For Immediate Release
May 8, 2019
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
Announces New All My Relations Arts Director
Minneapolis, Minnesota — NACDI and All My Relations Arts President and CEO Robert Lilligren announces the appointment of Angela Two Stars as the new Director of All My Relations Arts. Angela brings over 10 years of experience as a visual artist and has broadened her skills as a curator and public artist in the Twin Cities.
Angela is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and received her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI in 2017.
“I am incredibly honored for the opportunity to serve the community as Director of All My Relations Arts. My connection with All My Relations Arts has progressed as I began my career as a practicing artist in the 3rd installment of On Fertile Ground at All My Relations Arts. I am excited for this next step in my journey. I am committed to furthering the vision of NACDI by increasing the visibility of American Indian art and providing broad access to quality art exhibitions that promote the historical understanding and contemporary strength of American Indian artists.”
Angela Two Stars has continued her involvement with All My Relations Arts as Curator of the powerful show “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island” that raises awareness of the issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Two Stars has also produced Dakota language and cultures public art on the shores of Bde Maka Ska.
Robert Lilligren, shared his excitement for the newest NACDI staff member, “Angela’s arts experience, working with Native youth, and curating the past work at All My Relations are important assets that align with NACDI’s mission. I am excited to see what her vision, talent, and commitment brings to our community and organization.”
NACDI Board of Directors Chair, architect Sam Olbekson adds, “We are confident that Angela’s vision will continue to help take our arts program to its next level under her leadership.”
Two stars will officially start her position as the All My Relations Arts Director, on May 20th, 2019.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an American Indian community development intermediary organization ‐ the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. NACDI believes all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI’s key projects include the development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, management of All My Relations Gallery, and catalyzing the implementation of the American
Indian Community Blueprint.
All My Relations Arts Gallery (AMRA)
Operates the All My Relations Gallery, Minnesota’s premiere American Indian owned and operated contemporary fine arts gallery. Situated on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, the gallery resides within the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor. AMRA serves a very distinct role in NACDI’s community development work, providing the public with education about American Indian history, culture, and contemporary experiences through the arts.
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2019
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) CEO
Joins Metropolitan Policymaking Body
Minneapolis, Minnesota — On Wednesday, March 6, NACDI President & CEO Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe) took the oath of office along with 15 others from around the region as a member of the Metropolitan Council. Lilligren will represent Met Council District 7 which comprised of North and South-Central Minneapolis and the City of Robbinsdale.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region.
The Council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. The appointments were made by Governor Walz with the support of Lt. Governor Flanagan, from of over 200 applicants. Lilligren is the first enrolled Tribal citizen to serve on Met Council in its 50-year history.
After being sworn into office, Lilligren was affirmed by a unanimous vote of his colleagues to the position of Chair of the Met Council’s Community Development Committee. The Council's Community Development Committee addresses issues involving development and implementation of the regional comprehensive plan (Thrive MSP 2040), Metro HRA operations, Livable Communities Act grants, and regional park plans and grants.
“I am honored to be appointed by Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan to this position, where I will be able to serve the region, my district, and my community,” says Lilligren, who continues as NACDI’s CEO while assuming the part-time Met Council role. “I am committed to bringing Native values of respect for place, land, water, and people to regional policy-making.”
Lilligren, who served for 12 years on the Minneapolis City Council and currently serves as Chair of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID), sees direct connection between his work at NACDI, at MUID, and on the Met Council. “My goal is to bring greater equity of opportunity, especially economic opportunities – through our regional investments,” says Lilligren.
The Chair of NACDI’s Board of Directors, Sam Olbekson expresses his support for Lilligren’s new leadership role. “We are excited to see Robert broaden his public service with this appointment to the Met Council. As Chair of the Community Development Committee he will be well positioned to advance the American Indian Cultural Corridor project, as well as other regional place-based community development,” says Olbekson, We are proud to see the first Native member on the Met Council."
The newly inaugurated Met Council is the most diverse in its history. The appointees include seven people of color or indigenous people (POCI), seven women, two incumbents, and two immigrants. This bipartisan group includes former and current local elected officials, business owners, community organizers, arts and education professionals, and more.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. NACDI believes all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI’s key projects include the development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, management of All My Relations Gallery, and catalyzing the implementation of the American Indian Community Blueprint.
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019
Ed Minnema, NACDI Chief Operations Officer
All My Relation Arts Recognizes Wakemup Leadership
Minneapolis, Minnesota —All My Relations Arts Gallery announces the departure of its Director, Rory Wakemup on February 22, 2019. Rory has been a dynamic presence at the Gallery since starting as Director in August 2016. His tenure as Gallery Director has been known for increasing the number of Native youth visiting All My Relations Arts, and for intense community involvement at the intersection of art, organizing and activism.
“I am grateful for the many opportunities for artistic and professional development that being Director of All My Relations Arts created for me,” says Wakemup, “I feel I am leaving on a high note, with much greater awareness of where and how I can best serve my community.”
A highlight of Rory’s time at All My Relations Arts was the gallery show called “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island” that concerned issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Wakemup had the original concept for the show and then worked quickly to involve a team of Native women to bring it to reality. Guest Curator for “Bring Her Home”, Angela Two Stars says, “Working with Rory on this show was important to me personally and professionally. I am so grateful for the opportunity!” Bring Her Home will continue as an annual event. The partnerships formed and the high levels of community involvement in its related programming are hallmarks of Rory’s time at All My Relations.
Other highlights of Rory’s time at All My Relations were his involvement in the community response to Walker Art Center’s installation “Scaffold”, the founding of the annual Indigenous Peoples Day Art Festival on the American Indian Cultural Corridor in South Minneapolis, working with the Indian Education Programs of Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools to get more Native youth involved in arts activities, and in 2017 All My Relations Art Gallery being named one of City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities in 2017.
The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), owner and operator of All My Relation Arts, will be hiring the next Director in the coming weeks.
For more information on the Director position please click here for the gallery job position.
For Immediate Release
Native American Community Development Institute Will Lead and Develop Community-Led Strategies to Address Homelessness in the Minneapolis Native American Communities
Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Bush Foundation granted Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) an Innovation grant for the WiiDooKoDaaDiiWag “They Help Each Other” (THEO) project in response to the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment.
“Due to NACDI’s history and depth of relationships, we found it to be well-positioned to lead a problem-solving process and begin to identify solutions to conditions of homelessness in the Native community,” said Rudy Guglielmo, who serves as a Community Innovation Program Manager for the Bush Foundation.
In the summer of 2018, a small cluster of tents appeared near Franklin and Hiawatha
Avenues in Minneapolis and grew rapidly. By September 2018, 300 to 400 people, primarily Native, lived there in over 150 tents. The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) came together with the community to identify immediate needs and redirect their resources in response. Community allies mobilized to direct outreach and support for the encampment.
NACDI and MUID are recognized by community and the City of Minneapolis as intermediaries to engage the public and private sectors and other organizational and community partners. Community allies quickly mobilized direct outreach and support at the camp. Collectively we will seek and create long term strategies to the homeless and issues contributing to the creation of the encampment, and innovative ways to address the historic, systemic challenges in the Native community.
“At the Bush Foundation, we believe NACDI’s ability to collaborate and engage the community can result in shared ownership of solutions to conditions causing homelessness in the Native community,” said Guglielmo.
THEO was created to support NACDI, MUID and Allies to continue to aid Native people to achieve their self-determined goals successfully, through broad community organizing and engagement process. This led to the closing systematic gaps in access, policy, practice, and programing to improve the condition for homeless Native people.
Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an American Indian
community development intermediary organization - the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. NACDI believes all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a
future strengthened by sustainable community development. NACDI’s key projects include the development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, management of All My Relations Gallery, and catalyzing the implementation of the American Indian Community Blueprint.
At the Bush Foundation we invest in great ideas and the people who power them. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.
The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by the Bushes’ desire to build their community and encourage innovation, the Foundation has invested more than one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.
For more information: Bushfoundation.org