Centering Justice Symposium Session #2: Impacts of Cultural Appropriation on Native Arts in Public Space

Pennacook Emblem for “Salem’s Connected World,” by Elizabeth James-Perry, 2015


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Issues of cultural appropriation, authenticity and privileging the Western gaze have contributed to a host of challenges that Native artists must navigate when working in the public sphere. How can public arts practitioners develop strategies to address these issues? What are some methods that can be used to create and maintain relationships with tribes and tribal artists to create equity in public art? Speakers will discuss these questions to unpack and address some of the complexities of Indigenous arts in public space.

Guest Speakers

Three indoor headshots of women wearing muted tones.
from left: Elizabeth James Perry, Tahnee Ahtoneharjo Growingthunder, and Erin Genia
  • Elizabeth James-Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag

  • Tahnee Ahtoneharjo Growingthunder, Kiowa

  • Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

  • Kerri Helme, Mashpee Wampanoag

  • Facilitator: Kim Szeto

Centering Justice Symposium

This event is part of a virtual symposium, Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Art in Public Space (September 23-24, 2020) featuring Indigenous artists’ and cultural practitioners’ critical perspectives on art and public space, and the intertwined economic, ecological, cultural, and social justice dimensions.


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