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April Community Day

April 28 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

April Community Day
April 28, 12 – 4 pm, FREE

In a Good Way: An Inter-Tribal Powwow Celebrating the Reinstallation of the Native American Art Galleries

Join the Speed as we celebrate the reinstallation of the Native American Art Galleries. This special day will be filled with Indigenous-led programming, art, food, and fellowship. 


12-1: A public conversation with Dr. Meranda Roberts (Paiute) who will discuss her collaboration with the Curator of the Speed Art Museum’s recently reinstalled Native American Collection, Dr. fari nzinga, and Curatorial Intern, Sirene Martin.

1:30-3:30: Art-making activity is lead by local artist Tone Vallejo (Tanio) who will share about Taino symbols and give participants the opportunity to draw (with posca markers) the ancient symbols onto rocks and learn how to tell a story with the symbols

1-4: Inter-Tribal Pow Wow with Singers and Dancers representing 8 categories of Pow Wow dance styles. An Honor Song for the Speed Art Museum will begin at 2 pm

1-4: Food for Sale: Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos and 3 Sisters Soup

1-4: Native artists will be selling their work and demonstrating their processes


Additionally, throughout the day there will be vendor market where Indigenous artisans will sell and demonstrate their process of making their works. Guest Chef Lauri Lake- Navajo (Diné) will be selling Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos, and other delicious treats. There will be an art-making workshop for the whole family led by local artist, Tone (Taíno).

This reimagined presentation of Native American art and the Community Day celebrating it, were created in partnership with both a Curatorial Advisory Council as well as an Indigenous Community Advisory Council.  

The Curators would like to thank Anya Montiel (Tohono O’odham), Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), Curator of Native American Art at the Eiteljorg Museum; heather ahtone (Chickasaw), Director of Curatorial Affairs at the First Americans Museum; and Ms. Melinda Pennell Perez (Seneca) for their contributions to the acquisitions, display and interpretation of the Native American collection at the Speed. The Speed also would like to thank the following members of the Indigenous Community Advisory Council for sharing their expertise, knowledge, and culture to make this day possible: Alicia Fox (Shawnee, Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Mashantucket Pequot, Mashpee Wampanoag), Amanda Winstead Fox (Hidatsa from the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota), Cindy Isbell (Cherokee), Harold Whitehorse Thompson (Lakota Rosebud Reservation), Meredith Delmindo (Cherokee), Mike Tolbert (Anishinaabe), Nicole Whitebear Robey (Winnebago-Hōcąk), Nina Fox (Shawnee, Cherokee), Paula Running Sicangu Tolbert (Lakota Rosebud Reservation), Roger Campbell (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux), Shauntrice Martin (Choctaw) and The Kentucky American Indian Resource and Community Center.   


April 28
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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