noon- 2 pm -- NJPAC Jazz Teens
12:30 pm -- Teen Tour
2 pm -- Docent-Led Tour: Creating Without Boundaries: Native Artists of North America
2:30 pm -- Cherokee Pop Artist Tony Enos – Engelhard Court
Hailed as the Native Trailblazers 2016 Music Awards "Artist To Watch", Cherokee pop singer, songwriter, producer, and activist Tony Enos is redefining what it means to be an indigenous artist. His 2012 album "The Heat" toured nationally and set a precedent for LGBTQ2S artists in indie music, and his 2015 single "Two Spirit" brought strength and heart to the Native/Indigenous Two-Spirit movement. Preparing to release his 3rd studio album this year, the NYC transplant seeks to grow healing, love, unity, and appreciation for music with his blend of tradition, pop, guts, and warrior spirit.
2:30 pm -- Gallery Aferro Tour, Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf is a New York City area artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Wolf received individual fellowship grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, NJ State Council of the Arts and received the Power of Art award, personally presented to him by artist Robert Rauschenberg. Michael’s recent shows include a solo exhibition at the Sculptors Guild Gallery in DUMBO Brooklyn, Activating Market St. at Gallery Aferro in Newark and Sanctuary an exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art that was built around his architectural installation Sanctuary.
Time TBD -- Spoken-word Theatre Performance by Ryan Victor “Little Eagle” Pierce
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape playwright and actor Ryan Victor “Little Eagle” Pierce performs an excerpt from his original play, This Play is Native Made, in which a Lenape artist embarks on a personal and historical odyssey in which everything old is still new. Additional spoken-word pieces, discussion and Q&A to follow.
Time TBD -- Fancy Bustle and Grass Dance Performance by Sheldon Raymore
Sheldon Raymore is a Native American Storyteller, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, and an award winning Grass Dancer. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sheldon currently resides in New York City. The South Dakota Native recently finished touring with Heather Henson's "Crane: On Earth, In Sky" theatre production (2015-2017). Captivating and moving, Sheldon also starred in ABC’s Born to Explore, “Legend of Dance” with Richard Weiss, where he was the featured grass dancer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Raymore was also a Fancy dance & grass dance staple when he performed with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at the Theatre for the New City in Manhattan's lower east side in February 2016. The Lakota Artist has been inspiring young traditional Native American dancers for more than 25 years, making him one of the most sought after grass dancers in New York. Sheldon's brilliant technique and spellbinding execution prompted New York's Rebel Theatre to recruit the visionary to work his magic and Co-choreograph Rebel's 2015 off broadway production of "Trail of Tears", at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Bringing audiences, Native and Non-Native, to their feet every evening with tears in their eyes. The Sioux performer was also awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Community Arts Fund "2015 Performance Art" Grant. Ever the consummate keeper of tradition, he continues to cultivate his artistry, with the upmost integrity, humility, and authenticity, letting the love for his culture shine through in all that he does.
Time TBD -- Film Screening: K’ina Kil: The Slaver’s Son
Directed by Hoopa filmmaker Jack Kohler and produced by On Native Ground, a Native-owned film and media company, this short film tells a little-known story of human trafficking in Gold Rush mining towns. Tintah, a young man whose mother was a slave, learns that his sweetheart has also been captured, and sets out to free her, facing and fighting the men that captured his own mother. Mature themes.
Following the film, explore the relevance of its themes with a discussion led by Wincey Terry from the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking;
Time TBD -- Storytelling: Trinity Norwood, Atrium
Ongoing from noon until 4 pm:
* Maker Drop-In
* Family Gallery Workshop
* Creative Play