Partnerships Between Public Practice and Indigenous Perspectives

June 26, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Type: Discussion

Public Art can be explicitly created to respond to or commemorate a person or place, which is viewed as relevant to a social group as part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage. Throughout the 20th century and to the present, public art in America has represented a limited cultural scope that has lacked indigenous perspectives. In this panel, speakers will address the topic within the context of their work with indigenous groups; discuss changing strategies of representation and best practices for respectful outreach and collaboration. During the second half of the session the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share insights on consultation with indigenous communities. The goal for the session is to encourage open dialog and create an environment that empowers public art administrators to better understand how the past continues to influence contemporary issues, changing demographics and the natural environment, and encourages critical thinking.
Learning Objectives:
  • Sharpen their strategic approach to building a relationship between their agency, staff, and indigenous communities and become better able to dialogue and collaborate with local indigenous communities to increase respect and understanding.
  • Hear lessons learned and frameworks for using indigenous cultural material, and interacting with indigenous communities.
  • Formulate creative programming ideas to foster community engagement, and explore how a “typical” public art process can be expanded to better incorporate external constituents.