Collaborative Event to Celebrate Native American Awareness and Culture; Call for Art and Artifacts

By Katherine Scacchetti, area of study support and textbook liaison, Center for Distance Learning

October 16, 2013

The Center for Distance Learning in conjunction with the Office of Affirmative Action, the Collegewide Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Office of Collegewide Student Services present Honoring and Discovering Our Cultures: Native American Awareness on Nov. 6. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs.

In November, America celebrates Native American History Month, honoring the history, cultures and traditions of Native American nations, both now and prior to this land becoming the United States.

Native Americans have contributed to the well-being of the U.S. in many areas, from politics to the arts to science. Native American agriculture has helped feed the world through global distribution of native plants such as corn and potatoes. One of the most influential groups the British met when they landed on these shores is the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois): Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. This Northeastern Woodlands league of nations had a constitution that radicalized the settlers' understanding of governance, inspiring them with concepts like balance of power and councils that involved everyone in democratic participation. They accorded deep respect to women, sparking early women's movements among European settlers. In these ways and others, Native America has shaped and enhanced our character as a country.

To celebrate Native American heritage and culture, Empire State College Center for Distance Learning will host a cultural event designed to inspire and bring awareness about the people, histories and cultural contributions of the Native American community through art, storytelling, foods and literature.

The community is invited. This event also will be streamed on

Call for Visual Arts and Artifacts

To celebrate Native American Awareness, visual artwork (e.g. photographs, paintings, mixed media work, fabric art, ceramics, etc.) and cultural artifacts for display are sought. To exhibit work related to this event, follow the submission information below, where participants also can give permission to display at the college.

Submission information:

Submission of digitized work (jpeg); send to by Oct. 18. Digitize in jpeg format and send as an attachment via email.

The email should include the title, size, medium and year of each work, and preference for display (either physical work or reprint).

Include contact information and a brief artist statement or description of the work.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by Oct. 25.

Drop-off date/time for physical art work or artifacts is Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

All artwork or artifacts should be labeled with name and contact information. All contributors will need to sign a release form.

Drop-off location:

Empire State College Center for Distance Learning

113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Pick up date is Dec. 9 –Dec. 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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