The first ever Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition has opened at the Region 2 Arts Council in Bemidji. Native American artists who received the AAI grant from the past three years displayed their work to the community.
The space was small, but there were many art pieces to see. Take for example, the Gete by Giiwedin Biindige. Biindige applied for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant to collect juniper wood from out of state. Like Biindige, many artists who received the grant did the same. Celia Littlecreek left Minnesota to learn different pottery techniques.
The purpose of the grant is to make sure the Native American art, skill, and craft can be carried on to generations to come. This exhibit is the first time grant awardees are showcasing their work together. Artists hope this opportunity will encourage others to publicly showcase their own artwork.
The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is only given to qualified Native Americans who live on or near the Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth Reservations. The exhibit opened last night Thursday and will go on until April 14th.