The Arts Council has announced the dates for its artist training program for the uranium mining exhibition planned for next year at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The exhibition, tentatively titled Hope & Trauma in a Poisoned Land, will explore the impact of uranium mining on Navajo land and people through the eyes of artists. Like with the Fires of Change exhibition before it, artists showing work in the exhibition must participate in an extensive training program to learn about the impacts of uranium mining. The program is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The training program will provide artists a scientific understanding of the impacts of uranium mining contamination on the land and people. Further, participants will hear from Navajo families about the effects on their way of life. It is expected that speakers will include best-selling authors, medical professionals, government officials from the EPA and Dept. of Labor, and Navajo elders and activists. The general schedule is posted below; it is expected that a detailed schedule with locations and speakers will be posted in September.
Artists wishing to participate in the exhibition must attend the full training, and must register in advance. Registration is now open on the Arts Council’s website.
Hope & Trauma in a Poisoned Land
Educational Program for Artists
Dates: October 20-23, 2016
Attendance is required at the full schedule in order to submit art for consideration (no partial attendance will be permitted). More information and venues will be posted in late summer. Times are approximate; the full detailed schedule with venues and speakers will be posted in September.
History and Impact of Uranium Mining on Navajo People and Land
Thursday, October 20, 9am-5pm – Flagstaff, Arizona
Stories from Navajo People
Friday, October 21, 9am-5pm – Cameron, Arizona
Field Trips to Mining Sites and to Homes
Saturday, October 22, 9am-5pm – Cameron and surrounding areas
Psychological Impact of Uranium Mining / Group Reflections
Sunday, October 23, 10am-2pm – Flagstaff, Arizona
The training is free for all artists with an interest in the subject matter. Registration and RSVP is required to attend.