Make It! with Velma Kee Craig
Free for Members and tribal members with ID. Otherwise included with general admission.
Join us for Make It! in the American Gallery and learn weaving techniques with local Velma Kee Craig! This activity is inspired by Processing Sheep by Willard Franklin Midgette.
Velma Kee Craig (Diné/Navajo) is a textile artist, writer of poetry and short screenplays, and teaching artist. Velma is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature and a minor in American Indian studies. She was a recipient of the Andrew W Mellon Fellowship with the Heard Museum for the past two years. In addition to this, Velma teaches Diné weaving workshops with organizations such as: the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Indian Center, the Sacred Youth Foundation, and local school districts’ Native American programs. Her weaving has been exhibited as part of the exhibitions: WOVEN: The Art of Contemporary Native Weaving; Connective Tissue; and Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Weaving.
Free for Members and included with general admission.
A special poetry reading in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Raquel Denis, Anna Flores, Amber McCrary, Jake Skeets, and Taté Walker.
About the artists:
Raquel Denis is a poet, songwriter, arts administrator, and teaching artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She volunteers with Cardboard House Press, a bilingual literary press, and is part of the Palabrona Collective, a writing group dedicated to womyn of color.
Anna Flores is a writer and actress born in Nogales, Arizona. She is a co-founder of the New Carpa Theater Collective, author of Pocha Theory, and an MFA candidate at Arizona State University. Flores is published in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. She believes the fragmented, imagistic form of poetry is most like our inherent, human way of processing thought and trauma.
Amber McCrary is a Dinè poet, zinester and feminist. Originally from Northern Arizona (Dinè bikeyah). She writes in celebration of land, love and living. She is currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at Mills College.
Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. He is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, forthcoming September 2019.
Taté Walker is a Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. They are a Two Spirit feminist, Indigenous rights activist, and a published and award-winning storyteller for outlets like Everyday Feminism, Feminist Humanist Alliance, Native Peoples magazine, and Indian Country Today. Taté uses their 15 years of experience working for daily newspapers, social justice organizations, and tribal education systems to organize students and professionals around issues of critical cultural competency, anti-racism/anti-bias, and inclusive community building.
Sponsored by the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts.