AICHO hosted the closing of the Exchange Exhibit on May 18th at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center with an artist talk and reception. The exhibit ran from the 5th until its closing, with a focus on unifying 5 different communities from across Minnesota. The photos and videos of the exhibit span a two decade stretch and tell the stories of local communities in digital form. Forty pieces were presented, with featured artists from Red Lake, Leech Lake, Bois Forte, Saint Paul and Crookston, Minnesota. This multifaceted gallery was also a celebration of art itself, meant to encourage an appreciation for community-based arts, and the artists' stunning work represents this.
This exhibit was a part of the larger Exchange Tour, a series of exhibits and screenings dedicated to the sharing of stories and appreciation of the arts. Special thanks to In Progress, the nonprofit organization at the heart of the exhibition. More information can be found on In Progress and the Exchange Tour at http://in-progress.org.
The curators from each community are as follows:
Reyna Lussier- Red Lake Nation
Karen Norris-Barret- Red Lake Nation
Nicole Staples- Leech Lake Reservation
Christina Rodriguez- Crookston
Maria Arguelles- Crookston
Melissa Vang- Saint Paul
Katherina Vang- Saint Paul
Cecilia Martinez- Bois Forte Nation
We are grateful to all the participating artists and were glad to welcome their work to the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center.
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