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Pequot Museum Hosts Inaugural Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM) East
More than 80 Artists Including Fashion Designers, Filmmakers and Musicians to Showcase Vibrant Indigenous Art Community

Mashantucket, Conn. April 4, 2016 After two successful shows in Santa Fe, the Indigenous Fine Art Market has partnered with the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance to produce IFAM(E). The inaugural east coast show will take place May 20-22 at the stunning Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Conn., where more than 80 indigenous artists and performers from across the U.S. and Canada will showcase and sell their contemporary and traditional art. Open to the public, IFAM(E) is expected to be the largest indigenous art show and celebration in the Northeast.

 

In addition to the juried art show featuring exceptional original works, IFAM(E) will feature Native hip hop artists, reggae bands and singer songwriters, traditional music and dance, film, fashion, installation art, live painting, youth art and traditional foods. Signature Native dishes from renowned chef Sherry Pocknett (Mashpee Wampanoag) will be offered, and Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) of NIAA has worked to ensure the show reflects the richness and diversity of northeastern Native cultures. Special weekend rates are available to IFAM(E) attendees at Foxwoods Resort, located just one half mile from the museum.

IFAM(E)artists include basket weaver Jeremy Frey (Penobscot), reggae performer Cempoalli, potter Brenda Hill (Six Nations Tuscarora), beadwork designer Katrina Mitten (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), jeweler James Jones (Mashantucket Pequot) and youth artist Graham Gruner (Narragansett). For a complete lineup of artists please visit www.indigefam.org/ifame-artists.html or www.facebook.com/indigefam.

“It's an exciting time for the indigenous arts community. We created IFAM to declare and share who we are as individuals and who we are as indigenous people today. We are here, we are diverse, and despite countless obstacles, we thrive." – Tailinh Agoyo, IFAM

IFAM(E) Schedule:

Kickoff Glow Dance Party featuring DJ Brian Frejo and Quese IMC

Friday, May 20, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Members $5 / General $10 / Children free

VIP Event

Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

A guided tour to meet artisans and make advance purchases, includes light refreshments and Champagne

$50

Fine Art Show & Celebration

Saturday, May 21- Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Members $5 day pass / General $10 day pass / Children free

IFAM is currently looking for major sponsorships of all kinds for the stage, programming, facilities, and events. To discuss sponsorships, contact Tailinh Agoyo at tailinh@indigefam.org or Jonna Chokas at jchokas@pequotmuseum.org .

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