian oral traditions and science.
Through research, education, advocacy and alliance building, The Cultural Conservancy’s mission is to protect Native lands, document and revitalize endangered songs, stories and traditional knowledge and advocate for the health and well being of indigenous communities.
The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center is the only Native facility of its kind on any university in the country. The dream began when Evergreen State College faculty member, Mary Ellen Hillaire of the Lummi tribe, founded the Native American Studies program.
The Clatsop Community College hosted an exhibit curated by artist Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama) and instructor Richard Rowland (Native Hawaiian). The exhibit brought a select group of eight Native artists from the Pacific Rim featuring “neo-traditional” works and a related series of events.
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is a nonprofit organization focused on providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, they also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices — weaving, bead working and regalia making — of the Plateau region.