April 28th, 2016 Last Updated on: April 28th, 2016
I can't believe this week is finally here! The Gathering of Nations takes place this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's my first time attending and I've heard from many of my friends how fun and energizing the atmosphere. There's so much going on inside and outside of the pow wow too! There are plenty of concerts, cultural events and more scheduled around this weekend. One of the most exciting ones I've seen is the REZILIENCE Indigenous Arts Experience which is right down the street from GON.
More than 60 Indigenous artists and art-related professionals representing the U.S., Canada and Latin America will participate in a full day event to share their talents, skills and knowledge in 8 creative arenas. Event sections titled “Movement”, “Design”, “Inspiration”, “Voice”, “Vision”, “Expression” and “Exchange” will feature various disciplines and creative activities.
REZILIENCE INDIGENOUS ARTS EXPERIENCE will be an immersive, all ages experience that focuses on modern Indigenous Art processes. Artists include both National and Locally recognized Entertainers, Muralists, Multimedia Artists and Poets. Executive Director Warren Montoya, stated that, “This event is a movement based in creativity. It is our creative practices that have facilitated cultural longevity, community building, knowledge growth and healing for generations. REZILIENCE will be the new model of unity for indigenous cultures, worldwide.”
Featured musicians include award-winning Native American Hip Hop artists Frank Waln and Supaman, Filipino rapper Ruby Ibarra, Island Reggae Fusion duo Jordan T and AOK, and Latin band Radio La Chusma. Featured Visual Artists include Yatika Fields, Jaque Fragua, Jaycee Beyale & many more! Filmmakers and poets, such as Tanaya Winder, Mercedez Holtry and Steven Paul Judd will fill the atmosphere with their expressive, resilient voices, as art, community, and culture collide. There will be a contemporary Indigenous art market showcasing a variety of styles and a Rio-Rez Run to kick of the festivities.
Founded on values of collaboration, social entrepreneurship and resource sharing, REZILIENCE will have an activity planned for everyone, regardless of age or background. This powerful event will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM) from 7am to 12am. The key focus on building this community event is to promote an all-inclusive space through an alcohol and drug-free atmosphere.
Purchase your tickets at the NHCC Box Office and visit the official website: www.rezartx.com for more information.
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