Join us in Portland, Oregon, for four days of learning, inspiration, and celebration!

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As we face uncertainty in the world around us, we look to Native voices and creative minds to lead, inspire, and ground us. Like constellations in the night sky that foster our deep and sacred connection to the Earth, artists and culture bearers have been guiding lights that remind us of our humanity, the power of dreams, and the beauty of humor. Their contributions, ideas, and solutions around the pressing issues affecting the lives of many Native peoples in their homelands and as global citizens are vital to our future.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is honored to host the first national Native arts gathering September 14-17, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. We are excited to welcome the Native arts community for a multi-day, in-person gathering that seeks to center the voices of our artists and culture bearers and provide an opportunity to come together in community for the first time in over two years. Attendees will experience numerous plenaries, artist presentations, learning sessions, and networking opportunities. The final day of the gathering will focus on community and include a traditional welcoming of five canoes from different local nations and directions, greeted by Native visitors from across the country. After, all will be invited to a closing night celebration at the new Center for Native Arts and Culture.

THEMES / FOCUS AREA

Native Artists and Culture Bearers Raising Indigenous Voices for Social Change:

  • Land, Climate, and Environmental Justice 
  • Cultural Preservation, Revitalization, and Protection 
  • Identity, Representation, and Perceptions of Native Peoples
  • Native Arts and Culture as a Pathway Towards Healing and Well-Being

AGENDA

* This agenda is subject to change as new events and activities are developed. All times listed in PST.

WEDNESDAY, September 14
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Welcome Reception
THURSDAY, September 15
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Plenary
    Artist Presentations
  • 10:15 am
    Break
  • 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
    Learning Sessions
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Plenary
    Artists Presentations
  • 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
    Learning Sessions
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Film Screening co-sponsored by the American Indian Film Institute, Vision Maker Media, and NACF
FRIDAY, September 16
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Plenary
    Artist Presentations
  • 10:15 am
    Break
  • 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
    Learning Sessions
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Plenary
    Artists Presentations
  • 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
    Learning Sessions
SATURDAY, September 17
  • 6:30 am – 8:30 am
    Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Ceremonial Processional to waterfront
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Canoe Landing and Welcome Protocol
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Shuttle service back to hotel
  • 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Closing event
    Constellations: A Celebration at the Center for Native Arts and Cultures

VENUE

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 226-1611

SPECIAL CONFERENCE RATE:

$179 per night plus taxes and applicable fees. * Rate is available for two nights prior and two nights after the conference dates.

Guest rooms are reserved for registered attendees. Please see your registration confirmation for a link to reserve a guest room for the conference.

Downtown Portland is a foodie paradise from eclectic food trucks to gourmet restaurants. Trendy bars and nightclubs offer an active after-dark scene. And you will find a plethora of indie boutique shops offering local brands, arts, and crafts.

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

You’ll receive a link to book your reservation at the special conference rate after registration.

TRAVEL FROM AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN:
  • BY TRAIN: MAX Light Rail, Portland International Airport to Pioneer Square station downtown, just two blocks from Hilton Downtown Portland.
  • BY CAR: 10 – 12 miles, relatively direct travel via freeways.

REGISTRATION

See below for details about registration. For questions about registration, please email Jasmine with our event partners at Looking Glass Creative at jasmine@lookingglasscreative.net.

  • Full Conference Registration  = $300
  • Single Day Registration  = $150

COVID PROTOCOLS

At this time, NACF is requiring that attendees show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna, or the first dose of Johnson & Johnson) or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the event. We will also accept proof of a negative COVID 19-antigen rapid test upon arrival – tests will be available at the event check-in. You will be asked to agree to this safety protocol when you register for the event online, and to show documentation at check-in.

To ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing, NACF will monitor CDC guidelines and COVID trends and may update its vaccination and testing requirements as needed. Attendees will be notified of any changes.

FEATURED SPEAKERS & ARTISTS

TBD

SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible:

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