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DAKOTA COMMUNITY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE (CAIR)
Supporting Artist-Led Solutions to COVID-19 Related Challenges
The Department of Public Transformation (DoPT), Dakota Wicohan, and Racing Magpie collaborated to co-design the Dakota Community Artist-in-Residence (CAIR) program — a pilot project supporting artist-led solutions to community challenges impacting the Upper and Lower Sioux Communities during the COVID-19 crisis. For the pilot Dakota CAIR program, three Dakota artists based in the 18-county Southwestern Mnisota region, Pezihutazizi Oyate (Upper Sioux Community) and Cansa’yapi (Lower Sioux Indian Community) were selected to work for two weeks “at-home” to utilize their artistic practice to design and implement a creative project addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on their community. Click HERE for a recording of an interview with the artists.
DAKOTA CAIR ARTISTS: FERN CLOUD, TALON CAVENDER-WILSON, AND LISA NEZ!
In August the Yes! House in Granite Falls hosted private viewings from the three Dakota Community Artists-in-Residence chosen for this project: Fern Cloud, Talon Cavender-Wilson and Lisa Nez. This project was supported by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and in partnership with Pioneer PBS. If you would like to learn more about all three of these projects through the informational videos that played during the Yes! House exhibit, visit: https://youtu.be/oN0HVWf8USY
Starting January 14 through February 26 the SMAC Gallery is proud to present the three works of art from the Dakota Community Artists-In-Residence. The gallery will exhibit Fern Cloud’s traditional painting on deer hide, blacksmith artist Talon Cavender-Wilson’s series of three metal bowls, and Lisa Nez’s infant-sized moccasins showcasing her traditional knowledge and artistic beading talents.