Anshinaabe prophecies tell us of the Seventh Fire. This is a time when our people will have two roads ahead of us—one miikina, or path, which is well-worn, but scorched, and another patch which is green. It will be our choice upon which path to embark. This is where we are.
“Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.” – Winona LaDuke From honoreath.org
Make plans now to attend what is sure to be a moving keynote lecture from Winona LaDuke on Wednesday, March 27th at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium. Please note, audience seating is limited in the auditorium, so don’t be late. Ballroom A will offer overflow seating and live audio/video feed. Cash bars will be available in the lobby prior to the Opening Ceremonies, which will kick off at 7pm.
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.
As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reser-vation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also contin-ues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community com-mitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year ( with the Indigo Girls in l997) , and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards- including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program as well as a boardmember of the Christensen Fund. The Author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel- Last Standing Woman, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.
“The choice between the technological and the spiritual will be based on both collective and individual decisions, both simple and complex. For just as life itself is a complex web of relationships and organisms, so is the fabric of a community and a culture that chooses its future. Either way, according to Indigenous worldviews, there is no easy fix, no technological miracle.”
Winona LaDuke from All Our Relations, Native Struggles for Land and Life, 1999
What is time? It cannot be seen, heard, smelled, or touched. It eludes all our senses, yet we experience it every day. Time is ubiquitous. To most, time is just a clock on the wall. A constant cycle of 24 hours resetting and repeating over and over again in a continuous loop with seemingly no end. My art gives form to these ideas in creative ways using both art and quantum mechanics physics. Each cube is a product of time called a ‘moment’ and installed together as sculpture, constitutes an ‘event’. Going beyond a clock on the wall, I seek to make time, a seemingly invisible event, take form. I also seek to challenge people on how they view their own time and to make them consciously aware of not only time but their presence in it as well. Like time itself, my work and these forms have no end in sight.
If one was to describe Utopia, each time and place would be as unique as the next. Many of us dream of a utopian environment, but occasionally forget to stop and look at the journey it takes to get there. It sometimes feels as if people are far too often consumed by technology and are unaware of what is happening around them. Constantly trying to capture what’s happening in front of them on a tiny screen so they can remember it later, rather than just being in the moment and seeing the event through their eyes. During this installation, I invite everyone to come create a moment of time (tiny cube), which then becomes a memory, to document their own idea of an utopian time and place. Whether they create just one or stay and create many is up to them. Participants are invited to leave behind their moments in time and add it to the installation. Together, all the tiny cubes create a shared space of ideas and moments in time. This space becomes a shared Utopia of moments in time and memories of those who were there before. Over the three-day period, this installation will continue to grow and change form as people continue to add cubes to the grid. It is my hope that enough people join this project and we are able to fill the entire 10’x20’ of space given with this project. Thank you to Laguna Clay Company for generously donating the clay and sponsoring me for this project.
After this project is finished, I plan to save all the tiny cubes that have been created and reuse them in future installations to continue this work. The Projects Space project will first travel to Cerbera Gallery in Kansas City, MO where it will be part of my first solo installation for two months. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to create their own moments of time and leave them behind.
Are you an artist? Do you struggle with writing? The American Craft Council wants to help!
It can be intimidating to get your thoughts down on paper. But writing, just like throwing pots, is a skill that can be learned. The ACC firmly believes that any artist can put together a thoughtful and compelling artist statement. What’s more, we understand how important these statements are when it comes to securing exhibitions, grants, and press opportunities. That’s why we’re giving a talk focused on writing tips and holding one-on-one coaching sessions to help attendees of “Claytopia,” NCECA’s annual conference, perfect their artist statements this spring.
Each half-hour session will pair an artist with a unbiased, experienced editor – including staff from our award-winning magazine American Craft. Be sure to bring a draft of your statement to the coaching session along with any questions or concerns you may have, whether they be about grammar, clarity, or tone. The talk (“The Write Stuff”) is scheduled for earlier the same day and will provide helpful tips and readily accessible resources to help you hone your writing skills and improve your confidence.
The talk is open to all “Claytopia” attendees, but space is limited for the coaching sessions. Reserve your spot today on the Eventbrite sign-up page.
We can’t wait to work with you!
The Write Stuff Talk
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 2
Artist Statement Coaching Sessions
Friday, March 29, 2019
3: 15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room L100H
Megan Guerber is the interim editor in chief of American Craft, the bimonthly publication of the American Craft Council. Prior to joining the ACC in 2016, she wrote for Public Art Review and SciArt in America, was assistant curator at AC Institute, a nonprofit gallery in New York, and served as a researcher and production assistant for the International Award for Public Art.