SAT | FEB 15 | 12 PM | FESTIVAL
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7 Train Service between 111 St and Main St in Queens is replaced by free shuttle buses. Please give yourself at least an extra half-hour to travel.
American Indian Community house in collaboration with Flushing Town Hall, NativeTec, Shinnecock Foundation of Arts, and the First Nations Theater Theater Guild host the AICH Monthly Social. Join us for an evening of artwork, drumming & singing, dancing in traditional regalia, conversation, sharing of stories, social dances and community building over refreshments. This Artist Social will feature Native artists who will be both selling and sharing their artwork, and presentations from the artists explaining their work and mediums. Similar to a Pow Wow but smaller, the Social is an extension of a long-standing lifeway among Indigenous people that brings relations and friends from different Tribal Nations together. The AICH Socials solidifies bonds among Indigenous people living in the New York City area who are often far from their original homelands but can also welcome new friendships with guests from diverse communities. In this spirit, AICH has partnered with many organizations and institutions throughout its history to make a truly inclusive experience.
American Indian Community House Mission
The mission of American Indian Community House (AICH) is to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian Community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect.
AICH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Native Americans residing in New York City.
AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster intercultural understanding.
AICH membership is currently composed of Native Americans from 72 different tribes. Native American migration between urban centers and reservations demonstrates the inter-relatedness of all Native Americans, and from this reality emerges the recognition that our issues and concerns are truly shared.
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First Nations Theater Theater Guild is an organization for First Nations people by First Nations people in the arts. Nothing About Us Without Us.
Since February 2018 a small robust group of Native/Indigenous/First Nations artists’ have met once a month around the city of New York to find a community of other Native/Indigenous/First Nations artists’ landing at American Indian House to utilize space to meet. In these initial conversations we came together to socialize, to have protocol, talk story, and gathered around what we were working on. Through a guided conversation we were able to establish community agreements (on going and subject to change) and spoke about the intentionality of the group. In this conversation we were able to discuss subjects like protocol, blood quantum, tokenization, and the appropriation of Native culture in the theater/art world. Now, from the four meetings we have established a database and worked on actionable items such as a letter to the field about appropriation versus appreciation, indigenizing spaces verses decolonization. This group is open to allies with placing First Nations people’s art and voices first.
NativeTec Is a Native American Artist and Cultural Consultant. My tribes are Matinecock, Wampanoag Pokanoket, Montaukett and Blackfoot.
Wampum comes from the quahog shell, renowned for its deep purple coloring. It is found mostly in the northeast, from Long Island, New York to New England.Wampum has been used in my culture in ceremonies, regalia, trade agreements, and treaties to connect our people and remind them of their connection to the water and earth, which gives us life and food. We as eastern woodland natives treasure wampum; its beautiful colors allow us to wear it with pride and know that our ancestors have been working with it for thousands of years. My art work allows me to connect with my ancestors by carrying on their traditions and also saying to the world we are still here and we are still connected with our genealogical ties to the land. In my work, I transform the shells into something that is familiar to the viewer. It is my way of communicating that to Natives, the shells are more than just what they appear to be at face value and provide the viewer with a glimpse of the spiritual connection that we have with the shells and mother earth.
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Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective is a Arts Initiative that focuses on the development and production of Native Indigenous Theater and Performing Arts in New York City. Within the broader American theater we combat stereotypes and support vibrant Native communities. We develop ongoing dialogue with policymakers about how cultural and socioeconomic issues can be approached through Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Native Cultural Consultancy, panel discussions, and Cultural Events. The collective seeks to build an understanding of Indigenous methodologies and cosmologies that in turn will function as a cultural liaison to non-Native theatre artists in the city. The more successful we are in engaging these populations, the closer to we hope to be to creating truly cross-cultural lines of communication.
General Operating & Program Support
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included.
We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others.