Fairbanks Festival of Native Arts seeking entries for 2021 virtual festival

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:16 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Festival of Native Arts is currently seeking Alaska Native artists looking to sell their art during the event, as well as Alaska Native Dance Groups to submit videos of their performances for their 2021 virtual festival.

The festival is a student-run event that will be hosted online this year after having to cancel the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tia Tidwell, Assistant Professor for the Department of Native Studies and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) told us, “The Festival of Native Arts is a student-run, student-led event that happens at UAF, and it’s been happening for many, many years. Last year unfortunately it was canceled, and this year we are re-envisioning it as a virtual event. It will take place March 25th, 26th, and 27th.”

The event will take place online using the Zoom Webinar platform and will be streaming each of the three days.

“We are soliciting people to submit dance videos, and it’s okay if the dance videos are from past performances. We want everyone to make sure that they’re following the COVID guidelines of our community. But if you have a high quality video of a past performance, or if it’s safe to record a new performance, either of those is fine and we’d be happy to receive those until March 1st,” commented Tidwell.

The event is also seeking Alaska Native artists looking to sell their pieces during the event.

“We’re also looking for artists who want to sell their work on our virtual platform. We’re going to be using Collective 49, which is a Native run business that’s held virtual art markets for the Doyon Holiday Market and also for AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives). So they are experienced and willing to work with people with their technological questions and issues,” said Tidwell.

Tidwell went on to explain that the theme of this year’s Festival of Native Arts is “Honor Our Elders, and the students chose this theme at the beginning of the year because our actions are so important for honoring our Elders, and also because our Elders have wisdom around being resilient in times of crisis.”

More information on the festival and how to sign up are available both on the Festival of Native Arts website and Facebook page.

(Festival of Native Arts)

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