Oct. 12—BEMIDJI — The first-ever Anishinaabe Art Festival will be held July 22-23, 2022, at the Sanford Center.
“Through the lens of the arts, the festival will celebrate the richness of Anishinaabe history, the culture, and the people,” a release said. “The planning team, core partners and Native artists are preparing for a dynamic event where we can all come together to exchange stories and share cultural values through craft, visual arts, dance, food, storytelling and fashion.”
In 2019, 4-Directions Development, Leech Lake Financial Services and Gizhiigin Arts Incubator met with representatives from the American Indian art community, regional arts organizations and the city of Bemidji to discuss ways of using the arts as an economic and community development vehicle, the release said.
As a result, the group developed the inaugural Anishinaabe Art Festival with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program.
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