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Gallery Talk: Native Realities

November 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A groundbreaking new show, Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, and Future shares the stories of superheroes across Native cultures. Join us for a conversation with Lee Francis IV of Native Realities Publishing, Michaela Shirley and Ted Jojola of Indigenous Design + Planning Institute, and Alice Loy of Creative Startups on Saturday, November 12 from 2-3 pm.

More about the speakers:

Lee Francis IV (Laguna) is the CEO of the comic book company Native Realities, which took top prize at the 2016 Creative Startups Accelerator in Albuquerque, and the National Director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pueblo of Laguna Education Foundation and the Youth Development Coordinator for Laguna Partners For SuccessIn his career, Dr. Francis has had the distinct pleasure to work as a classroom instructor at Laguna-Acoma High School, the University of New Mexico, and the Native American Community Academy. In 2014, he received his PhD in Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. His work as a poet and scholar has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is also a National Champion performance poet, a humble husband and proud father. He lives in Albuquerque with his wonderful family and crazy dog.

Michaela Shirley is the program specialist at Indigenous Design + Planning Institute. She is originally from Kin Dah Lichii (Red House), Arizona. She has a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from Arizona State University, and a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from University of New Mexico. Michaela has research interests in schools and its role in the community development of Indigenous communities. She has sights on a PhD program in the near future, it is just a matter of finding a good program.

Dr. Ted Jojola is the director of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute. He has a distinguished career as an educator and practitioner in urban and regional planning and other related subjects, with particular specialty in indigenous planning. Since 1980, he has taught at the University of New Mexico. He served as director of Native American Studies from 1980 to 1996, acting director of the Community and Regional Planning Program in 1995-96 and director in 2004-05. In 2010, he obtained funding for iArchitecture, an interdisciplinary course on contemporary indigenous architecture at UNM. He has an ongoing cultural consultancy with the Native American Cultural Center, Northern Arizona State University, Studio Ma Architects. Dr. Jojola prepared the Tribal Planning Student Internships & Planning Information Handbook for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department in 2009.

Jojola conducted community workshops on indigenous planning for the US Department of Justice and regional workshops on tribal community planning, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians in 2008. He is an ongoing participant in the Indigenous Planning Exchange, US Department of Education since 2007. Dr. Jojola participated in the Visioning 21st Century Tribal Community Planning, Tribal Planning Summit, Arizona State University in 2007.He has also been involved since 2007 with the New Mexico Indian Education Atlas.

Alice Loy is a Co-founder of Creative Startups and widely considered a leading authority on entrepreneurship in the creative economy.  Dr. Loy created the Creative Startups Accelerator with a vision for catalyzing high growth company formation in the under-served creative economy. A sought-after speaker on topics ranging from developing creative economy ecosystems to investing in the creative economy, Alice frequently travels to Europe, Asia, and Latin America to work with entrepreneurs and economic development leaders.  Alice has lived and worked in Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and China.  She holds a PhD in Strategic Communication and Entrepreneurship and an MBA.  She speaks Spanish fluently.

Click here to more about our Native Realities exhibition.


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