Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Stephen Fadden

Stephen Fadden is an educator, storyteller, motivational speaker, and performing artist. He holds BA and MA degrees in Communication from Cornell University and an AFA in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to be the 2007 Visiting Scholar at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he is as a Distance Learning Coordinator for the Center of Lifelong Education and an adjunct faculty member. Fadded has lectured in the Communication Department and American Indian Program at Cornell University, where he won the Paramount Professor Award by the Greek Panhellenic Society for excellence in teaching and student motivation.  He has worked throughout New York state as a multicultural education consultant for public schools, examining ways stories can help students find connections and meaning in their educational experience.  Fadden advised the Discovery Channel on the history of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) in its production of “Divided We Fall.”  He has been a featured lecturer and performing artist for the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum of the American Indian; the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis; and many storytelling festivals.