For more about our Community Inspiration Program Projects, see our 2017 report Progressing Issues of Social Importance Through the Work of Indigenous Artists.

Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) performing


Emily creates body-based work, illuminating the sensory of every performance. SHORE is third in a trilogy following the Bessie Award performance of “The Thank-you Bar” and then a national tour of “Niicugni.”

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10' scare-eye balloon test launch from Repellent Fence, a Community Inspiration Program. 2015

Repellent Fence

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.

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Kealoha (Native Hawaiian), Hawaii Poet Laureate, Photo by Michael K. Wong

The Story of Everything

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.

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