Join us Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm for a workshop with Indigenous artist Dawn Spears! Cost per participant is $20 or $30 with the purchase of a canvas bag to design. Register Now!
Dawn Spears, (Narragansett/Choctaw) is the Executive Director of the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA) and former Native Arts Program Manager for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). In 2016 NIAA was instrumental in bringing the Indigenous Fine Art Market East, (IFAM East) the first major indigenous market on the east coast to Mashantucket, CT. Dawn is the producer for the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market later this spring in Bar Harbor, ME.
Dawn has worked both regionally and nationally for over 25 years on a variety of cultural initiatives including traditional arts, cultural education, powwow and dance troupe coordination, and language revitalization work. She is a 2015 RI State Council for the Arts (RISCA) Master Apprenticeship grantee and continues to use her creative expression doing freelance work, demonstrations, and custom work.
Working in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, doll making, and wearable art, Dawn has exhibited at Native American art markets across the country including the Autry Museum of the American West, and We Are the Seeds, Santa Fe. A wife, mother, and grandmother, Dawn believes in the power of art and expression to preserve culture and educate the world about indigenous histories, vibrance, and resilience.