Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Indigenous Rising: Youth Empowerment through the Arts

By Native News Online Staff - September 24, 2019 at 12:00AM

Published September 24, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. — One Heart Native Arts and Film festival looks to the future for its 4th annual festival. The festival’s theme, Indigenous Rising, calls Native youth to step into the arts while celebrating the resiliency of their people. Focusing on the next generation of artists, the festival will maintain a family-friendly feel throughout the visual, film, and performing arts.

The 3-day festival kicks off Friday with a night of short films illustrating the Indigenous Rising theme. Russell Brooks—director, writer, producer, and Tacoma Film Festival judge—will moderate the film discussion. The visual art gallery will also open Friday evening and run through the festival’s end, with pieces from prominent local artists and up-and-coming artists.

Red Eagle Soaring, a Seattle-based Native youth theatre, will bring the award-winning one act Killer Whale and the Black Rush on Saturday night, recommended for ages 10 and up. This play, written by Red Eagle Soaring alumni Dylan Thomas Elwood and directed by Hannah Victoria Franklin, follows a band of animals fighting for survival in a world of man-made disasters. Following the play will be a talk with the playwright.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Killer Whale cast will lead a theatre workshop for area youth. An hour-long Creature Teacher Yoga session begins at 2 p.m., led by Donell Barlow, a yoga teacher, activist, and author of the new release Bigfoot and Lightning Bug. She will provide a special reading after the all-levels practice. Youth of all ages are welcome to register for these free events.

Special guest Asia Tail, recent Artist Trust Vadon Fellowship awardee, will lead a visual artist workshop on Sunday afternoon. Covering professional development topics like how to make your art a business and seeking growth and award opportunities, this workshop is a can’t miss for those pursuing their artistic dreams. Wrapping up the festival is a One Heart Friends and Family potluck, featuring DJ PandaCat, to celebrate all of the artists’ accomplishments with the community.

WHAT:   One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival

WHEN:   Oct. 18–20, 2019

WHERE: Film screenings and workshop at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

INFORMATION & TICKETS:  oneheartfestival.org Complete festival passes are $25; however, individual event tickets are also available.

Art gallery, workshops, and closing party at the Unfinished Space, 165 S. Howard St.

The One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is sponsored by the Muckleshoot Tribe and Kauffman & Associates, Inc.

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