AMRA & KFAI Conversation: Art, Impact, and Isolation

AMRA & KFAI Conversation: Art, Impact, and Isolation

KFAI hosts All My Relations Arts director Angela Two Stars, Chholing Taha, and Hilary Kempenich for a conversation on how their art is impacted in isolation during this pandemic.

All My Relations Arts and NACDI are celebrating MN American Indian Month by hosting a panel in partnership with KFAI radio station 90.3 FM (or stream live at

Chholing Taha is a Cree First Nations artisan. Some of the artworks are stories.  These narratives find themselves with one hand holding the past bringing new insights towards the hand holding the future.  Shawls, formal hoods, and wearing blankets are important garments even for modern times.  Chholing’s work is found in museums and private collections within the USA, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Brazil, and Canada, and more.

Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe artist Hillary Kempenich is dedicated to both the quality of her work as well as to educating the community about indigenous arts, while balancing family life, volunteerism, and advocacy issues. The inspiration for her pieces comes from her experiences growing up in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and serves as a catalyst to teach the community of her heritage as well as continuing traditions for future generations. Kempenich practices both traditional and non-traditional arts, while integrating traditional designs in textiles and streetwear. Kempenich is currently shifting her business plan in the arts to acclimate to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Angela Two Stars is a public artist and curator. She is the director of All My Relations Arts, a project of the Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Angela is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and received her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design.

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