MAINE WABANAKI REACH
From 2018-2019, I was part of a collaborative effort to create two silkscreened maps for MAINE Wabanaki Reach's educational workshop, "Exploring Maine Wabanaki History". Maine Wabanaki Reach is a cross-cultural organization dedicated to truth-telling and decolonization.
We collected designs at Beatrice Rafferty School in Sipayik, Maine, where students were asked to express something they loved about their community or heritage. I then directly translated these images into silkscreens and printed them on a large, canvas map of the state with the help of Karin Spitfire and Barbara Kates.
In October of 2018, I served as a Visiting Artist for the introductory printmaking classes at Bowdoin College, during which we produced a second map featuring the same designs.
In 2019, I created a second version of the map with Karin Spitfre, MaryAlice Mowry, and other volunteers based out of Steel House in Rockland, Maine. Both maps are still in use for educational programs.
Silkscreening the Map, August 2018
In 2020, I became involved in Ktaadn Arts, a community arts nonprofit based in Millinocket. I helped organize Open Studio hours, where anyone in the community could gather to co-create.
Later in 2020, I joined the Ktaadn Arts Board of Directors and have been very involved in developing and sustaining the organization ever since.