Summer 2022 Social Justice Creative-in-Residence

Meek Watchman:
Indigenous Circus Poetry

Residency Project

gallupARTS is pleased to announce Diné poet, aerialist, and painter Meek Watchman as its Summer 2022 Social Justice Creative-in-Residence. From June through August, Meek will be working at ART123 Gallery to develop a youth-focused Indigenous social circus curriculum that brings together aerial arts, creative writing, and the principles of K’e to help pre-teens and teens build self-esteem, develop trust, and establish a sense of belonging.  

As part of researching and writing an innovative arts education program, Meek will be teaching an 8-week aerial arts intensive for two Indigenous youth and hosting a one-day aerial arts workshop for several more. The intensive program will culminate in a public performance and reception. Meek will also engage the public in understanding the power of circus arts for youth and community development through an introductory talk, a demo, and “window gallery” of black and white photography.

Calendar of Public Programs

  • Wednesday, June 15: Residence Talk: “What is Indigenous Circus Poetry?” (6pm, ART123 Gallery)
  • Friday, July 29: Jade’s Debut Aerial Performance (6:30pm, ART123 Gallery)
  • Saturday, August 13: Aerial Arts Demonstration (7:30pm, ART123 Gallery)
    Meek will demonstrate the aerial lyra during ArtsCrawl. 
  • Saturday, August 13: “Window Gallery” Show Opening (7 – 9pm, windows of ART123 Gallery)
    Check out black and white still images of youth aerial arts in the window of ART123 Gallery. 
Funding for the Creative-in-Residence program is provided by WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation) and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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