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Alternate Currents Interview Series

Amplify Arts

Alternate Currents opens space for conversation, ideation, and action around national and international discussions in the arts that have a profound impact at the local level. Alternate Currents responds to these questions across multiple platforms, both on- and off line. Visit www.amplifyarts/alternate-currents for more.
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We sat down with 2019 Artist Support Grant recipients Sarah Hummel Jones and Corson Androski to find out more about the content that drives their work, their respective creative practices, and how they situate those practices within the greater economy.

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We recently asked Amplify’s 2020 Indigenous American Artist Support Grant recipient, Steve Tamayo, if he would share some of his thoughts about what it means to cultivate creative practices in rural spaces and how those practices connect revitalizing and preserving indigenous cultural knowledge to ecological justice.

Steve Tamayo draws upon his family history as a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. His fine arts education (BFA from Singe Gleska University), along with his cultural upbringing, have shaped him as an artist, historian, storyteller and dancer. Steve provides activities during his residencies that include art and regalia making, drumming, powwow dance demonstrations and lectures on the history, symbolism and meaning behind the Native customs and traditions.

Steve has considerable experience developing curricula and teaching both youth and adults, including work with the Native American Advocacy Program of South Dakota, Omaha Public Schools, Minnesota Humanities Council and Metropolitan Community College of Omaha. He also leads groups of students and teachers on cultural excursions on the Rosebud reservation, introducing them to the rich culture and way of life that is slowly being revived among native communities. He is a past Governor’s Heritage Art Award recipient, an honor bestowed for his contributions in the arts and Native American culture.

Tamayo has had work exhibited at The National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC, The Kaneko in Omaha, NE, The Great Plains Museum in Lincoln, NE, RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs, IA. His most recent work included painting buffalo robes and set design for Willie Nelson and Neil Young on the occasion of their concert for Bold Nebraska in Neligh, NE.

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We sat down recently with Paige Reitz, Deputy Director at the Union for Contemporary Art and Joey Lynch, the Union’s Director of Facilities and Sustainability to talk about the organization’s move to zero waste, the intersections of social justice and ecological justice, and collectively moving the goalpost toward carbon neutrality. Listen to the conversation below or on Amplify’s Alternate Currents blog page and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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We sat down recently with Erin Foley, Finance Manager at Film Streams, to talk about the relationship between art and labor and working toward more financial stability in cultural fields. The wide-ranging conversation unpacks ideas around wage disparity, transparency, and collective organizing.

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We recently sat down with artist and organizer, Alajia McKizia to talk about charity, solidarity, and self-determination. The conversation trained its focus on white supremacist ideologies embedded within philanthropy and emergent networks of mutual support that posit community-centric fundraising as a viable response. Listen here and visit the Alternate Currents blog on Amplify Arts' website for links to additional resources and more great conversation.

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We recently sat down with artist, organizer, and member of the Osage Nation, Lydia Cheshewalla to talk about the ways in which relationships, rooted in reciprocity and care, shape her highly collaborative practice, their potential to influence the future of cultural institutions, and what it means to opt out. Listen below or, visit the Alternate Currents blog on Amplify's website for a full transcript and links to more resources.

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