Mar
8
to Jun 28

Modern TRADITIONS - Group Show Exhibit

Modern TRADITIONS Curator Statement

I feel the responsibility of continuing our culture while expressing our place in a contemporary context is a challenge that is dealt with through many different aspects of visual art. The challenges within paradigms of cultural expression refer to centuries of mis-education and racism, which then influence perceived standards about who we are and efforts to define us in broad terms. Not just the colonizers (or “the others”) view of us but how or why do we accept and ultimately embrace those histories or narratives that have been written for us?

Challenging these ideas of what is considered tradition is important to help us take a critical look at our histories and how those narratives have been influenced for particular agendas throughout history. Today we are voicing and expressing our histories as we experience them and are looking ahead for the future generations to know that we are imparting the importance of self-representation; speaking with our own voice, for our people, in this time.

It is my pleasure and honor to introduce these artists to the Chicago community. It is also my hope that viewers of this exhibit will come away with a deeper understanding of the diversity of Native American contemporary artistic expression. This diversity is reflective of the richness of our relatives and cultures across this continent. This collection also honors the tradition of this place, Chicago, as having been long before European invasion (and still today) a nexus for the exchange of ideas and an important crossroads for people and their respective cultures.

Chris Pappan (Kanza, Osage, Lakota) 2019

Participating Artists: Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute) Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) Silvester Hustito (Zuni) Thomas "Breeze" Marcus (Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham, Ponca, Otoe)

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Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Curator Reception

Join the American Indian Center for an evening of fun, food and beer! This informal evening will be a celebration of our newest exhibit opening curated by local Native artisit Chris Pappan. Chris and other artists will discuss the exhibit's title, "Modern Traditions: Unity through Diversity" that will be displayed at the American Indian Center. Spend an evening learning more about contemporary American Indian art and helping raise money for one of the oldest urban American Indian Centers in the country.

Tickets available at the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-indian-centers-meet-the-curator-reception-tickets-56916644215?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text&fbclid=IwAR3Q6A4Z-kvWMTsd8WVDDkkx-Wh4i9Keq4s_Z_QmpmFVlK7VkGvM5aYwG4o

PLEASE NOTE: This event is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door. Lagunitas is providing the space free of charge and will donate proceeds of beer sales to AIC! Tamales, chips and salas to be provided by https://www.yvolinas.com/

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Men's Talking Circle

The AIC Veterans group is sponsoring a Men's Talking Circle. We ask all community Women to encourage men in your families to attend.

We are asking the men who attend to think and pray on what it means to be a better man, in and out of this community.

Come share, learn, advise, and listen. Men of all ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Men's Talking Circle

The AIC Veterans group is sponsoring a Men's Talking Circle. We ask all community Women to encourage men in your families to attend.

We are asking the men who attend to think and pray on what it means to be a better man, in and out of this community.

Come share, learn, advise, and listen. Men of all ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

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Dec
10
to Feb 22

Urban Sovereignty at the Center: A Retrospective of the American Indian Center (Part One)

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Everyone welcome to visit the Urban Sovereignty at the Center exhibit at the AIC Gallery during regular business hours (AIC Gallery is closed on weekends and during the following holidays: December 24-25 and December 31 and January 1). Exhibit runs through February 22, 2019.

Group tours available, contact dave at spencer@aicchicago.org for group rates and scheduling.

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Call For Artists
Dec
3
to Jan 4

Call For Artists

AIC will host a series of critical conversations as the first step toward breaking down the systems of structural violence within our community by empowering our members to present and share space to tell their own stories and first hand experiences. Sharing stories, perspectives and experinces is an essential step toward healing by making the invisible visible. Once we begin to examine and address our individual experiences with structural violence and racism, we can then begin to implement collective healing practices.

As part of our healing process we are looking for an artist that can create art pieces based on the each AIC hosted cirtical conversation topic. At the end of the year, these art pieces will be used to create an exhibit on community healing that will be displayed in our First Voice Gallery, housed at the AIC.

All Submission due by January 4th

For More Info: hmiller@aicchicago.org

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"Art is life, Art is Us" Mentorship Program Application Open Now
Dec
3
to Mar 1

"Art is life, Art is Us" Mentorship Program Application Open Now

The American Indian Center is requesting submissions for artisans/cultural practitioners who are interested in sharing their knowledge by training a youth apprenticeship. Youth apprentices will work with their mentor to develop a workshop series to help teach their newly acquired skills to community members. Project submissions should be designed to develop sustainable art practices within our local community through the sharing of traditional knowledge and artistry skills. Each project submission will be judged upon its ability to holistically develop youth, families, and elders as culturally knowledgeable, active and engaged community members.

Through a grant from the Field Foundation AIC will provide stipends to mentors and apprentices to support their work.

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October 17th- What’s on My Ballot?: Community Roundtable Discussion
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

October 17th- What’s on My Ballot?: Community Roundtable Discussion

For this roundtable we invite the Chicago Native community to host a discussion on who is shaping the future of our community, city, state and nation(s). Through sharing our stories we will begin to develop a collective understanding of who is running for local government here in Chicago, what are key components to their platform and how we locate that information. These community conversations will be the first stage to amplifying and leveraging the voices and impact of the Native vote in 2018 and beyond.

This roundtable will be facilitated by 2018 Champion for Change Anthony Tamez. Antony is currently working in Constituents Services at Chicago’s 35th Ward Office.

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