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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has released a report on the "Strengthening the Bones" convening held in the fall of 2011 that brought together over 100 individuals representing a cross section of arts services organizations, cultural centers, museums, artists and artist collectives, foundation and government funding agencies to learn and build around the community of Native art.
Bunky Echo-Hawk & Toma Villa Convening in Paint
The report outlines next steps and collaborations needed to build support systems, educational capacity and identify focus areas for arts organizations and leaders.
Over the course of two days, participants participated in plenary and breakout sessions focused on four primary objectives:
A wide variety of issues including evolution of Indigenous identity in the 21st century, strategies for sustaining arts and cultures in communities, and building the next generation of leadership in the arts were discussed.
“This report highlights those moments we shared together and our strategies moving forward. Through these efforts, we encourage our fellow funders to join us in considering new ways of investing in our communities, appreciating the contributions of Native art, ways that uphold our people, bridging cultures and forging new found relationships and understanding,”
said Lulani Arquette, president and CEO of the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.
“Art is a powerful medicine for the world and participants agreed that Native art has the power to heal communities. The collective work of this convening has identified ways in which Indigenous artists can more adequately bring their medicine to the world,”
noted keynote speaker, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree.
Action steps called for nurturing artist success, development of leadership potential in arts institutions, mentorship of youth through arts, capacity building for Native art programming and community engagement, education and outreach within the field and among the general public.
posted October 19, 2012 7:40 am edt