Denver Art Museum Announces Four-Month-Long Collaborative Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Project Kicking Off in May

WHAT This May, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program will feature three alumni artist residents, including Melanie Yazzie, Walt Pourier and Gregg Deal, for a one-of-a-kind collaborative project titled Action X Community X Togetherness. While their artistic styles and mediums vary, the collaboration is focused on one central theme: art as a call to action and a catalyst for change. Their exploration of this theme will drive a variety of joint projects, such as talks, tours and workshops where visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the artists through September 2017. The program launched in 2012 to highlight the ongoing creativity among Native American artists, while enlivening museum experiences and spotlighting key permanent museum collections.

WHERE Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204

WHEN May 6–Sept. 10, 2017

DETAILS Public programming will take place during the following events:

  • Talks and artmaking workshops at Untitled Final FridaysMay 26, June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25
  • Demonstrations at Free First Saturdays‒May 6, June 3 and July 1
  • Hands-on artmaking at the Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration‒Sept. 9

About The Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, cultural and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit

Images courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. (L-R Walt Pourier, Melanie Yazzie, Gregg Deal)

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