Lucy Cannon Neel, Chairperson of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs presented at the Benson Village School on December 21, 2016. Lucy shared about the history and continued presence of Native Americans in what is now the state of Vermont. The students experienced traditional cultural materials as well; they were even able to drum (video below)!
Basket by Jeremy Frey, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, Maine.
The second annual fellowship program to help Wabanaki artists promote their work within the greater artistic communities has been announced by the Abbe Museum and Dawnland LLC.
Three fellowships will be awarded to provide support for travel, lodging and other costs associated with exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico. The submission deadline is midnight April 15.
The fellowships are part of the museum’s “efforts to foster and promote contemporary Wabanaki art in both a regional and national context,” said Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko.
Full article at the Mount Desert Islander.
From the Portland Press Herald: The Portland Museum of Art Biennial, “You Can’t Get There From Here,” opens Thursday and, for the first time since the museum began its every-other-year survey of contemporary art in Maine in 1998, it includes art made by Maine’s Wabanaki Indians. Baskets by Secord, Jeremy Frey, George Neptune and Sarah Sockbeson are among the works of 32 artists chosen for the exhibition.
The Biennial Exhibition opens Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 and runs through Jan. 3, 2016, at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine. Info: 207-775-6148 or portlandmuseum.org
The Art Encompassed blog takes a look at the cultural and material treasures carefully maintained and displayed at this singular regional institution, with special emphasis on Abenaki basketmaking. The panoply of exhibits honor not only the heritage of the past but the creation of the future by contemporary Native American artists.