News Release 062

"Tuesdays at the Capitol" features folk artists in April

Volume 39-062 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Missouri State Parks is partnering with the Missouri Folk Arts Program to sponsor “Tuesdays at the Capitol” in April at the Missouri State Museum. This year, Native American traditional arts and artists will be featured on April 10 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Missouri State Museum, located on the first floor of the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

This annual event brings Missouri’s best traditional artists to the museum for live, hands-on demonstrations. These gifted Missouri artists are current participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program which pairs master traditional artists with talented apprentices to pass artistic and cultural traditions on to the next generations.

On April 10, Wendi Wald of Jamestown and her apprentice Dona McKinney of Holts Summit will display the art of Native American moccasin making and the colorful decorative beadwork of the southern and northern plains. Wald, who is Lakota, grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. Twenty-five years ago, she started to learn beadwork, moccasin making, sewing skills and other arts from her grandmother and aunts. Moccasins and beadwork are important components of traditional clothing or “regalia” worn by dancers at pow-wows and other important cultural events and ceremonies.

On April 17, Dona McKinney of Holts Summit and her apprentice Sherry Monroe of California will display Native American pow-wow traditional dance regalia including Grass Dance regalia, the focus of the apprenticeship between McKinney and Monroe. McKinney, who is Omaha-Ioway, first learned how to design and create regalia from her grandmother and maternal aunts more than 45 years ago. There are numerous styles of regalia each associated with a specific dance. Grass Dance regalia includes colorful appliqued ribbon work designs and strips of ribbon, cloth or yarn to simulate the movement of grass in the wind.

The Missouri Folk Arts Program and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program are funded by the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. MFAP was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folk life in collaboration with Missouri’s citizens.

For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854 or Deborah A. Bailey at the Missouri Folk Arts Program at 573-882-3563 or BaileyDA@missouri.edu. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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