The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is proud to be a partner in #RevolutionOfValues, a day of creative action on April 4th, 2017, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”
Fifty years later, to walk in his footsteps, to give voice once again to his powerful words, and to kick off a year of efforts by many organizations around the U.S. to remind people of Dr. King’s real message and unfinished work, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and partners are sponsoring #RevolutionOfValues.
Saturday, March 11, is a proud day for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and our 2016 Visual Arts Fellows Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) and Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee). The two installation artists open their joint exhibit “Connecting Lines” at the Portland Art Museum bringing unique perspectives on themes of disruption, violence against Native women, survival, renewal and empowerment.
Hill’s “Enate” and Mallory’s “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes” masterfully blend contemporary and past in a multi-layered exploration of history and the resilience and determination to overcome them.
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:
Performance and visual artist, NACF Fellow James Luna (Luiseño), gathered a remarkable collaboration of artists and writers to present a Native view of the California mission system in concert with News from Native California publisher, Heyday Books.
#Giving Tuesday is a one-day annual movement focused on supporting your favorite charity and cause. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely known shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many…
Lulani Arquette, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation President & CEO, spoke last spring with Philanthropy Northwest about the challenges, successes, and opportunities she has encountered through her leadership of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. You can read the full…
Elizabeth Woody (Navajo / Warm Springs / Wasco / Yakama, and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) was named Oregon’s 8th Poet Laureate for a two-year tenure, which she began in May.
Last year the NEA received a record number of nominations of Native artists and awarded three Native artists out of 8 total.