Community , Culture

Osage artists selected for Leadership Arts program

Two Osage artists are among 33 individuals selected to participate in the Oklahoma Arts Council’s 2017 Leadership Arts Program.

Addie Roanhorse and Jarica Walsh will participate in this year’s Leadership Arts program, which provides its participants with in-depth training and strategies for using arts and cultural resources to strengthen local economies, improve education, and enhance quality of life, according to a news release. Approximately 30 class members are selected each year to meet during four two-day spring sessions where they participate in panel discussions, group activities, hands-on learning, and tours of community art spaces.

Roanhorse currently works as a graphic designer for the Osage Nation where she creates advertisements and other custom images that showcase and promote the Nation’s government services and events. She is also a painter whose work was exhibited during last year’s world-renowned Santa Fe (N.M.) Indian Market.

Walsh is an artist, curator and arts administrator, according to her website.  She is a University of Oklahoma graduate with a BFA in Art, was a Fellow in 2015 Artist INC Live Oklahoma City. She was born in Pawhuska and is a proud member of the Osage Nation.  Walsh currently lives and works in Oklahoma City.

In a news release, Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples called 2017 a banner year for the program.

“This is our tenth Leadership Arts class, representing a milestone for our agency,” Sharples said in a statement. “Leadership Arts and our statewide Oklahoma Arts Conference were established because, as the state’s arts agency, we recognized the opportunity to lead in building Oklahoma’s cultural infrastructure. Ten years later, through these programs and others, we are positioned to continue to help meet vital needs within our state.”

As part of the program, there will be four class sessions that will take place across the country with Pawhuska hosting a two-day session April 26-27. Nationally recognized, the Leadership Arts program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a project of the Oklahoma Arts Council in cooperation with the communities of Sulphur, Lawton, Pawhuska, Tulsa, and Enid.

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