April Community Tour – An Evening of Conversation with Shyla Spicer & Phinney Brown

Join us on Thursday, April 18th at 6pm for an evening of conversation with a new generation of local Indigenous arts leadership, featuring Shyla Spicer (Yakama), President/CEO of Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) and Phinney Brown (Coeur D’Alene Tribe), Executive Director of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), and facilitated by B. ‘Toastie’ Oaster (Choctaw), Indigenous Affairs Reporter at High Country News.

Come hear from Shyla and Phinney about the Indigenous arts landscape and leading arts organizations into the future. You’ll also learn more about the exciting work in which NACF and CSIA are currently engaged, and where these organizations are headed.

Shyla Spicer (she/her)

Shyla joined NACF as President/CEO in December 2023, succeeding founding President Lulani Arquette. After working at Nike for 12 years in logistics, supply chain and marketing operations, she earned an MBA from the University of Portland and went on to work as Executive Director of the Suquamish Tribe in Northwest Washington. Committed to advancing Indigenous art and culture, she has served on the Regional Arts and Culture Council board, supports several artists in business administration management, and currently sits on the board for the Chief Seattle Club.

Phinney Brown (she/her)

Phinney is an accomplished nonprofit leader with a profound love for the arts. Hailing originally from Hermiston, OR, she has since made Richland, WA her home and has been a part of the local performing arts scene for many years. Phinney joined Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in October 2023 as their Executive Director and is honored to lead an organization dedicated to providing a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. She is also a skilled visual artist, specializing primarily in beadwork.

B. ‘Toastie’ Oaster (they/them)

Toastie is an award-winning Indigenous affairs journalist who writes for High Country News. Their work has also appeared in ICT News, Foreign Policy, Street Roots, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, KBOO, and elsewhere. They’re a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a painter, and a longtime Portland resident.

Special thanks to our partners at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and High Country News.


April 18th Community Tour Registration:

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Funding for our Community Tours Series provided by OnPoint Community Credit Union.