gallupARTS’ 5th Annual Youth Art Show
gallupARTS’ largest ever show of student artwork will range from pre-school students’ embroidery and sewing to self portraits by mid and high school students. This work comes from 14 schools, 15 teachers and 200 students who will participate from across McKinley County. Some schools are returning and will have participated in all 5 years of shows and others are entering for the first time. New this year are two charter schools and home schooled students. Across the board, you will see high quality and original artwork in many different styles and media.
The 5th Annual Youth Art Show is held in March to coincide with National Youth Art Month and the opening is held in conjunction with the first ArtsCrawl of the season. gallupARTS is proud to help recognize Gallup’s up-and-coming generation of talented artists and their hard-working teachers who bring out students’ creativity. Please come out and see their work on opening night on March 9. The show runs through April 10.
Participating Schools and Teacher Name are:
Christensen Home School: Anna Christensen
Crownpoint High School: Cynthia Hanna
Crownpoint Mid School: Psyche Read
Gallup Mid School: Michael Gambil
Hozho Academy: Kelly Stapp
Lincoln Elementary: Jalal Quinn
Mariano Lake Community School: Stacey Hunkus
Miyamura High School: Tine Hayes
Navajo Elementary: Amy Braden
Six Directions Indigenous School: Sage Addison
Thoreau Mid School: Mark Ruschmeier
Tohatchi High School: Kelly Sari
Tohatchi Mid School: Melissa Novak
Twin Lakes Elementary: Amanda Penaloza
Why become a gallupARTS member? Here’s why!
Reason #1: to help gallupARTS deliver on its mission to “foster creativity, culture, commerce, and quality of life in Gallup and McKinley County through the arts.”
The contributions of gallupARTS members are essential in helping gallupARTS not only reach, but exceed its 2018 goals—and the year isn’t over yet!
By the end of this year, gallupARTS will have created opportunities for 450 emerging and professional artists and 400 student artists, and will have engaged 17,250+ McKinley County residents in the arts through 12 different community-based programs.
In 2018, gallupARTS successfully executed 8 grant projects, totaling $207,400, including:
– A $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to design a website showcasing Gallup’s collection of New Deal art;
– A $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America grant to produce Gallup’s first-ever Native American Artist-in-Residence program at ART123 Gallery;
– A $150,000 NEA Our Town grant to lead an arts-focused, community-based process to design the future downtown Coal Avenue Commons.
Additional highlights from 2018 include increased advocacy and action at the State and national levels. In the last year, gallupARTS
– Was selected to participate in the 2018 National Association of Counties Creative Placemaking Challenge;
– Presented downtown revitalization strategies at the 2018 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit – West.
– Was profiled in the August 2018 issue of New Mexico Magazine;
– Presented in the economic impact of the arts to 3 New Mexico Legislative Committees: Senate Finance Committee, Legislative Finance Committee, and Economic & Rural Development Committee;
– Presented on projects leveraging public art at the 2018 New Mexico Association of Museums Annual Conference;
– Had Best in Show Night hosted at ART123 Gallery nominated for a “Best New Experience” Top HAT award by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
Looking ahead to next year, gallupARTS will be continuing its current signature programs: ART123 Gallery, LOOM Gallery, Young Artists of McKinley County and NorthFest. An added focus of gallupARTS’ will be to enhance its gallery programs through more artist talks, classes and workshops. It will also be seeking to expand on its NorthFest program, providing more arts engagement opportunities in Gallup’s Northside neighborhoods. Additionally, gallupARTS has been encouraged to apply for a $100,000 grant from the NEH to continue developing the Gallup New Deal Art website, and a $30,000 NEA ArtWorks grant to produce another Native American Artist-in-Residence program.
Reason #2: The perks!
All gallupARTS members receive a postcard magnet featuring work by a local artist, get the inside scoop on exciting things happening in Gallup’s arts community, and are invited to special events, such as gallupARTS’ annual Member Appreciation Night.
One highlight of ART123 Gallery’s upcoming August Show the rugs and purses woven by students of the Bááhááli Chapter’s Summer Youth Weaving Employment Program (SYWP). Nine students, ages 16 to 23, joined the Program this summer for the chance to learn weaving techniques from a master weaver, develop positive work habits, and have a hands-on cultural experience.
For 10 years, the SYWP has been providing high school and college students with a unique summer employment opportunity. No other Chapter in the Eastern Navajo Agency is using Navajo Nation Summer Youth Employment Funds to promote cultural as well as economic sustainability. As artist and SYWP Intern Aaron Yazzie explains, “while students are learning meaningful job skills, they are at the same time preserving a cultural art form.”
Weaver Elouise Washburn is the instructor in charge of passing down tradition. Washburn has been a weaver for 35 years. She learned from her mother and aunties, and is motivated to teach younger generations. “I see kids that are returning and they know what to do,” she says after many summers with SYWP. “I want to instill a legacy of weaving into them so that in the future they will be showing their rugs elsewhere.” Washburn jokes that she is committed to teaching “as long as she can walk.” “By that time,” she says, “there are some younger kids that can take over to keep it going because I’m not going to be here forever. But at least I taught some kids how to weave.”
Bááhááli Chapter Manager Gloria Skeet deCruz recognizes that one of the most important purposes of the SYWP program is to help students “learn about their Navajo identity and culture.” Yazzie agrees. “Many Native youth today are struggling to find their identity because so much of our culture is pervaded by the preponderant and homogenizing influences of ‘American’ culture,” he says. “I believe the SYWP is successfully restoring the cultural identity of youth through Navajo weaving to reconnect and rediscover their rich cultural heritage.”
As for the students, they too value the Program not only for the skills it teaches and the income it provides, but also for the inspiration they gain from it. “[What I appreciate most about SYWP] is learning the ability to weave,” shares one student. “It has taught me to discipline myself while making beautiful creations at my fingertips.” Another chimes in, “I appreciate the fun and joy in the weaving; to make a natural design and find peaceful inspiration in the skill and knowledge.”
“There is an entire history to be learned,” Yazzie says of weaving. “I find it comforting to know culture and tradition is never static but always adapting and growing into new forms with each era,” he explains.
Come see the newest generation of Navajo weavers at The August Show at ART123 Gallery, on view from August 9th – September 2nd. Don’t miss the official show opening during ArtsCrawl on Saturday, August 12th from 7 – 9pm.