The Arts Council has announced the full program slate for the Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, the upcoming major exhibition that explores the impact of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people. Through the participating artists, Hope and Trauma will share stories and perspectives from Navajo people of their experiences due to radiation-related impacts to their bodies, their land, their water, their animals, and the natural materials and objects they use in their everyday lives. Art work will be based on a series of interactions, shared stories, and educational programs that took place in Cameron, Arizona, and in Flagstaff, in October 2016. Artists attended a four-day intensive education program which immersed them in the landscape where uranium mining and contamination has occurred on the Navajo Nation. They learned from Navajo community members, scientists, health care professionals, mental health professionals, and other experts about the impacts of uranium mining.
This blockbuster exhibition is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition will be open to the public beginning August 15, 2017, and remain open through October 28, 2017. To explore the many aspect of this complex issue, there will be several events that provide education and insight. In addition to preview and public receptions, there will be three different educational talks to give patrons a deeper understanding of the impact of uranium mining here in Northern Arizona. A concert from Navajo rock group Sihasin is scheduled for September 8. The full slate of events is listed below.