RIEAP Alumni Consultant Program offers mentoring to the latest cohort

On April 21, Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program alumnus Chief Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson and Denise Barge hosted a workshop for the 2019-2022 RIEAP Cohort. They brought with them insightful knowledge and guidance on LLC’s, nonprofits, and alternative business. Workshops such as theirs are specifically designed to meet the needs of individual organizations within the RIEAP Cohort.

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Denise Barge
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Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson

Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, a RIEAP Alumni Consultant, is the Clan Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. The Pocasset Tribe’s reservation called Wattupa is based in Fall River. Chief  Jamieson has been the Drum Director of the Eastern Medicine Singers for the last 13 years, and the CEO of Eastern Medicine Cultural LLC, a for-profit company. He runs Black Eagle Productions, a new media and music company promoting culture and music productions. For more information about the Eastern Medicine Singers click here.

Denise Barge is the proprietor of Barge & Associates, LLC, (established in 2009) which provides planning, management and operational consulting to nonprofits and small business owners seeking assistance in starting, growing or sustaining their organizations and companies.

RIEAP Alumni Consultant Program was developed to recognize the important role the alumni play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development. Having gone through the program, the alumni continue their leadership role as culturally sensitive consultants who share their knowledge while mentoring the new cohort to become future leaders. It also serves as a professional development opportunity for the alumni. This program becomes an incubator for consultants of color from Africa, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Native American (ALAANA) communities.

For more information about the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, visit the website or click here.

Spotlight: A conversation with the Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum

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Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum

To learn more about Lorén M. Spears’ work at the Tomaquag Museum, the RI Expansion Arts Program sat down with Lorén, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum and a member of the RI Arts Council. She holds a master’s in Education and received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Rhode Island for her dedicated work. She is an author, traditional artist and shares her cultural knowledge with the public through museum programs.

RIEAP: You have served so many roles in the community. What have been some of the most meaningful moments during your career as an educator, activist, author and/or artist?

Lorén: The most meaningful moment was the creation of the Nuweetooun School. It was impactful for my own personal children, other tribal children and children in general attending the school. I think that was important as it integrated all the things I do as an educator, activist, and traditional knowledge person or someone who passes down information from one generation to another. In the Tomaquag Museum, I also play an external role through the work I do with the creation of the Indigenous Empowerment Network, which is intended to create opportunity for Indigenous people through job training and development, entrepreneurship, educational and cultural opportunities in the arts, traditional cultural knowledge, environmental sustainability and advocacy. One of my most important roles is acting as a bridge between the Indigenous community and their cultural knowledge to the general public. Through the Tomaquag Museum and the Indigenous Empowerment Network, we act as a bridge for the Native community but also educate through our programs, partnership, collaboration, and professional development on cultural competency, anti-racism, equity and justice.

Read the rest of the interview and learn more about the Tomaquag Museum’s origin and its new 18 acre expansion.

India Association of Rhode Island puts an artistic touch on a cultural evening called Holi

Virtual celebration is on March 14 at 6 on Facebook and YouTube Live

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The India Association of Rhode Island will host its first Virtual Celebration of 2021 featuring cultural organizations from Rhode Island and performing artists from Massachusetts. Called Shades of Holi— An Arts Festival Celebrating Diverse New England Artists, the event embraces diverse cultures and strengthens intercultural dialogue with the artist community.

Holi (pronounced Ho- lee) is being held virtually on Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube Live.  Planned are various forms of Performing Arts such as music groups, poetry, puppetry, singing, Indian dances, storytelling, master instrumentalists and singers. In addition, the event will feature award-winning poet Sunayana Kachroo, whose film Illegal made the Oscars’ list of eligible for Best Picture. She wrote the dialogue and songs for the film.

“This celebration will help strengthen intercultural dialogue with the Massachusetts Arts community. At the same time, diverse Rhode Island organizations will be participating like Hmong Rhode Island Association, RI Black Storytellers, Korean American Association of Rhode Island and Puerto Rico Institute of Arts and Advocacy will represent different shades of RI’s cultural fabric and a true reflection of Holi, symbolic of peace and unity. This dream would not have realized without support of staunch volunteers and funding agencies RISCA and RIF,” Secretary and Grant Director Smriti Gupta said.

“Holi for IARI has always been a festival of community celebrations, colors, fun and unity. While we all can not physically come together, we have this diverse multicultural event bringing different communities’ talents and art making. We are really excited for this event and to host such an eclectic group of multi-ethnic talent,” said Vice President Dr. Parul Shah.

For more information and event related postings, click Here.