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Tosa Two Heart (Oglala Lakota) and Bryan Parker (White Mountain Apache, Muscogee Creek, Mississippi Choctaw) discuss First Peoples Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts bus which was developed to strategically support Native artists on the large and extremely rural Pine Ridge Reservation.
NASAA is partnering with ArtPlace America on a new initiative, Strengthening the State Arts Agency Support System for Creative Placemaking. This initiative is designed to empower state arts agency community development staff in their varied roles as facilitators and bridge builders.
Renowned filmmaker Queen Muhammad Ali is running a remarkable project in her home island Tutuila, AS. She is addressing the obesity and diabetes epidemic with documentation, archiving and eLearning of Indigenous Samoan healing arts, natural herbal medicines, plant-based nutrition, and by creating a social wellness hub that will serve as an artistic resource for a healthier community.
Taller de Permiso is an activist and community led arts space and campaign which seeks to decode, re-imagine and make easier the permitting processes in the area for small informal business owners. To improve their community’s economic outcomes, three artists in Brownsville, TX have launched a series of workshops and a supporting media campaign
How can storytellers integrate the traditions and values of diverse indigenous communities into community-engaged artistic practice? Cornerstone Theater’s artistic director Michael Jon Garces and playwright Larissa FastHorse tell us how their newly evolved methodology working with Native American communities on indigenous land created its current touring project, “Native Nation.”
The Citizen University Youth Collaboratory empowers and connects a rising generation of civic leaders and doers. Students from around the country travel to cities around the nation, meeting leading civic innovators, sharpening their literacy in citizen power and producing their own independent projects in their communities for one year. Clara Nevins, from the very first cohort shares her story.
The RedCan Invitational Graffiti Jam, held annually in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, gives youth from across the region a chance to meld contemporary street art practices with their heritage, identities, and stories. The event builds young people’s creative skills, self-confidence, and cultural pride.
“One thing about it is you can never trust the coal company. … They call it Bloody Harlan for a reason. We don’t intend no harm. We’re just here trying to get what’s rightfully owed to us.” That’s what Shane Smith, a former Blackjewel and Revelation Energy miner, told alumni of our Appalachian Media Institute when they interviewed him last week on the train tracks in Harlan County where miners had gathered to protest.
While the work of creative placemaking involves plenty of “grown-up” tasks like applying for permits and analyzing data, young people can play pivotal roles in shaping projects by bringing high energy, fresh thinking, and honest questions.