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Second Annual Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience New with Powerhouse Partnerships
Albuquerque, New Mexico – Indigenous resilience, culture and art will be celebrated with an expanded line-up of new partner organizations from across the southwest at the second annual Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience (RezArtX) April 29-30. This now, two-day festival will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC, 1701 4th SW, Albuquerque, NM). On April 29, doors will open at 6:30pm for a concert featuring a roster of energetic Indigenous performers with both traditional and contemporary styles. Sunday, April 30 is a full day of family-friendly festivities that kicks-off with the Wings of America, Rio-Rez Run on the Bosque at 8am. The event continues with interactive art installations, workshops, film screenings, a fashion show and much more from 9am to 6pm. This second annual event promises to share a contemporary look at Indigenous art and life-ways and promote a positive and highly creative environment.
RezArtX is an organization dedicated to producing creative spaces that promote imagining, learning and practicing positive life-ways to foster achievement for Indigenous communities. The VOICE concert (April 29) will feature among others Lindy Vision, the indie-electro new wave rock band and singer-songwriter, Raye Zaragoza. Another key area is the EXCHANGE Market Place, featuring 40 vendors. Executive Director, Warren Montoya, says, “This is a great opportunity for Indigenous artisans and businesses form our communities to connect with more diverse crowds.”
For the second year, premiere art institutions and organizations will collaborate with RezArtX to create a dynamic day of community activities. The NHCC leads the roster as the host venue. SITE Santa Fe will highlight a zine project by Native American students from Santa Fe Indian School and artist Raven Chacon (Navajo). The Heard Museum based in Phoenix, Arizona will produce a drop-in printmaking workshop with master printmaker Jacob Meders (Mechoopda Maidu) and renowned textile artist Melissa Cody (Navajo). Marcus Monenerkit (Comanche), Heard Museum Director of Community Engagement shares, “We are thrilled to support this festival for the second year in a row. As an arts community, we need to collaborate and hold space to garner more awareness about who Indigenous people are today.” In alignment, local powerhouse Harwood Art Center and lead artist Jodie Herrera will invite attendees to contribute to the growing art collaboration rooted in examining what is currently missing in our community/ies. Titled Missing Persons?, these works will become an installation at Rezilience and be featured in the annual social justice exhibition at Harwood in September. Other partner organizations include: The Institute of American Indian Arts, Immastar Productions, NDNcraft.com, The Pueblo of Santa Ana Department of Natural Resources and many others.
RezArtX launched a unique crowdfunding opportunity which offers exclusive incentives produced by the organization to support their work. Incentives include the Rezilience Unity Cuff made in collaboration with Turquoise Skies jewelry company. RezArtX will hold a special Preview Party on March 31 at DUEL Brewery in Albuquerque, NM. This event will share a taste of what locals can expect on April 30th and provide supporters with a chance to participate in an auction featuring unique American Indian art.
For more festival information and tickets, visit www.rezartx.com. Special Dream Passes are available for $40 and include event swag, access to the VOICE concert and the REZILIENCE Day festivities. VOICE Concert tickets are $20. The REZILIENCE Day event ticket is $10; children ages 7 and under are free with a paying adult.
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