Presented by Crystal Bridges Museum
   June 2 at Lake Atalanta, AR
   June 8 at Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR
   June 9 at Lake Fayetteville, AR


Saturday, Feb. 18

Indigenous GatheringSAT 12pm-1pm

This year FAI proudly welcomes the largest number of indigenous artists to the conference to date, representing tribes and peoples from around the world including South and Central America, Norway, Australia, the US, Canada, and the high Arctic. Cultural protocol dictates that a Welcome to Land ceremony be held to honor indigenous delegates visiting Kansas City, the traditional land of the Kansa, Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Comanche tribes. The ceremony is open to all who wish to observe.

First Folk - Indigenous Artists in Music

SAT 2:30pm-3:45pm

First Nations people have a vital and critical place in our music ecosystem and community at large. Explore the role of the artist and the place of music in indigenous society. Discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous artists and presenters and issues of prejudice in the industry. Gain an awareness of cultural protocols and learn best practices for engaging Indigenous artists and audiences.
Panelists: Amado Espinoza (Artist), Garrett Lebeau (Artist), Maura Garcia (Artist), Leanne Goose (Artist), Shoshona Kish (Artist),

Finding Redirection Through Key Turning Points in Your Career

Wednesday, October 26

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Studio of Lisa Marie Evans 

1919 Wyandotte KCMO 64108 

(entrance through alley)

Presentations by Mikal Shapiro and

Gather with Artist INC fellows and friends to share, strategize, support and eat soup. 
Join us for our October edition of What Works Wednesday. Artist INC Peer Facilitator Lisa Marie Evans welcomes you to her studio for an informal evening of Artist INC Fellow-ship. There will be short presentations by  Mikal Shapiro and  Maura Garcia and discussion and conversations and around the topic of finding redirection through key turning points in your career.

Soup and bread provided. 
Bring a snack, a beverage, and your ideas and experiences to share. 
Feel free to bring a friend, but make sure everyone registers in advance!

Mikal Shapiro is a new media artist who works in digital film, web video, puppetry, songwriting and music production. Her experience includes a wide spectrum of roles from singer-songwriter, producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor and art director. A Kansas City native, she performs freelance production and post-production work for national studios including Mile Deep Films, BicMedia and Vespera Films. She has produced award-winning narrative films including Two Sisters (executive producer) and Icarus 1 (co-producer). She has also written, produced and performed in shadow puppet theater for over a decade including her bi-annual fall ritual Danse Macabre. Mikal holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Film, Video, Animation and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maura Garcia is a dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place.  She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She has collaborated with a host of wonderfully talented artists to create  multi-media, interactive shows and engage via  arts projects and experiential workshops involving everyone in the creative process. Maura uses her art to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

This is a FREE event but 

space is VERY limited so 

RSVP as soon as possible!

Button register now . The round shape. 3D. Vector illustration. 
Lisa Marie Evans' Studio -Flying Pig Mercantile is the business visible from corner, enter Lisa's studio through alley at 1919 Baltimore.  

 Upcoming What Works  Wednesday

 November 16
 Engage - Exploring Your  Relationship Between  Community, Arts and  Engagement with 
 Jeff Harshbarger and 
 Anthony Marcos Rea
Support for Artist INC is provided by the UMKC Innovation Center, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation,and Missouri Arts Council.

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has selected four individual artists [Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec), Linley Logan (Onondowaga) and Theresa Secord (Penobscot Nation)] and two museums to participate in the museum's Artist Leadership Program (ALP) for 2016: Maura Garcia (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), from Kansas, whose artistic medium is dance and multimedia performance, plans to incorporate elements from the museum's collections and work with the youth of the Kansas City Indian Center to create an urban Indigenous public performance...READ MORE