Press Release-For Immediate Release
Lorén Spears, Executive Director
390 A Summit Road Exeter, RI 02822 Lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.org 401-491-9063 wk
Exeter, RI, Tomaquag Museum was awarded two grants for traditional arts. The first for $5000, from the Christiane Corbat Art and Healing Fund held at the Rhode Island Community Foundation to promote wellness within the Native American community through the arts. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to host the Arts & Wellness programs again for the Native Community. In the spring some of what is created will be on exhibit at the museum,” announced Lorén Spears, Executive Director.
The second $2500 grant is from the Collette Foundation to promote youth leadership through the arts. Tomaquag Museum will provide an 8-week Native Youth Arts & Leadership Program teaching the traditional arts of basket weaving, pottery, beadwork and moccasin making. In addition to arts instruction, the cultural and historical significance of the materials and finished objects will be woven into the curriculum through storytelling, oral history and interaction with relevant Tomaquag Museum exhibits. The program will culminate in a student-created temporary museum exhibit, open to the public, showcasing their learning and their artistic creations. “The children are the future leaders of our people and it is important for them to learn and passed down traditional knowledge,” said Paulla Jennings, Tomaquag Board member and retired curator.
During the winter the museum is open by appointment for individuals, researchers, and groups. We do tours, art workshops and groups by appointment year-round to share Indigenous history, arts and culture.
Check our website for the Indigenous Artways Podcast and to learn about other cultural programs at www.tomaquagmuseum.org or call 401-491-9063.