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Imagine Your Parks Grant Awarded for Beyond Words

As part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary, the agency is partnering with the National Park Service, as it celebrates its centennial, on Imagine Your Parks, to fund a spectrum of arts projects in national parks.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians a grant to
support a series of place-based workshops and site specific art-making activities facilitated by guest artists, scientists, and Ojibwe cultural experts. The Imagine Your Parks project will include a series of guided tours and workshops to give participants the opportunity to learn about the ecology, culture, and history of six locations in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the greater Lake Superior watershed. The workshops will give participants the opportunity to create images that integrate scientific and traditional knowledge and cross cultural boundaries. Video documentation of the creative process will be produced to complement the exhibition.

This project also celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the  National Parks, and supports the NPS centennial goal "to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and activitists."

This project includes:

• A series of free place-based workshops throughout the summer of 2016 and 2017, following the water from the headwaters of the Bad River to Madeline Island, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and on to Red Cliff.

• A diverse group of 25 tribal and non-tribal members, including   Bad River youth Outdoors and Tribal Youth Media will learn about the many layers of culture, history, and ecology of this amazing place.

• Led by guest artists in photography, drawing, painting, pastels, and traditional Ojibwe art, artists will hone their skills to create images expressing their unique experience of this vision, to be part of a public exhibition in the winter of 2017/2018.

• Participating guest artists include Janet Moore, Jeff Rennicke, Terry Daulton, Diane Canfield Bywaters, and Biskakone Greg Johnson.

NOTE : Final Exhibition will take place in November 2017. Future workshop dates throughout the spring and summer of 2017 are found under "Workshops"


Tribal Youth Media 

Bad River Youth Outdoors