MEDIA ADVISORY: Denver Art Museum hosts its 30th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration

Free admission all day, dance and drum performances, food and more

2016 Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration, ©Denver Art Museum

WHAT: The 30th Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration

WHEN: Sept. 7, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Denver Art Museum (DAM), Martin Plaza between 12th and 13th Avenues

DETAILS: Experience the vitality of the 30th anniversary of the Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration, one of the DAM’s longest running events, with FREE general admission, American Indian dance competitions, drum groups, working artists, food vendors and hands-on activities.

Express your creativity by making a Marie Watt-inspired sewing card on Martin Plaza, and go inside the museum for Create-n-Take activities in the galleries. Be dazzled by The Light Show on view in the Hamilton Building, including works from the American Indian art collection.

This year’s Friendship Powwow celebrates the life of Nancy Blomberg, who served in her curatorial role at the DAM for 28 years, overseeing the American Indian, African and Oceanic art collections. Blomberg made it a priority for the museum to work closely with members of Native American communities, and positioned the DAM as a leader in the field of American Indian art with her collaborative implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). A new song composed for the DAM, and in honor of Blomberg, by Andy Cozad (Kiowa) will debut during the Friendship Powwow in the afternoon.


11:00 a.m. Grand entry

12:00 p.m. Tiny Tots Dance Contest in Honor of Nancy Blomberg

12:15 p.m. Junior Division, Teen Division Dance Contest & Special Contests

2:00 p.m. Golden Age Division Dance Contest

2:30 p.m. Adult Division Dance Contest

3:00 p.m. Special Contests

INTERVIEWS: DAM spokesperson and dancers available upon request.

TRANSPORTATION: Skip the hassle of parking. Our ridesharing partner Lyft has your transportation covered. Use code POWWOW2019 and get 30 percent off one ride to or from the DAM for the 30th annual Friendship Powwow.

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, non-profit 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.

The Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration is sponsored by U.S. Bank and brought to you by the Denver metro citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations.

For powwow and museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit #ThanksSCFD #GraciasSCFD

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