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Native America: Giving Thanks

Event info
Date: November 16, 2019
Location: Fogartyille Community Media and Arts Center
Address: 525 Kumquat Court Sarasota, FL

November 16, 2019-January 5, 2020

Entry Deadline: now through November 10, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 2019; 7-10pm

Closing Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020

No Age Limit:  Students, Professionals and Emerging artists are encouraged to participate

To Apply:

  • Please submit 3 jpeg images of your choice to be considered for this exhibit
  • Send jpeg images to Pamela Callender, Curator via email at: fogartyvilleart@gmail.com

Entry Fee: 0

Entry Requirements: Any visual art 2D medium, ready to hang (wired with D-rings), up to 60” in width/height. Fogartyville will also accept Native American performance, textile and culinary art vendors.

November is Native American Heritage month and Fogartyville  Community Media and Art Center celebrates this with the opening of its World Culture Series event and art exhibition, Native America: Giving Thanks.  The idea of ‘Giving Thanks’ is central to Native heritage and culture. Long before settlers arrived, Native tribes were celebrating the autumn harvest and the gift of Mother Earth’s abundance. Native American spirituality, both traditionally and today, emphasizes gratitude for creation, care for the environment, and recognition of the human need for communion with nature and others.

While most Americans continue a Thanksgiving Day tradition based on romantic notions that Pilgrims and Indians are equal, Native Americans reflect on a history of lies and deceit that diminished the American Indian population by 90 percent. The United American Indians of New England say this about their choice to recognize a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving:

“Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.”