Sunday May 21, 2023

Join us for three exciting panels on how tradition continues and changes, how organizations advocate for their communities through art, the role dress, regalia, and attire act as a form of empowerment and pride in self-expression. Located in the Salt Lake Public Library Comic Book Space.

Passing it Down: The Continuation of Tradition

1:15 – 2:15 pm

What does it mean to pass down and maintain tradition? What is the importance of seeing traditions continue, and how do they change? In this panel, three apprentices from the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program discuss their art form, the importance of local knowledge, and how tradition continues to change and develop.

Ways of Being: Advocacy in the Traditional Arts

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Art has long served a role in the survival, sustainment, and advancement of communities throughout history. Today, art continues to be necessary to advocate, and reflect on and preserve the past, reckon with the present, and envision a greater future. This discussion will dive into three community representatives’ stories of using art as advocacy, and its role in shaping a more just world. 

Dress, Regalia, Attire: Traditional Expressions of Identity

 4:00- 5:00 pm

The role of traditional attire, regalia, and dress have, and continue to, play a significant role in community identity and expression. This can take on many roles: as religious significance, regional or local identity and pride, as well as for a variety of special events occasions. Throughout this panel, three artists from different communities and cultures discuss these aspects of identity and expression.