We're happy to announce that we received two grants recently from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council!
Our Art Project Grant funding will be used this year to bring back Let's See What You See! The premise of this exhibit is to host an event that is engaging to people from all corners of the community and that encourages them to think creatively about a given prompt. Artistically speaking, this exhibit focuses primarily on the participant’s ability to capture a concept or idea, regardless the technology used.
For details on how to submit, check out our Call for Entries: Let's See What You See Cellphone Photo Exhibit event page.
Meanwhile, our Arts Learning Grant funding will go to fund a series of workshops for native youth focused on arts through the culinary application. Participants will learn about what makes a food Wild and/or Indigenous, why these foods are important, how seasons determine what foods are available locally; they will participate in preparation and taste-testing of ingredients in a Wild and Indigenous Foods Lab type of setting, and craft a recipe using wild-harvested plants and/or locally sourced fruits and vegetables. We'll be unveiling all of our youth's creations this summer
Congratulations to the following #Phenomenal Woman Award recipients who were honored on Saturday, March 10 at AICHO: Mary Ann Walt, Victoria Ybanez, Marlene Diver, Karen Diver, Sarah Curtiss, Laurel Sanders, Wendy Savage, Karen Savage, Tawny Smith Savage, and Jara McLarren. This is a diverse group of women who are being recognized for their consistent support of and involvement at AICHO, as well as their efforts to address various barriers in the community.
The award ceremony coincided with our latest art exhibition featuring artwork created solely by artists who identify as both women and a person of color (Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and/or Asian), on view until April 9. Check out next month's newsletter for a recap of the opening night!
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Karen Savage taught a group of six Gimaajii youth how to make a hand drum. Virgil Sohm did a ceremony first and talked for the drums, tobacco and feast food. Then he talked about the cultural significance of the drums and told the youth how to take care of the drum. Then he sang a song. He also taught the class some Ojibwe words associated with the drum and the feast food. Wendy Savage was there and helped the youth with their drums and drum sticks. This was a great cultural and educational session and the youth were patient and happy during the whole session. A few weeks ago, AICHO staff presented tobacco to a Fond du Lac elder in regards to hosting a session such as this and that elder got back to us and approved it, and told us how we should conduct the session with a ceremony first.
Photos by Ivy Vainio.
AICHO hosted presenters Delina White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Joy Campaigne, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, presenting a photographic journey of their year-long mentorship; "The Importance of Sharing Inter-generational Cultural and Traditional Knowledge through Art." Guests who registered were able to create and take home their very own applique project.
Photos by Ivy Vainio.
A Rosy Simas Danse production - this dance performance was the last showing of Skin(s). AICHO was one of several places around the United States to host the show; it was intense, beautiful and a moving experience on so many levels for the audience. We're grateful to have been given the opportunity to bring such a high quality performance to Duluth!
Photos by Ivy Vainio and Moira Villiard.
On March 11 - 14, AICHO Property Manager, Cheryl Stone and AICHO Children’s Program Coordinator, Katie Hanson, attended the Enterprise Spring Retreat in Charleston, West Virginia. Relationships were built and ideas were discussed as we toured and learned more about Coalfield Development’s projects, and got updates about how other grant recipients’ projects are going. Learning about Coalfield Development’s model for running social enterprises was particularly relevant as AICHO looks into developing social enterprises.
Photos by Katie Hanson.
Brave Art one-day exhibit brought in a substantial crowd and featured performances and artwork by young people across the region. The event was sponsored by PAVSA, YWCA, AICHO, Duluth Trafficking Task Force, MN Department of Health, Lost Forty Design.
Photo by Abigail Sherman.
On March 7, Climate and Cultural Resiliency Coordinator Ivy Vainio and AICHO Executive Director Michelle LeBeau presented a 1.5 hour long informational presentation focused on “Sustainability and Solar Initiatives at AICHO” and provided a tour of our rooftop solar array to 40 members of the Izaak Walton League - McCabe Chapter. This organization previously donated funds for our solar array.
Photo by Ivy Vainio.
Dan Girmus, director of Oyate, came and spoke at last month's free film screening! It was a beautiful film and we were glad to host him. Thanks to the Duluth Superior Film Festival and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for sponsoring our free monthly movie screenings.
Catch our next film here!
Photo by Moira Villiard.
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