Awi’nakola Artists’ Visit
May 16, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry
929 E 60th Street

“Awi’nakola” means “we are one with the land and the sea.” It is also the name for a foundation started by a group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, scientists, and artists working together to find effective responses to the climate crisis and to educate others through the process. The artists on the team work across media, from traditional carving to land-based performance to sound to the digital sublime. Join us as they share working processes and work-in-progress for Awi’nakola.

This program is part of the Awi’nakola artists’ week-long visit to Chicago to connect, share ideas, and plant seeds toward future collaborations. The Awi’nakola art team consists of artists Rande Cook (Ma’amtagila), Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde (Kanienke’haka), Kelly Richardson, and Paul Walde—all based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia—and Chicago-based curator Stephanie Smith. Smith will co-host the evening with the Gray Center’s Zachary Cahill.

Food and drink will be served.
Free and open to the public.


For more about the week long program please click here.


The Awi’nakola artists’ visit to Chicago is supported by the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry; Office of the Provost; Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity and Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society; and by the Center for Native Futures. Additional support for the Awi’nakola artists’ visit is provided by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Watershed: Art + Ecology.


Image: Artist Kelly Richardson gathering high-resolution images of “slash piles” on a clear-cut site on Vancouver Island for use in a work for Awi’nakola, summer 2022 (Photo: Stephanie Smith)