Soul of Nations Brea Foley Art Program provides Indigenous youth arts access

A special art reception for the finalists of the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program at the Smithsonian's NMAI

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SOUL OF NATIONS INC.

A special art reception for the finalists of the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program on June 7th at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian - New York.

Please join us for an untraditional evening in the city filled with live music, refreshments, and contemporary art as we celebrate three Native American youth artists for their artistic talent.

Special words will be provided by Contemporary Artist, Jeffrey Gibson, and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Sub-Chief, Agnes Jacobs.

SOUL OF NATIONS INC. is pleased to present the third Brea Foley Art Program Reception. The Brea Foley Art Program was created to provide Indigenous youth with greater access to the arts.

Christine Garcia, Maiyah King, and Bailey Pete are three artists who reside on Indian reservations in the southwest. During the reception, the artists will be honored for their artistic talent and will explain why honoring Mother Earth is important to them as twenty-first century Native Americans.

Lead funding was provided by the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation. Major funding was provided by the Jaques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Endeavor Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute, and the Hill Family Foundation.

The Brea Foley Art Program

The Brea Foley Art Program is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating contemporary art created by Native American youth.

The Brea Foley Art Program also strives to address major problems facing Native communities on Indian reservations such as lack of resources, high suicide rates, and low high school graduation rates through utilizing the cognitive practices of art therapy to help reduce cultural risk factors within Tribal communities caused by historical and intergenerational trauma.

The Brea Foley Art Program aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence, challenge personal boundaries, and foster cultural continuity while reflecting artistic diversity. Soul of Nations wants to show the world that our nation’s First People are still here and thriving in the best ways possible. What better way to validate contemporary Native life and strength than through the arts? Soul of Nations believes that art is a universal language that carries the story of honesty, history, and belonging.

Theme: Honor the Earth

The theme of the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program is Honor the Earth. This theme will inspire youth artists to advocate on behalf of our natural resources and landscapes. The theme also coincides with the missions of many Native environmental protection organizations.

The 2018 Brea Foley Art Program has been split into two sectors: an art display and a summer college program (referred to as an artist residency). The program takes place in Window Rock, Arizona; New York, New York; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Christine Garcia, Maiyah King, and Bailey Pete are high school students who reside on Indian reservations in the southwest. They are traveling to New York City to be celebrated at a special reception event held at the National Museum of the American Indian; engage in an artist residency project at New York University Tisch School of the Arts; and exhibit their artwork at form & concept (previously known as the Zane & Bennett Contemporary Art Gallery) during Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Out of 253 applicants, Soul of Nations was able to award 15 finalists from the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the fifteen artists gathered at the Navajo Nation Museum to display their artwork in the form of an art showing. At the art showing, all artwork was critiqued by a jury that included Nanibah Chacon, Duane Koyawena, Karen Noles, Frank Rose and Sandy Zane.

A jury was responsible for selecting three artists to travel to New York City this summer to be celebrated at a reception held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian - New York and to engage in the artist residency project at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

The reception event is on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian - New York.

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To RSVP please email rsvp@soulofnations.org and feel free to reach out with any questions.

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