From the Field: Imagining the future of being a good relative
From the Field is Springboard’s new virtual conversation series that brings together artists who are reimagining the future of rural America. These artist-to-artist talks will explore rural-specific topics such as COVID response and recovery, equity and justice, food systems and agriculture, and more, through the lens of rural artists, culture bearers and makers. This series is an extension of Springboard for the Arts’ Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which is a biennial gathering of rural artists and practitioners.
From the Field: Imagining the future of being a good relative is a conversation with Peter Strong and Mary Bordeaux from Racing Magpie (Rapid City, SD), hosted by Ashley Hanson from the Department of Public Transformation (Granite Falls, MN).
Date: Friday, December 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Online Platform: Zoom, register with the link at the bottom of this page
Recording: This workshop will be recorded.
Captions: This workshop will be captioned.
Mary V. Bordeaux is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) and was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She received her BFA in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts, her MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, PA, and is currently working on her dissertation in Lakota epistemology at Saint Mary's University in Minnesota. She has served in multiple lead curatorial and leadership roles in the region and has worked tirelessly to support Native art and artists around the world. Mary was appointed by the South Dakota Governor to the South Dakota Arts Council, at which she is currently the first Native woman to serve as President of the Board of Directors.
Peter J. Strong has been working in the arts, culture, and museum fields for almost two decades, including in Indian Country for the last fifteen years. He has degrees in history, museum studies, and new media from Marshall University and George Mason University. Peter served as Director of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School and Vice President of Operations and Programs for First Peoples Fund before co-founding and managing Racing Magpie in 2015 and being a founding board member and director of Magpie Creative in 2019. Peter is active in the development of Native arts programming and community leadership programs, and also served as the chair of the organizing committee for four years and was the first executive director for the Native POP: People of the Plains cultural event in Rapid City.
Ashley Hanson (she/her) is the Founder / Director of the Department of Public Transformation, an artist-led organization that collaborates with local leaders in rural areas to develop creative strategies for community connection and civic participation and PlaceBase Productions, a theater company that creates original, community-driven, site-specific musicals celebrating small town life. She was recently named a 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow and a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow for her work with rural communities. She believes deeply in the power of uniting people, places, play and exclamation points!