unt was built on wichita, caddo, Kickapoo, Tawakoni, Waco and Keechi land.
This project is meant to engage the greater UNT community with the factual and honorable histories and present-day contributions of Native American and Indigenous peoples of North Texas. The installation will bring awareness to the struggles faced by these communities throughout time and highlight the thriving contemporary Native communities of today. The artwork will serve as a living acknowledgement of the original peoples of the land on which the university was built as well as honor the present-day Native students and communities that study at UNT and reside in North Texas.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The UNT Native American Student Association (NASA) will collaborate with students in the Fall 2020 course ASTU 3804-501 Intermediate Sculpture: Art in Public to conceptualize, create, and install 3D artwork on the University of North Texas campus that acknowledges the original Native peoples whose land the university occupies as well as its present-day Native community. The permanently-designated site on campus will provide space for dynamic art installations every 3 to 5 years in collaboration with a class, artist, or donors.
Create a visible safe space and welcoming atmosphere for Native and Indigenous current and prospective UNT students
Allow classes, departments, administration and the greater Denton community a pathway to engaging in meaningful dialogue with and concerning Native and Indigenous peoples
Build and accentuate the relationships between the Native and Indigenous students on campus, the CVAD department, and the university through art as a means to educate and inspire activism
Install a visible reminder of Native and Indigenous peoples’ existence to combat centuries of historical erasure by systems and institutions
we. are. still. here.
• NASA plans curriculum with ASTU 3804-501
• Decide on parameters for 3D artwork + take site options from students
• Gather preliminary funding + letters of support
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2020
• Assemble selection committee (tribal leaders, NASA reps, faculty supporters, admin, DFW Native community)
• ASTU 3804-501 begins research in groups
• Propose project to administration
• Request site + funding from UNT
• Final student proposals submitted for critique
• Funding goals solidified
• Proposals narrowed down to finalists + sent to selection committee to review
• Proposal selected by committee
• Final approval from admin
• Materials identified + purchasing plan in place
• Class proposals submitted to CVAD galleries director for gallery exhibition in Spring 2021
• Site preparation by UNT facilities + fabrication of artwork at site
• NASA hosts gathering ceremony to dedicate artwork and site
• Learning guide released to UNT faculty and staff for future use
• Webpage created on UNT website with learning materials and overview of project available to public
FUNDING + SUPPORT
The Onstead Institute functions as a platform that fosters programs, collaborative initiatives, research, and resources at the leading-edge of K-12 art education.
TEXAS FASHION INSTITUTE
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NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT ASSN.
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