About this Event
We live in one of the most Indigenous places in the entire United States. Arizona has the highest percentage of Indian land, the third highest population of American Indians, and the fifth highest number of federally recognized tribes. Phoenix itself has one of the highest percentages of American Indian and Alaska Natives within a metropolitan area. Given these figures, what are we doing as artists and culture workers to welcome and center this community? How can we create art, organize programs, and hold space to help repair and heal our state's colonial history?
In this presentation and workshop, join Melody Lewis and Turquoise Devereaux of the Indigenous Community Collaborative as they share
knowledge and resources for
creating culturally safe spaces for Native American communities in a way that highlights the complexity of lived experience and activates resiliency for future success. Beginning with the historical knowledge and worldview of Native American communities, attendees will develop concrete skills for alleviating their personal biases, supporting marginalized groups, and bringing greater empathy, understanding, and intentionality into their work.
To further enrich the experience and learn more about the specific history of Native Americans in Phoenix, the Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center will offer
a special tour for attendees before the event.
Intended primarily for individual artists, culture workers, educators, organizers, and board members, anyone who's interested in learning more about how to serve and support Native communities is welcome to attend.
Indigenizing Arts + Culture with Melody Lewis and Turquoise Skye Devereaux is
Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST at the Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center (300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012). Please note: while this event is in-person, a virtual option will be provided as well. Registrations are encouraged but not required. Feel free to drop in. This event is
open to the public and free.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Community Engagement and Programs Manager Jake Friedman at 602.534.7230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2012/dec/c2010br-10.pdf; https://usafacts.org/articles/how-the-native-american-population-changed-since-the-last-census/; https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/native-american-population