October 12 – BEMIDJI – The first-ever Anishinaabe Art Festival takes place July 22-23, 2022 at the Sanford Center.
“Through the lens of the arts, the festival will celebrate the richness of the history, culture and people of Anishinaabe,” said a press release. “The planning team, core partners and local artists are preparing for a dynamic event where we can all come together to share stories and share cultural values through craft, visual arts, dance, food, storytelling and fashion.”
In 2019, 4-Directions Development, Leech Lake Financial Services and Gizhiigin Arts Incubator met with representatives from the Native American art community, regional art organizations and the city of Bemidji to discuss ways to use art as an economic and community development tool, Release said.
As a result, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town scholarship program, the group developed the first Anishinaabe Art Festival.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the artistic legacy of the Anishinaabe community while providing an opportunity for artists to get known and develop their art,” said Nate Mathews, Bemidji City Manager.
Anishinaabe Art Festival will also help develop the artist business.
“Our artists are so important to our reservation economies and can add tremendous value to the Bemidji and regional economies,” said Sharon James, executive director of 4-Directions Development. “We have to support them like any other company.”
Please visit the Anishinaabe Art Festival Facebook page for more information.