The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA)—a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture—has recently announced two important changes to the 96th annual Santa Fe Indian Market this August. Ann-erika White Bird (Sicangu Lakota) has been hired as the new Artist Services Manager, and the SWAIA is relocating its office from the building on Washington Street it has occupied for five years.
The 96th Santa Fe Indian Market is August 19 & 20, 2017.
Ann-erika White Bird (Sicangu Lakota) has been hired as the new Artist Services Manager, a position vacated in April by Henry Brown Wolf III (Lakota/Tewa), who moved to Phoenix.
“We are delighted to have Ann-erika on board to serve our artists, and looking forward to a fresh start at our new, better suited office. Both indicate a positive future for the organization,” said Chief Operating Officer Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca) in a release.
Ann-erika is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. In January 2016, she relocated to New Mexico from the Rosebud Reservation. Her background includes working as a paralegal, an instructor at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota, and as a journalist. Ann-erika graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing. She has a lifetime connection to art through her family’s work, and is a published poet and accomplished bead worker.
“I’m excited to experience the energy and vision and to lend my skills to an organization that has pushed our art forms to new levels,” said Whitebird in a release. “I look forward to bringing my unique background to serve the Indian Market artist community.”
SWAIA is also re-locating its office from the building on Washington Street it has occupied for five years. The new offices of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is the third floor of the Alpine Sports building, located at 121 Sandoval Street. Still a convenient downtown location for the non-profit that produces that largest Native American art event in the world, the new location provides a savings in rent and a more efficient floor plan.
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.