Come gather (in-person! outdoors!) and explore how Indigenous communities use their art to communicate and practice activism
Event is Friday, May 27, 2 p.m., at Tomaquag Museum, 390A Summit Rd., Exeter, RI
From visual language to activism our people have always used our voices and our surroundings to speak to one another and to the outside world. Come and share space with us at Tomaquag Museum to discuss how Indigenous communities use their art as voice and activism to tell our stories and how art created by our community is valued and used from storytelling to today’s small business structure. What does it mean to live in today’s world and what does it mean to honor our ancestors while walking in a modern world?
Presented by Samantha Cullen-Fry, the Indigenous Empowerment (IEN) Program Manager at Tomaquag Museum. Samantha’s role is to help facilitate relationships, through museum partnerships, that create a catalyst for economic change within the Native Community of Rhode Island. Many of the relationships formed have been with nonprofits in the state of Rhode Island. These partnerships focus on the various areas of interest in the community, including but not limited to theater, community-led initiatives, metalworking, pottery, education, business development, entrepreneurship, fish and wildlife, and many others. Samantha comes from a strong background in sales management. The creation of IEN was a calling for her to get back into the workforce after being a stay at home mom of her two beautiful girls. Her goal is to make a meaningful difference in her community through social justice and activism lens. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys attending Providence basketball games, listening to audiobooks, podcasts. She also enjoys gardening. Samantha is currently attending College Unbound in Providence obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Change.
This gathering is made possible through a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and Ministry of Future Access (MFA).
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