Opening Celebration of Native American and American Art Gallery

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Jul 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Jul 23, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Celebrate our new exhibition On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America, which explores how art can help us understand what it means to belong to family, community, and this place we now call America. Enjoy the acoustic melodies of Kalyn Fay Barnoski and the folkloric sounds of Grace Givertz, then experience the power of poetry with live readings from published author Anna V. Q. Ross, the innovative duo Adobo-Fish-Sauce, and a poetry screening featuring Amanda Gorman. Head over to the Create Studio in the afternoon to create your own pinch pot home out of clay.


Poetry Screening of In This Place (An American Lyric) by Amanda Gorman
10 am–5 pm | Meet outside exhibition entrance

American poet and activist Amanda Gorman’s work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. This poem will be on video loop throughout the day.

Musical Performance by Kalyn Fay Barnoski

11–11:30 am | Main Atrium

Kalyn Fay Barnoski

Kalyn Fay Barnoski (Cherokee Nation enrollee, Muscogee Creek descent) is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, curator, and educator from Oklahoma. Their work focuses on self-location, community-building, collaboration, and empathy through the use of music, publication, storytelling and contemporary craft.

Poetry Performance by Anna V.Q. Ross

1–1:30 pm | Main Atrium

Anna V. Q. Ross

Anna V. Q. Ross is the poetry editor for Salamander Magazine and teaches creative writing and literature at Tufts University and at MCI Concord through the Emerson Prison Initiative. Her most recent book Flutter, Kick won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her previous book, If a Storm, won the Robert Dana-Anhinga prize from Anhinga Press, and she is also the author of two poetry chapbooks.

Drop-In Art Making

1–3 pm | Create Space

Pinch pot

What does home mean to you? Many animal beings (including humans) build their homes with stones and mud materials for shelter, warmth and protection. Shape a pinch pot home of your own with a ball of clay. Feel the texture in your hands as you sculpt a place where you would love to live. All supplies provided during workshop.

Musical Performance by Grace Givertz
2–2:30 pm | Main Atrium

Grace Givertz

Grace Givertz is a Boston-based indie folk singer songwriter. She pairs her witty and honest lyrics with various instruments to bring a refreshing sound to folk.


Poetry Performance and Food Demonstration with Adobo-Fish-Sauce
3–4 pm | Main Atrium

Adobo Fish Sauce

A Puerto Rican and a Cambodian walk into a kitchen. The kitchen is your heart. The food is made with food. The food is sometimes poems. Either way you are fed. Adobo-Fish-Sauce is an active choice to celebrate in the face of bitterness. It is responding to “Go back to where you come from!” by bringing where they are from right to you. The duo fuses spoken word, cooking, intentionality, vulnerability, and joy to create a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found in any kitchen or open mic.