Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Public Art is a new series of conversations organized in collaboration with NEFA’s Public Art team. Developed as a unique framework for disrupting harmful historic narratives and interrogating the ongoing legacy and impacts of settler colonization in our region, the series will present critical perspectives on issues surrounding public space, including the intertwined economic, ecological, cultural, and social justice dimensions. 

Beginning with blog interviews featuring Indigenous artists from local, regional and national tribal communities, followed by a public, web-based symposium, Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Public Art will explore such questions as: How is public space defined in a settler-colonial state? How does land theft continue to impact tribal communities? What methods can we use to end institutional racism and lasting colonial mechanisms that govern our societal systems? Drawing upon these discussions and creative visioning, the series will conclude with a collaborative public art installation. 

Through this series, artists and audiences will consider how to address Indigenous peoples’ ongoing invisibility in the public sphere through art and the creative process and generate momentum to increase understanding and build relationships that can bring about vital transformational change. 

To learn more about Public Art at NEFA visit the Public Art Program Page.

Blog Series – Summer/Fall 2020 

400 years later - an Indigenous artist's perspective  

By Erin Genia | July 9, 2020 

“This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of settlers from Plymouth, England, to the shores of Patuxet, which is today known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. The anniversary is being celebrated by the Pilgrim’s descendants and those who have settled here in recent generations. However, for the Indigenous people of this land, it will not be a time of celebration, but one of grief.” 

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More guest bloggers will be contributing soon.

Virtual Symposium - Fall 2020

More information coming soon.

Collaborative Public Art Project 

More information coming soon.


For more information about other elements of NEFA’s Public Art programs, visit:

Public Art program

For more information about resources for Native Artists, visit:

Native American Arts resources


The Centering Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Public Art collaboration is made possible by funding from the Barr Foundation and the Fund for the Arts, an endowed fund at NEFA. 

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