Centering Justice Symposium Session #3: Thinking Big: Visions for the Future of Native Artists in Public Art

Nipmuc corn growing in Lowell, photo by Erin Genia


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Indigenous artists’ interventions in public space create openings that can bring profound physical, psychological, and symbolic healing to colonized people and places; and yet, there are few Indigenous artists working in the field of public art. What has to change so that Indigenous artists and cultural workers can have equal access to public art opportunities? How can we address systemic racism and cultural supremacy in the field of arts and culture, particularly in public art, to create pathways for Indigenous artists to do their important work in public space?

Guest Speakers

Eight photo collage of the guest speakers.
top, left to right: Elizabeth James-Perry, Bruce Curliss, Jenny Oliver, and Robert Peters. Bottom, left to right: Courtney M. Leonard, Tahnee Ahtoneharjo Growingthunder, Jonathan James-Perry, and Nia Holley.
  • Elizabeth James-Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag

  • Bruce Curliss, Nipmuc

  • Jenny Oliver, Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag

  • Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag

  • Courtney M. Leonard, Shinnecock

  • Tahnee Ahtoneharjo Growingthunder, Kiowa

  • Jonathan James-Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag

  • Nia Holley, Nipmuc

  • Facilitator: Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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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