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Yatika Starr Fields Hosts Native Artists through Tulsa Artist Fellowship Arts Integration Award

Photo caption: Yatika Starr Fields, Osage, Cherokee and Creek, a painter, multi-year recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellowship Arts Integration Awardee. Courtesy Photo

TULSA, Okla. – Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Cherokee and Creek) hosts a visiting Native artist, in a series focusing on producing cultural awareness, reclaiming spaces and implementing decolonizing strategies for Native Americans through public infrastructure. Fields, a painter, is a multi-year recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellowship Arts Integration Awardee. Arts Integration Awards are specifically reserved for Tulsa Artist Fellows who are dedicated to continue deepening their community engagement work in Tulsa. The year-long award includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as free-living and workspace to focus on community-based projects.

“My Arts Integration project focus is to bring forth the erased voices and presence Native Americans have endured in Oklahoma and reinvigorate the arts, as a kind tool of well-being and inspiration,” says Fields. “We deserve diversity and the communities are ready for it.”

Nani Chacon, a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist (@Nanibah), will be the first visiting artist in this series. Most recognized as a painter and muralist, Chacon’s community-based arts and education are key components to her work. Chacon has been recognized for her unique style and attention paid to site specificity, as well as the integration of socio-political issues affecting women and Indigenous peoples.

As a visiting artist, Chacon will create a mural and present an accompanying artist talk to discuss the symbolism, as well as how it applies to past and current issues. The public is invited to view the mural in-process at 533 S Peoria Ave. in Tulsa, on Sept. 21-29, 2020. Social distancing and masks are required. The artist talk is open to all and will be streamed via Zoom (​https://bit.ly/3hJKzI6​) on Thursday, Sept. 24; 6-7 p.m.

To follow the mural’s on-going process, visit @TulsaArtistFellowship and @YatikaFields on Instagram. Additional visiting artists will be announced on Tulsa Artist Fellowship’s Facebook and Social Media accounts.

With the belief that arts are critical to the advancement of cultural citizenship, Tulsa Artist Fellowship supports both local and national artists while enriching the Tulsa community. Tulsa Artist Fellowship is an initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation.