Nov
15
to Jan 11

Kanani Miyamoto at Feast Arts Center

In partnership with yəhaw̓, Feast Arts Center in Tacoma will be hosting a series of solo exhibitions by Indigenous artists this winter:

  • November 15 - January 11: Kanani Miyamoto
  • January 17 - February 15: Lehuauakea Fernandez
  • February 21 - March 16: Catherine Cross Uehara

Each exhibition will open with a reception on Third Thursday evenings. Check www.feastarts.com for gallery hours and exhibition details.

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Dec
1
to Mar 3

Elizabeth LaPensée at Hedreen Gallery

Free and Open to the Public

This winter, Hedreen Gallery hosts an interactive gaming hub in which artist Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe, Métis, settler-Irish) rewires the architecture of contemporary gaming imaginations in ways that center, iterate and mainstream Indigenous ways of knowing. Join us during our regular gallery hours (Wed-Sat 1-6pm) or for one of our special exhibition programs:

opening celebration - Saturday Dec 1, 2018 2-5pm
artist lecture & reception - January 9th, 2019 6-9pm

heart of the game highlights the work of Elizabeth LaPensée, a prolific artist, writer, designer and scholar who foregrounds Indigenous self-determination and Indigenous sovereignty through game design, game development and game play. Featuring a variety of games in both digital and non-digital platforms, this exhibition celebrates LaPensée's many innovative roles and interventions in game design, including: producing and designing original game architecture, writing backdrops for game-play, organizing teams of Indigenous writers for collaborative game development, producing original artwork and more. In addition to learning about the design and context of a wide range of LaPensée’s games, gallery visitors will have the opportunity to play the side-scroller game Thunderbird Strike, i-pad Singing game Honour Water, table-top role-playing game Dialect and several test levels from When Rivers Were Trails, an Indigenous take on Oregon Trail, which will be released in early 2019.

heart of the game is a satellite exhibition in collaboration with yəhaw̓, an open call exhibition featuring over 200 Indigenous creatives opening at Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s King Street Station Gallery in 2019. For full information and events listings: www.yehawshow.com

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, Métis named for Elizabeth Morris, and settler-Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

Most recently, she designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a lightning-searing side-scroller game which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She also designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. Her work also includes analog games, such as The Gift of Food (2014), a board game about Northwest Native traditional foods.

She is co-editor of the comic collections Deer Woman: An Anthology (2017) and Sovereign Traces Volume 1: Not (Just) (An)Other (2018) and editor of Sovereign Traces Volume 2: Relational Constellation (2019).

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Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through the end of 2018. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Follow @yehawshow and join our facebook events for updates on each session.

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Jan
17
to Feb 15

Lehuauakea Fernandez at Feast Arts Center

In partnership with yəhaw̓, Feast Arts Center in Tacoma will be hosting a series of solo exhibitions by Indigenous artists this winter:

  • November 15 - January 11: Kanani Miyamoto
  • January 17 - February 15: Lehuauakea Fernandez
  • February 21 - March 16: Catherine Cross Uehara

Each exhibition will open with a reception on Third Thursday evenings. Check www.feastarts.com for gallery hours and exhibition details.

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Art Encounter at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

In collaboration with yəhaw̓, the Seattle Art Museum is thrilled to work with a yəhaw̓-affiliated artist to activate the Olympic Sculpture Park during the winter season. The residency artist will use the PACCAR Pavilion’s Art Lab space to rehearse, workshop, and realize projects associated with the practice of performance, social sculpture, and collective participation. Projects will be related to the themes of art and the environment, central to programming at the olympic Sculpture Park. The two-month residency will result in two free public programs called Art Encounters on the evenings of January 25 and February 22.

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Feb
21
to Mar 15

Catherine Cross Uehara at Feast Arts Center

In partnership with yəhaw̓, Feast Arts Center in Tacoma will be hosting a series of solo exhibitions by Indigenous artists this winter:

  • November 15 - January 11: Kanani Miyamoto
  • January 17 - February 15: Lehuauakea Fernandez
  • February 21 - March 16: Catherine Cross Uehara

Each exhibition will open with a reception on Third Thursday evenings. Check www.feastarts.com for gallery hours and exhibition details.

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Art Encounter at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

In collaboration with yəhaw̓, the Seattle Art Museum is thrilled to work with a yəhaw̓-affiliated artist to activate the Olympic Sculpture Park during the winter season. The residency artist will use the PACCAR Pavilion’s Art Lab space to rehearse, workshop, and realize projects associated with the practice of performance, social sculpture, and collective participation. Projects will be related to the themes of art and the environment, central to programming at the olympic Sculpture Park. The two-month residency will result in two free public programs called Art Encounters on the evenings of January 25 and February 22.

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Dec
1
11:30 AM11:30

Indigenous Family Day, Artists in Residence Panel, Rumble Film Screening

Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a day full of Indigenous creativity at the Seattle Public Library to celebrate the conclusion of their partnership with yəhaw̓:

Indigenous Family Day: Art-making & More

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A special day of art, culture, and creativity celebrating families. Meet local Indigenous artists and makers, and create treasures to bring home. Featuring artists Fern Naomi Renville, Margaret Morris, and Raven Raven Julia Juarez.

yəhaw̓ Artist in Residence Panel

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Join the library's Artists in Residence - Native Kut, Roldy Aguero Ablao, and Fox Spears - for a panel discussion moderated by curator Denise Emerson. Celebrate the closing weekend of yəhaw̓'s exhibit THIS OUR HOME, WHERE WE BELONG and our artists in residence.

Free Screening - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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Nov
24
11:00 AM11:00

Fox Anthony Spears - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Fox Spears (Karuk)

Onsite Saturdays Nov. 10, 17, 24, 11am-5pm

Ready to follow the river? Spend time with printmaker Fox Spears whose arts will center around the theme of water - relationships that plants, animals, and humans have formed with rivers over time. Fox’s inspiration comes from the Klamath River, where his Karuk ancestors lived since time immemorial, as well as the river systems in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about pattern making with Fox on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Blue Jay Brings Back the Moon - A Na’ah Illahee Fund Event

$25 ticket, includes dinner


yəhaw̓ will be curating the art market vendors for Na'ah Illahee Fund's annual celebration of Native arts and culture.

Blue Jay, Northwest Coast Salish tribes' trickster character, who through his antics brings us laughter, pranks, and yes, even powerful lessons. In this traditional story from the Snoqualmie people, the cunning Blue Jay ventures out to bring Snoqual the Moon -- the Transformer, who has been kidnapped by the Dog Salmon people and taken to the Sky world, back to Earth to help prepare for the humans to arrive.

Join Na'ah Illahee Fund, a Seattle-based Native women-led nonprofit organization as they fill the evening with Native American culture and community spirit! 4:00 PM Reception with Art Show and Holiday Marketplace featuring local Native artists and beautiful handmade textiles from the Shipibo Indigenous women of the Amazon Rainforest!

The festive evening program, 6:00 - 8:30 PM:
* A delicious organic/locally sourced dinner featuring traditional indigenous foods of the Americas
* Na'ah Illahee will be awarding their fifth annual Spirit of Indigenous Leadership award
* Presentations from the the Yahowt and Youth Programs
* Presentations from Grantee Partners of the Ahdanehi Women's Giving Circle.

To purchase a ticket: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3738898

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Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Fox Anthony Spears - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Fox Spears (Karuk)

Onsite Saturdays Nov. 10, 17, 24, 11am-5pm

Ready to follow the river? Spend time with printmaker Fox Spears whose arts will center around the theme of water - relationships that plants, animals, and humans have formed with rivers over time. Fox’s inspiration comes from the Klamath River, where his Karuk ancestors lived since time immemorial, as well as the river systems in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about pattern making with Fox on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through the end of 2018. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Follow @yehawshow and join our facebook events for updates on each session.

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Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Fox Anthony Spears - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Fox Spears (Karuk)

Onsite Saturdays Nov. 10, 17, 24, 11am-5pm

Ready to follow the river? Spend time with printmaker Fox Spears whose arts will center around the theme of water - relationships that plants, animals, and humans have formed with rivers over time. Fox’s inspiration comes from the Klamath River, where his Karuk ancestors lived since time immemorial, as well as the river systems in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about pattern making with Fox on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders

Free and Open to the Public
http://events.spl.org/129734935/HonoringtheWisdomofOurElders

This is your special invitation to attend a program dedicated to celebrating the wisdom of our elders who generously share their lived experiences, knowledge and stories with us, we leave space to recognize those who have worked from time immemorial until now to keep Indigenous legacies alive. This program is free and open to the public. Featuring: Jackie Swanson (Muckleshoot/Duwamish), Peg Deam (Suquamish), John Mullen (Snoqualmie). Organized by Ellany Kayce (Tlingit) and Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha).

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Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Roldy Aguero Ablao - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Roldy Aguero Ablao (Chamoru)

Onsite Saturdays Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 11am-5pm

Did you know ‘eco’ means home? Join mixed-media artist and storyteller Roldy Ablao as they create artworks inspired by stories of home and connections to Indigeneity and environmental justice. Drop by the studio to help Roldy and their guest collaborators make space to build deeper connections through creativity on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

yəhaw̓ and Native Works at Pioneer Square Art Walk

Free and Open to the Public
AND Free Parking 5-10 PM at select garages with pass
https://www.pioneersquare.org/experiences/first-thursday-art-walk


yəhaw̓ is partnering with Native Works by Chief Seattle Club to host a special exhibition during the November 1st Pioneer Square Art Walk in Seattle.

This event is in conjunction with the renewed participation of Chief Seattle Club in regular monthly Art Walks, and the launch of the Native Work's design contest inviting Indigenous creatives to submit artwork to be featured in future Native Works merchandise.

The theme of this exhibition is 'Indigenous Futures". To learn more about Native Works by Chief Seattle Club visit nativeworkscsc.org.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Roldy Aguero Ablao - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Roldy Aguero Ablao (Chamoru)

Onsite Saturdays Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 11am-5pm

Did you know ‘eco’ means home? Join mixed-media artist and storyteller Roldy Ablao as they create artworks inspired by stories of home and connections to Indigeneity and environmental justice. Drop by the studio to help Roldy and their guest collaborators make space to build deeper connections through creativity on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Lettuce 253

Lettuce Part 12

$15 Cash at the Door, 21+

In partnership with yəhaw̓, Lettuce will feature Blackfeet artist Raven Juarez, and Mexika-Tenochca artist Ixtli White Hawk, during their October event. Artists creating work live! All pieces are raffled off at the end of the night. Food, Drinks, Music, Arts and Crafts! A night for genuine conversations and sparks of connection.



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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Roldy Aguero Ablao - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Roldy Aguero Ablao (Chamoru)

Onsite Saturdays Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 11am-5pm

Did you know ‘eco’ means home? Join mixed-media artist and storyteller Roldy Ablao as they create artworks inspired by stories of home and connections to Indigeneity and environmental justice. Drop by the studio to help Roldy and their guest collaborators make space to build deeper connections through creativity on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through the end of 2018. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Follow @yehawshow and join our facebook events for updates on each session.

 

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Oct
16
11:00 AM11:00

Native Kut - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Native Kut: Pah-tu Pitt (Warm Springs & Wasco) and Sean Gallagher (King Island Inupiat)

Onsite Tuesdays Oct. 2, 9, 16 11am-5pm

Does water move you? Native Kut, a dynamic duo made up of artists Pah-tu and Sean, will be exploring water in conservation. Throughout October, they will be in the 8th floor gallery doing printmaking and wood carving demos inspired by Indigenous water rights on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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Oct
13
to Oct 14

Native Art Mart - Tacoma Studio Tour

Native Art Mart - Tacoma Studio Tour

Open Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-4, October 13-14, 2018

Free and Open to the Public

Come check out our Native art mart, and stop by Alma Mater's gallery and restaurant while you're here. Tacoma-based Indigenous artists will display and sell their work in a range of media, including basketry, carving, beadwork, textiles, and more.

Featured Artists:
Nancy Burgess
Priscilla Dobler
Roxann Murray
Paige Pettibon
Philip Red Eagle
Erin, Eli, and Asia Tail

This event hosted by yəhaw̓ is part of the Tacoma Arts Commission's Tacoma Studio Tour. Visit 80 artists at 47 studios across Tacoma! Each studio provides a hands-on demonstration and you might be able to take art home with you. Learn more at tacomaartsmonth.com.

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Oct
9
11:00 AM11:00

Native Kut - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Native Kut: Pah-tu Pitt (Warm Springs & Wasco) and Sean Gallagher (King Island Inupiat)

Onsite Tuesdays Oct. 2, 9, 16 11am-5pm

Does water move you? Native Kut, a dynamic duo made up of artists Pah-tu and Sean, will be exploring water in conservation. Throughout October, they will be in the 8th floor gallery doing printmaking and wood carving demos inspired by Indigenous water rights on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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Oct
6
to Dec 9

Coast Salish Exhibition at the Seattle Public Library

This Is Our Home, Where We Belong
The exhibit will feature the original artwork of five Coast Salish women exploring environmental justice, identity, and place. The project’s curator Denise Emerson is also Coast Salish, of the Twana people, and this is her first curatorial project.

Featured Artists:

Caroline Edwards (Swinomish)

Denise Emerson (Diné/Twana)

Karen Engel (Shoalwater Bay)

Kimberly Miller (Skokomish)

Abbey Pierson (Cowlitz)

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Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Yəhaw̓ Native Art Mart - Tacoma Studio Tour

Come check out our Native art mart, and stop by Alma Mater's gallery and restaurant while you're here. Tacoma-based Indigenous artists will display and sell their work in a range of media, including basketry, carving, beadwork, textiles, and more.

Open Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
253.336.6477, info@yehawshow.com
yehawshow.com

Featured Artists:
Nancy Burgess
Priscilla Dobler
Lisa Fruichantie
Roxann Murray
Paige Pettibon
Philip Red Eagle
Erin and Eli Tail

This event is part of the Tacoma Arts Commission's Tacoma Studio Tour. Visit 80 artists at 47 studios across Tacoma! Each studio provides a hands-on demonstration and you might be able to take art home with you. Learn more at tacomaartsmonth.com.

This Tacoma Studio Tour is hosted by yəhaw̓ - an exhibition at King Street Station opening January 2019 and an accompanying project series celebrating the depth and diversity of Indigenous art across the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.

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Oct
2
11:00 AM11:00

Native Kut - Artist in Residence at the Seattle Public Library

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the library. During October and November, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery at the Central Library for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.

Native Kut: Pah-tu Pitt (Warm Springs & Wasco) and Sean Gallagher (King Island Inupiat)

Onsite Tuesdays Oct. 2, 9, 16 11am-5pm

Does water move you? Native Kut, a dynamic duo made up of artists Pah-tu and Sean, will be exploring water in conservation. Throughout October, they will be in the 8th floor gallery doing printmaking and wood carving demos inspired by Indigenous water rights on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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Sep
27
to Sep 30

yəhaw̓ at the Race and Pedagogy Conference

  • University of Puget Sound (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You Are on Indigenous Land is a graphic image campaign created by artist and activist Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) and distributed through many evolving iterations across the country. To create the graphics, Rector utilizes portraits of contemporary Indigenous community members or photographs of local environments, accompanied by text reminding viewers that they are on Indigenous land, with specific tribal territories referenced based on installation location. The graphics are printed and posted across cities, shared via social media, and projected on buildings. With a message at once simple and profound, Rector reminds us that Native peoples are still here, and that all the lands of what is now known as the United States remain culturally, socially, spiritually, ethically Indigenous.

For the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Conference, in partnership with yəhaw̓, Rector has created a temporary site-specific installation of the You Are on Indigenous Land campaign. Posters will be distributed across campus so that conference visitors are repeatedly confronted with the message that they are guests on the ancestral territories of the Puyallup people.

This installation is hosted by yəhaw̓ - an exhibition at Seattle's King Street Station opening in January 2019 that will feature the work of over 200 Indigenous creatives. Leading up to the exhibition, yəhaw̓ will host a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, and public programs across 20 partner sites. Curated by Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the incredible depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com, or follow @yehawshow on Instagram and Facebook.

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Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through the end of 2018. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Follow @yehawshow and join our facebook events for updates on each session.

 

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Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Artist Trust/Amazon Pop-Up Market

Indigenous artists from the upcoming yəhaw̓ exhibition will share a booth at an outdoor pop-up art market presented by Artist Trust in partnership with Amazon on Wednesday, September 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Amazon Van Vorst Plaza in South Lake Union. Featuring local artists showing and selling work, plus live performances and arts activities, this pop-up is part of Amazon’s programming for employees and the South Lake Union community.

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Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Monthly Co-Working Sessions in Tacoma

yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through the end of 2018. All Indigenous creatives are welcome to come use the studio space for free for their own projects, and there will be new drop-in group activities led by guest artists each month. Art supplies will be provided.

Sessions are held in the 2nd floor studios at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA.

Follow @yehawshow and join our facebook events for updates on each session.

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Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

A Nation Is a Massacre at King Street Station - Demian DinéYazhi' and R.I.S.E

FREE - Open to the Public - All Ages - Bring items to silkscreen

A Nation is a Massacre creates awareness about ongoing settler-induced violence against Indigenous bodies. Presented here is the project’s newest version, adapted for King Street Station by artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and its founder Demian DinéYazhi’, in collaboration with yəhaw̓.

Text and image-based posters from A Nation is a Massacre will be screen-printed on site and distributed for free to the public. Visitors are invited to bring their own shirts, totes, patches, flags, or other memorabilia to have printed. The Indigenous Vote booth will also be present for new voter registrations.

On the occasion of the fourth annual Seattle Art Fair, with the influx of visitors it brings onto Coast Salish land, Demian DinéYazhi´ and yəhaw̓ hope that this installation of A Nation Is a Massacre will create cross-cultural connections and broader social engagement with Indigenous activism and our shared rights to life.

This project is supported by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

 

A Nation Is A Massacre

Death and grieving for Indigenous Peoples is like a war zone—a space unlike any other far removed from the ‘stars and stripes.’ We are expected to die without news headlines or revolution, and in this way we expect nothing; we accept death. It’s a slow death, but with the same urgency as endangerment or extinction or invasion, or an asteroid the size of england or complete and inevitable economic collapse. Even in our survival and resilience, we come to the table ready to protect the most sacred of human rights.

The details are gruesome and american and as patriotic as gun violence and mass murder. A Nation Is a Massacre considers over 500 years of mass shootings and massacre, missing and murdered Indigenous womxn, queers, trans, gender gradient/nonconforming, and two spirit folx, and numerous instances of environmental racism/injustice that continue to be ignored by citizens of a colonized country.

–Demian DinéYazhi’

 

Demian DinéYazhi´

Demian DinéYazhi´’s artwork materializes as art production, site-specific installation, poetic expression, social engagement, and curatorial inquiry. The undercurrents of DinéYazhi´s work include a reverence toward traditional Diné practices, storytelling, traditional ceremonies, and acknowledging the criticality and sacredness of land, while simultaneously challenging contemporary Western archetypes of authenticity. DinéYazhi´ was raised in a matrilineal household and their maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker. They earned the BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. DinéYazhi´ founded the artist/activist initiative R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and co-edits Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. They are a recipient of a 2015 Art Matters Foundation grant, the Henry Art Museum’s 2017 Brink Award, and a 2018 Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts. Currently, DinéYazhi’ has a solo exhibition at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery, and is publishing AN INFECTED SUNSET on Pur Dubois Press.

 

yəhaw̓

yəhaw̓ is the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture's ARTS @ King Street Station. Opening in January 2019, yəhaw̓ will feature the work of over 200 Indigenous creatives. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, and partner programs throughout the region. Curated by Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at yehawshow.com.

yəhaw̓ will highlight creatives of all ages and experience levels, working in a wide range of media, from many tribal affiliations both urban and local. yəhaw̓ reflects a nuanced, inclusive, and community-driven narrative that firmly establishes Indigenous peoples as belonging in the here and now. Our list of partners continues to grow. It includes the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Centrum, Chief Seattle Club, United Indians, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Lettuce 253, Feast Arts Center, Alma Mater, Teens in Tacoma, Spaceworks Tacoma, Suquamish Museum, Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle, Pratt Fine Arts, Artist Trust, ArtsFund, Native Arts and Cultures Fund, Na'ah Illahee Fund, and the Muckleshoot Tribe.

 

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