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Our Executive Director has returned for another stay at the DENVER ART MUSEUM – NATIVE ARTS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Action X Community X Togetherness
May 6–September 10, 2017
Former Native Arts Artists-in-Residence Walt Pourier , Melanie Yazzie, and Gregg Deal are returning to the museum for a one-of-a-kind collaborative project called Action X Community X Togetherness.
For the artists, the alumni residency offers a unique opportunity for cocreating. Though they work with their own unique mediums and styles, the trio was quick to find a central theme for this residency: art as a call to action and a catalyst for change.
Their exploration of this theme will drive a variety of joint projects including talks, tours, and workshops at Untitled Final Fridays (May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25), demonstrations at Free First Saturdays (May 6, June 3), and hands-on artmaking at the Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration (September 9).
Check out TransWorld production of our LEVIS Skateboarding / Stronghold Society story in 2015… nailed it. It is all about our youth… support them, instill some hope, inspire them… its a beautiful thing we got going on in Lakota Country… lets spread this across to other nations as well… Thank you always for your continued support, big things ahead in 2016. Lets rock!
Such an honor to have LEVIS support of our LIVE LIFE Call To Action Campaigns.
Levi’s Skateboarding proudly presents: ‘Skateboarding In Pine Ridge’, a documentary directed by Greg Hunt chronicling the skatepark build at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Pine Ridge is largely reported in the media as an impoverished community with a drug and alcohol epidemic and teen suicide rates seven to ten times greater than the National average. When the Levi’s team visited the reservation, they saw a community transformed. They found a generation inspired – a group of people championing each other through their collective actions.
LEVI’S Skateboarding, Imprint Projects, Farm League, Stronghold Society, Wounded Knee Skateboards, Jeff Ament and Vitalogy Foundation, Monk and Grindline Skateparks, Indy Trucks, Bones Wheels, Bryce Kanights & Triple Eight Helmets, BC Surf and Sport, Square State Skate, Satellite Board Shop, Garfield Steele, Wounded Knee District School, Conscious Alliance, Larry Pourier, Rob Lawrence, Pine Ridge Batch Plant, Oglala Lakota Country, our Lakota Skate Culture Youth …. best days ever.
ON THE REZ WITH THE LAKOTA SKATE CLUB
“By becoming skateboarders, kids join a worldwide community of all different types of people who accept you for who you are. It’s creative and inspires a unique, alternative perspective. While being inherently mischievous, it also creates a work ethic. It teaches kids to set and achieve goals. In every way, it makes a kid feel good about him or herself, with a constant yearning toward self-improvement, which is something that extends much further than merely the act of hopping around on a four-wheeled toy.”
Read more here, http://www.monsterchildren.com/37339/levis-south-dakota-build/
It was a great weekend for us in our Stronghold Society outreach efforts. For us it is about a community coming together and sharing in our “grand ideas”… meeting with all our supporters/friends and gaining new supporters/friends… the outreach was huge, as we connected with hundreds of people. It also gives us an opportunity to showcase new Stronghold support product, which helps us to fundraise for our LIVE LIFE programs. The new “support gear” will be posted here on our online store in case you missed the powwow. Once again, great year at the Denver March Powwow, we love this event.