Supporting Indigenous Communities: Cultural Nuances & Thoughtful Impact
Tuesday, June 13, 2:00pm EDT/11:00am PDT
- Heather Bruegl, M.A, historian, Indigenous consultant, lecturer
- Joseph M. Pierce, associate professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University
- Jolene Rickard, Ph.D., visual historian, artist and curator
As arts and culture funders seek to expand their impact and center ALAANA communities, they beg the question, “How can I do this more equitably and thoughtfully?
In response, we know that both collectively and when disaggregated, arts funding towards ALAANA communities data reflects a collective need. However, there still remains a need for specific and carefully tiered support towards each racial and cultural demographic.
In this fireside-chat style webinar, we will discuss the needs and nuances of Indigenous communities in the United States, on Turtle Island, and globally. The Indigenous community is not a monolith, and therefore, funding strategies should not be monolithic either.
What are the unique factors that funders should consider when supporting Indigenous artists? What types of questions should funders be able to answer before they share an RFP? What “pro-tips” might artists recommend to funders for their grant panelist vetting processes? What are the details that funders may overlook?
Join us on June 13, 2023 at 2p ET/11a PT for this fireside chat, where Indigenous artists share their perspectives for funder consideration. We will be joined by Heather Bruegl, M.A, historian, Indigenous consultant, lecturer; Joseph M. Pierce, associate professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University; and Jolene Rickard, Ph.D., visual historian, artist and curator.
Live captioning will be available in English throughout the webinar. For additional accommodation requests, please contact GIA Senior Program Manager Sherylynn Sealy, at least three (3) business days prior to the event.
Heather Bruegl, M.A, historian, Indigenous consultant, lecturer
Heather Bruegl is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee. She is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Her research comprises numerous topics related to American history, legacies of colonization, and Indigeneity, including the Dakota War of 1862, the history of American Boarding Schools, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW). Heather has presented her work at academic institutions including the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bard College, Vassar College, and Brooklyn Law School. Heather consults for a variety of museums and universities and is a frequent lecturer at conferences on topics ranging from intergenerational racism and trauma to the fight for clean water in the Native community. She has been invited to share her research on Native American history, including policy and activism, equity in museums, and land back initiatives for such institutions as the Tate and the Brooklyn Public Library. Heather opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan, in January 2018, and at the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC, in January 2019. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Heather spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota, for its Talking Circle Series. Heather is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she is studying First Nations Education with a focus on creating inclusive historical narratives for teaching. Heather is a public historian, activist, and independent consultant who works with institutions and organizations for Indigenous sovereignty and collective liberation.
Joseph M. Pierce, associate professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University