Programs and Projects
Check the events page on this website for upcoming public programs.
10 emerging artists were selected to participate in our training program to develop new work for the yəhaw̓ exhibition under the guidance of a mentor artist. Mentor artists - Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Ryan Feddersen, and Roger Fernandes - will each work intensively with a small cohort of mentees in Portland, Tacoma, and Seattle respectively. The program will include group critiques and additional professional development activities.
Portland - Ka’ila Farrell-Smith - Asa Wright, Kanani Miyamoto, Stephanie Fogel
Tacoma - Ryan Feddersen - Priscilla Dobler, Paige Pettibon, Lisa Fruichantie, Catherine Cross-Uehara
Seattle - Roger Fernandes - Crystal Christopherson, Randi Purser, Jennifer Wood
As an extension of the mentorship program, Artist Trust will provide 3 free professional development classes for yəhaw̓ creatives covering topics like: Artist Statements and Biographies, Resumes and Budgets, Applying for Grants, and Work Samples Dos and Don'ts. Allison Bishins Consulting will also teach a free class on Social Media Marketing. Cowlitz Tribal Health therapists will provide a class on healthy strategies for dealing with rejection through a cultural lens.
yəhaw̓ is also mentoring emerging curators as they develop the following programs:
Seattle Public Library - Denise Emerson
Fashion Show - Lisa Fruichantie
Teen Art Show - Teens in Tacoma / Aiyanna Stitt
Zine and Related Exhibition - Sara Marie Ortiz
Latinx Showcase - Jess Ramirez
yəhaw̓ artists will be featured in solo and group exhibitions at the following venues:
The Alice Gallery
Chief Seattle Club
Feast Arts Center
Alma Mater Tacoma
Seattle Art Museum Community Gallery
Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery
South Puget Sound College Gallery
Bellevue College Gallery
yəhaw̓ Indigenous artists will show and sell their work at various markets over the course of the year in a range of media, including basketry, carving, beadwork, textiles, and more:
Tacoma Studio Tour
Artist Trust’s Amazon Pop Up Market
Short Run Seattle
Na’ah Illahee Fund’s Blue Jay Brings Back the Moon
SAM Fashion Show Market
Friends of Waterfront Seattle
The Seattle Public Library and yəhaw̓ hosted a series of Indigenous artists in residence in fall 2018 - Native Kut (Pah-tu Pitt and Sean Gallagher), Fox Spears, and Roldy Aguero Ablao. The residents each activated the right side of the 8th floor gallery in the library’s main branch for 3 weeks between October and November, including artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of water and environmental justice. All of the artists participated in a public panel discussion following the residency period to share their experiences working in the library.
Indigenous artist Denise Emerson also served as the curator in residence at the library. The curator in residence worked closely with the yəhaw̓ team to organize and install an exhibition of Coast Salish art on the left side of the 8th floor gallery of the central branch displayed October through December.
SAM is partnering with yəhaw̓ to host an Indigenous artist for their 2019 Olympic Sculpture Park Residency that will culminate in participatory art encounters January 25th and February 22nd.
In collaboration with the City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture, yəhaw̓ creatives will be selected as the first artists in residence for King Street Station, and will activate the glass-walled studio space in the gallery for through 2019.
March - Sasha LaPointe
April - mario lemafa
May - Jen Wood
June - Megan McDermott
July - Kathi Miller
August - Adria Garcia
September - fabian romero and raktahcu’ reewaki / Howie Echo-Hawk
October - Jordan Remington
November - Selena Kearney
December - Liz Rideau
Centrum will provide free lodging and studio space for 17 selected yəhaw̓ artists in one-week mini-residencies at their Port Townsend facilities in winter of 2018:
Raven Two Feathers
Ixtli White Hawk
We are partnering with Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle to give yəhaw̓ artists free access to their metalworking, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and other studios through the end of the 2018.
yəhaw̓ is hosting monthly co-working sessions at Alma Mater in Tacoma on third Thursdays 6-10pm through July 2019. All Indigenous artists are welcome to come use the studio space for free on their own, or they can participate in group art activities led by the following guest artists:
Indigenous artists have been invited by the yəhaw̓ curatorial team to create commissioned artworks responding to the Lifting the Sky story for the exhibition space and on the plaza of King Street Station, accompanied by commissioned performative works that will debut at the opening celebration.
Timothy White Eagle
Adam Sings in the Timber
Kimberly Deriana (Plaza)
Christine Babic (Performance)
Tsēmā Igharas (Performance)
Outside of these special commissions, all yəhaw̓ artists will be paid a modest honorarium to acknowledge their time and their contribution to the show.
The yəhaw̓ team is working on a series of additional special projects, including an all-Indigenous fashion show, a curated poetry zine and reading events, the activation of King Street Station's plaza in conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair, and an installation as part of the University of Puget Sound's Race and Pedagogy Conference.