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The Venice Six at the Biennale

To Our Potential Donors and Friends:

In April of 2011, 10 students from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) were invited to participate in the Marist College Venice Biennale program.  For one month 22 students from all over the United States will be immersed inside the Biennale—the largest art exposition in the world.   At the end of the program the world press and the Venice community comes to see the work we will create from our Venice experience. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and it is also of historic precedence.

The Marist Venice Biennale program originally chose 10 artists from the IAIA.  Six of us will go. This honor comes with expenses however.  The cost for each participant will be $11,500. We need your help to find the resources necessary.  As of this date we are over halfway there in terms of gaining the funds we will need. As a group we have raised approximately $35,000.

In 1995 Edward Poitras, a treaty Indian of Métis ancestry and a member of the Gordon First Nation, represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.  He was the first indigenous person from North America chosen to represent his country. 

The birthplace of IAIA is Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is the third largest art market in the United States. One and a half million people come to this small city every year.  Many of them want to experience the art of Native peoples from the United States. They also come in August for the largest Indian Market in the world– to SWAIA (the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts). 

As of 2011, the US has yet to include its diverse and dynamic Native American artists within their cohort of representatives at the prestigious Venice Biennale. Native American artistry can reflect relevant and refreshing ways of seeing; we can add dynamic contributions toward our country’s presence at the Venice Biennale world exposition. We believe Native artists would do our shared Nation honor in the world arena of art.

However you may help us, it will reflect tenfold in prestige. Of course it will reflect upon our school, our museum, MoCNA and our Center for Lifelong Education — our hub to all the communities surrounding us.  But it may also reflect towards Native communities across the United States, to the State of New Mexico, to the US as a whole and to the world at large by in some way reflecting deep beauty and poignancy of our country.  We also believe that the commitment that we have as part of the IAIA community, to our work as artists, and to our goodwill ambassadorship, will open the eyes of those we encounter in Venice– perhaps it will even help the US government to one day include Native perspectives in its depiction of itself for the 2013 Venice Biennale.  

If you have any questions of us, we thank you and look forward to meeting with you to discuss what is possible. 

Sincerely, 

The Venice Six:
Daryl Lucero
Crystal Worl
Dylan Mclaughlin
Alicia Maria Da Silva 
Brian Fleetwood
Daniel Grignon          

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and marked for the
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 are 100% tax deductible:

Att: Kirsten Jasna Director of Institutional Advancement
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM  87508
(505) 424-2309
(800) 804.6423
kjasna@iaia.edu