Indigenous Arts Mentorship in the Valley
Thursday, January 13, 2021
6:30 – 8 pm
In this online panel, leaders in the Indigenous arts and creative community will discuss their process, work and experiences with art and mentorship in western Massachusetts and beyond.
The panel includes:
Dan Shears: Beadworker, Traditional Hide Tanner, Birchbark Artisan and Member of the Nulhegan Abenaki
Deborah Spears Moorehead: Painter, Sculptor, Historian, Traditional Culture Bearer, Composer, Performer, Author and Member of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation
Jennifer Lee: Bark Basket Maker, Educator and enrolled with the Metis Nation of North America and the Northern Narragansetts
Liz Coldwind Santana Kiser: Elder, Council Woman, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians
This panel is a great opportunity to learn more about the joys and challenges of being an Indigenous artist in Western Massachusetts and beyond.
Moderated by David Brule, president of the Nolumbeka Project, Inc., member of the Nehantic Tribal Council and coordinator of the National Park Service study of the 1676 massacre at Peskeompskut.
Valley Arts Mentors supports artists in the Connecticut River Valley, connecting them with resources to help grow their practice. We provide new artists with the opportunity to work with experienced artists for extended periods of time, while creating a referral network and fostering resource sharing between affiliated artists and partnering organizations.
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In spring 2019, Shelburne Falls' Piti Theatre Company, Holyoke Media and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County received a planning grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA through their Valley Creates initiative to lay the groundwork for a new organization dedicated to supporting artists and arts organizations committed to mentoring young people.
Partner Organizations & Artists
A Shurman Edit
Ascendance Inner World Arts
Center for Design Engagement
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Eric Lemm, Guitarist
Girls Inc. of the Valley
Greater Holyoke YMCA
Greene Room Productions
Greenfield Public Library, Children’s Department
Greenfield Community Television
IzzyG and Company
Judy Kahooti Design
Laura Josephs, Pianist
Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
MIFA Victory Theatre
Northampton Community Music Center
Piti Theatre Company
Print Shop Inc.
Springfield Cultural Partnership
Wayne Smith, Cellist
Starlight Youth Theatre
Water Street Barn
Non-Arts Partner Organizations
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Pioneer Valley Network
Community Action Pioneer Valley, Youth Programs
Creative Economy Network
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield Public Library
Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts
MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board
Springfield Partners for Community Action
Donald M. Stevens Consulting
Valley Arts Mentors is supported by a grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ ValleyCreates Program, with funding from the Barr Foundation.
Valley Arts Mentors Webinar Series and Early Career Artist Mentoring programs are supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Ludlow, Northampton, Orange, Southampton, South Hadley, Springfield and Wilbraham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.