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James Watrous Gallery | From Cultural Appropriation to Cultural Appreciation
October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appreciation is seeking to understand and learn about another culture in an effort to broaden one’s perspective and connect with others. Appropriation, however, is taking an aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for your own personal interest. How can we work to stop accepting cultural appropriation and encourage cultural appreciation instead? How can artists, designers, collectors, and art lovers learn with and through Indigenous objects while honoring the peoples, histories, and knowledge systems that created those things and continue to give them meaning?
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection includes 13,000+ objects from around the world, and their staff are actively engaged with the question of cultural appropriation. Facilitated by Dakota Mace, nibiiwakamigkwe, Carolyn Jenkinson, and Sarah Anne Carter, this workshop will help participants understand and explain the stakes of cultural appropriation for Indigenous communities, and develop a toolkit of questions and approaches that support engaging with a wide range of cultural objects in an ethical and respectful manner.
This free special event will be limited to 15 participants, so early registration is suggested.