The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation announces the new recipients of the SHIFT program for 2021
Addressing a collective sense of urgency in these times, these SHIFT projects elevate Indigenous lifestyles by empowering communities and providing platforms for critical conversations about the state of the world.
PORTLAND, Oregon (PRWEB)
September 30, 2021
The Indigenous Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce the first cohort of recipients of the SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program. Following a nationwide open call for Native American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, nominations were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals in multiple areas of expertise. Fifteen projects were selected to receive a prize of $ 100,000 over two years designed to support artists and community projects responding to social, environmental and economic justice issues in order to draw more attention to Aboriginal communities.
The SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program provides multi-year services to Indigenous artists and cultural practitioners to work on large-scale community engagement and presentation projects in collaboration with partner organizations. “Responding to a collective sense of urgency in these times, these SHIFT projects elevate indigenous lifestyles by empowering communities and providing platforms for critical conversations about the state of the world,” said Reuben Roqueñi, Director of transformative change programs.
Artists selected for SHIFT 2021 (listed by field of intervention):
HEALING AND COMMUNITY
- Larissa FastHorse (Nation Sicangu Lakota) in partnership with Cornerstone Theater Company. FastHorse’s D / N / Lakota Project is a socially engaged performance project that combines participatory research with theatrical creation, inviting community participants to share personal stories and civic and social concerns.
- Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) in partnership with Weisman Art Museum. The Simas Project, She Who Lives On The Road To War, is an immersive installation and performance project responding to the loss of hope and life our communities experienced during the dual pandemic of systemic racism and COVID -19.
- Anna Hoover (Unangax̂ [Aleut]) in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples Community Action Fund. Hoover’s Voices of the Land Project is a documentary film about Indigenous justice based on the place, culture and ways of life of Native Alaskans.
- Will Wilson (Citizen of the Navajo Nation) in partnership with the Diné College. Wilson’s Reframing Indigenous Remediation: Uranium on Dinetah project will address the legacy of uranium mining and processing on the Navajo Nation.
- Drew Kahu’āina Broderick (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) in partnership with the Pu’uhonua Society. Broderick ʻAi Pōhaku’s project, Stone Eaters is a group exhibition focused on an intergenerational cohort of contemporary Native Hawaiian artists addressing the complex historical and current issues of Native Hawaiian self-determination.
- Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) in partnership with New York Live Arts. Johnson’s project Being Future Being is a dance performance / process that asks audiences to consider stories with the power to support a world that must start over.
- Moses Goods (Kānaka Maoli) in partnership with Honolulu Theater for Youth. The KII A LOAA Merchandise Project is a site specific experiment to reclaim crucial spaces in Honolulu by creating “digital monuments”.
- New Red Order (artist collective) in partnership with Creative Time. The New Red Order Give It Back project is the establishment and long-term development of an Indigenous-led movement and community space to repatriate land to Indigenous peoples in New York City and around the world.
- Postcommodity (artist collective) in partnership with the University of Arkansas, School of Art. Postcommodity’s project, Cosmovisión, is a musical instrument performed by four people simultaneously using gamepads, interactive video, and sound to co-determine the relationships between land, community, and worldview.
- Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli) in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications. Lacy’s project The Queen’s Flowers is a whimsical animated short designed to give Native Hawaiian children an entertaining and stimulating way to access their history.
- Lily Hope (Tlingit) in partnership with the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The Hope Protecting the Material Sovereignty of Our Indigenous Homelands project will mentor several weavers through intergenerational research, documentation and advocacy directly related to Indigenous land sovereignty.
- Raiatea Helm (Kanaka Maoli) in partnership with Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings. Helm’s project A Legacy of Hawaiian Song and String will explore the music of late 19th-century composer and musical prodigy Mekia Kealakai, while spreading the message of the colonial robbery of the Hawaiian kingdom.
- Sabra Kauka (Native Hawaiian) in partnership with Garden Island Arts Council and National Tropical Botanical Garden. Kauka’s E Ho’omau project (to be continued) will focus on the art of Kapa and botanical dyes by designing and creating costumes for 20 women and ten men in a halau (hula school) for their participation in Merrie Monarch, the world’s premier hula festival. .
MENTORING + EDUCATION
- Raven Chacon (Diné) + Michael Begay (Tribal Member of the Diné Nation) in partnership with the Grand Canyon Music Festival. Chacon and Begay will mentor the youth of the Native American Composer Apprentice Project to support, promote and amplify young creative voices from the Navajo and Hopi nations.
- Stephen Qacung Blanchett (Yup’ik) in partnership with Old Harbor Alliance. Blanchett’s Cuumillat’stun – Like Our Ancestors project will develop a series of workshops to strengthen the Sugpiaq / Alutiiq drum and dance, fostering the development of a new generation of composers and choreographers within the seven communities that reside on the ‘Kodiak Island.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is grateful for the generosity of its growing circle of supporters. Thanks to the following people who support our national programs this year: The Collins Foundation, Cotyledon Fund, Ford Foundation, Leon Polk Smith Foundation, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, NoVo Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Rainbow Pineapple Foundation and the Rincon Band of Indiens Luiseño.
About the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
The mission of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of the arts and collaboration to strengthen Indigenous communities and promote positive social change with Native Americans, Indigenous people. Hawaiians and Alaskan Native Peoples in the United States. The Foundation has supported more than 300 artists and arts organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about the Indigenous Arts and Cultures Foundation, visit http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org.
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