Greenly Art Space Receives ACTA, Living Cultures Grant

The Canyon ChronicleBy The Canyon Chronicle      September 17, 2021

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Greenly Art Space Receives ACTA, Living Cultures Grant
Sunday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m.—Neshkinukat and the Greenly Art Space will hold the first virtual (Zoom) panel discussion on pottery with Neshkinukat artists Rowan Harrison, Maree Cheatham, Ana Rodriguez, and Carina King. Kat High of Topanga will moderate. These events are free and open to the public. Register at Greenlyartspace.org Greenly Art Space is honored to have been awarded the prestigious ACTA (Alliance for California Traditional Arts) Living Cultures Grant for its project, “Native American Artists: Traditional, Contemporary and Beyond,” and highlight Native American voices and traditions. For this project, Greenly Art Space will be partnering with Neshkinukat, a Native American Artist Collective, to facilitate a series of panel discussions among Native American Artists in the following artistic traditions: Beadwork, Pottery, Gourd Art, Basketry and Visual/Oral Storytelling. Panel participants will include Native American Artists working in both traditional and contemporary/urban modalities, and from a range of tribal backgrounds. The Living Cultures Grant Program was developed in 2004 to provide project grants to California’s diverse cultural community groups and non-profit organizations throughout the state to realize community-based projects aimed at strengthening a sense of place, fostering traditional creativity, and ensuring cultural continuity. Neshkinukat leader and panel moderator Kat High states that, “Native Americans are now less than 1% of the population and many are relocated to city settings. This will be an opportunity to have Native artists share their experience and struggles to retain that connection, with that spirit, and reinforce it in our youth. The five topics reflect the continued connection to the land, to the culture, and to the traditions of these artists, both urban and rural. The methods of passing on these arts reflects adaptation to relocation and the challenges of our modern world.” Kat High is a Native Californian of Hupa descent. She served as the Director and Program Coordinator for the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center for over 15 years. Kat is an advisor to the Satwiwa American Indian Cultural Center, The Autry National Center, and the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. Kat is a member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association, and Neshkinukat, the California Indian artists network. Future panel discussions include: “Gourds” on October 24, at 11 a.m.; “Basketry,” November 7, at 11 a.m.; “Beadwork” on November 21, at 11 a.m.; and “Storytelling” on December 19, at 11 a.m. The project will culminate with a curated fine-art gallery exhibition featuring selected artwork from panel participants opening at Greenly Art Space on January 22, 2022. All activities will be presented online; the exhibition will also be available for in-person viewing during open hours if current restrictions allow it. Get free tickets to these events through Greenlyartspace.org. The gallery is located at 2690 Junipero Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755, (562) 533-4020. n Greenly Art Space is a non-profit community art space located in Signal Hill, CA. Since its inception in 2010, it has focused on providing a space for creativity, contemplation, and community and relies on patrons, volunteers, and donations to operate and provide community-based art programs.
The Canyon Chronicle
      September 17, 2021

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