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Grantee: Diane Covington

Project Title: Eleven Gatherings: Seasonal Stories, Lessons, and Art from a Plateau Salish Perspective
Year awarded: 2019, Round 3

SAGA support will enable Spokane Tribal elder and local artist Diane Covington to host ten workshops focused on indigenous principles and drawing local Native artists into the spotlight.

Tribal elder and Sanpoil/Spokane artist Diane Covington will hold ten workshops throughout 2020 integrating art making and artistic practice, seasonal stories and lessons, the Spokane language, and indigenous principles. The group will depict authentic objects from Covington’s personal collection. Covington will provide direction to participants when needed but a hands-off approach is culturally congruent to Native instructional methods. These gatherings will focus more on content and meaning than technique.

The monthly, two-and-a-half hour sessions will be open to twelve participants each. Participants can take part in all or any portion of the series. Covington will curate four group exhibits throughout the year of works made by the participants. She hopes this series will draw more Native artists out of the shadows.

The series of workshops is scheduled to begin in February 2020 at Hatch classroom, 9612 East Sprague. Registration for any session is $50.