LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

PROJECT PROPOSAL

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

16_687_CampusLateSept114A%20(1)_edited.j

PROJECT

DESCRIPTION

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.

PROJECT GOALS

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.

TIMELINE

AUGUST 2020

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

November

2020

Final student proposals submitted for critique

Funding goals solidified

Proposals narrowed down to finalists + sent to selection committee to review

DECEMBER

2020

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

FALL

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

ONSTEAD INSTITUTE

Funding:

$2000

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

The UNT Texas Fashion Collection is an archive of nearly 20,000 historic and designer garments and accessories spanning over 250 years of fashion history.

Funding:

$500

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT ASSN.

UNT NASA has created a GoFundMe account to gather donations from community members, partner organizations and allies. Donate today!

TBD

Funding:

PRIDE ALLIANCE

The Pride Alliance was created to provide a campus office to specialize in resources on gender and sexuality and a safe space for marginalized orientations, gender identities, intersex, and questioning students.

UNT ANTHROPOLOGY

UNT Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Funding:

$100

© 2019 UNT NASA

Follow Us:

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon