Celebration of Indigenous Art and Film Kicks Off in Hurleyville!
September 24, 2020
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 24, 2020
|Erin Dudley, Executive Director
Celebration of Indigenous Art and Film Kicks Off in Hurleyville
HURLEYVILLE, New York — A first-of-its-kind arts festival is now underway at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC).
The Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit celebrates the work and perspectives of Indigenous women with a virtual film festival, gallery exhibition, performances and panel discussions. A full schedule of films and events is available through the HPAC website.
The Summit kicked off earlier this month with the exhibition “Decoding Craft,” on view at HPAC until November 1, featuring a collection of remarkable sculptures, prints, and textiles from artists Sariah Park and Erin Lee Antonak.
“A lot of people, especially on the East Coast, think Native people and culture are things of the past, but that is just not true,” said Antonak, who is Wolf Clan from the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. “We are still very much here, still very creative, and our perspectives are important.”
Antonak is also a member of the event’s Steering Committee, which also includes Amethyst First Rider, Cristina Mormorunni, and filmmaker Tasha Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard curated the Summit’s virtual film festival that brings together three feature-length films and a collection of six shorts. All films are available for rent through the festival’s Eventive streaming service.
“I am excited to share these beautiful films with people,” says Dr. Hubbard. “I wanted to show recent films that most people would not otherwise have access to, and that present the breadth of experiences of Native women today.”
An online auction to raise funds to support the artists presenting in the Summit is also up and running, with items ranging from traditional Ribbon Skirts to paintings, farm tours, and a VIP experience at the Bronx Zoo. Bids are accepted until October 4.
“We are incredibly proud to host this year’s Summit, and hope this can become an annual event,” says Erin Dudley, HPAC’s Executive Director. “The Summit is an important part of HPAC’s efforts to build an inclusive culture through the arts,” Dudley adds. HPAC Founder and Artistic Director Janet Carrus, in a statement published on the organization’s website, expresses hope that the Summit can be a “creative space and catalyst for deep dialogue and creative visioning, bringing awareness to Indigenous struggles for land and life and a collective vision for change.”
The Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit co-presenting partners include the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Bison Society, and The Iroquois Indian Museum.