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Sing Our Rivers Red Art Exhibition

September 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 30, 2021


The SORR exhibit will take place in the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday – Saturday from 2 PM. -6 PM. 

Featuring works by Chad Yellowjohn, Nathalie Standingcloud, Mary Jane Oatman, Crystal Dugi, Lakota Sage, Olivia Montoya, and JayCee Beyale, Sarah Ortegon, Danielle SeeWalker, Donna Chrisjohn, Jonathan Nelson, Gregg Deal

Sing Our Rivers Red (#SORR) aims to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada.

This exhibition strives to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for our Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirt relatives who have been taken, tortured, raped, trafficked, assaulted, and murdered. We demand proper attention and justice for our relatives.

The exhibition is centered around over 5,000 single earrings, separated from a pair. Each earring represents a current Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) case in North America. The earrings have been collected from all around Turtle Island and beyond since 2015, many from people that have been directly affected by MMIWG. The idea behind collecting a one-sided pair of earrings is to symbolize how we continue holding onto something we cherish even if part of it is missing. It is about the process of reconciliation with the loss of the other side, or in other words, the loss of a loved one.

The abuse of women is well known in history and tells you a lot about what is happening to our earth. #MMIP #MMIR #MMIW #MMIWG #MMIWG2S

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Complementing the earring installation are letters from people that have been affected by this epidemic and works of art from regionally-based artists that personally advocate and bring awareness to MMIW.

Ribbon skirts hanging in the center of the gallery honor the many Indigenous women here in Colorado that have been murdered. Ribbon skirts are a historical and traditional clothing adopted in the late 18th century as traders began to offer Native people wool, cotton and ribbons to use for clothing. There are numerous beliefs and reasons as to why Indigenous women wear the ribbon skirt but overall, they tie Native American women to the earth, to ceremonies and to the political unrest of issues including the injustice of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits. They are considered an expression of history, resilience, and character. These skirts have been handmade by local Denver-based artists and are for sale as well as other pieces throughout the exhibition.



About the Exhibits

Sing Our Rivers Red Earring Exhibit

The Sing Our Rivers Red earring exhibit travels to raise awareness about murdered and missing Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada. Sing Our Rivers Red events aim to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada. The events strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. SORR also is being planned in solidarity and with a collaborative spirit, meant to support the efforts built in Canada, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. The SORR exhibit will take place in the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center.

MMIWG+ Art Exhibit

Various works of art promoting MMIWG+ awareness by Native artists of different nations on display at the Dairy Arts Center. Not only do these artists raise awareness for the MMIWG+ issue with their works, but they’re also continually taking action and contributing causes combatting this epidemic firsthand. Featured artists are Chad Yellowjohn, Nathalie Standingcloud, Mary Jane Oatman, Crystal Dugi, Lakota Sage and Olivia Montoya.

Native Fashion Taking Action Exhibit featuring Patricia Michaels

See the works of world-renowned Native American fashion designer and ‘Project Runway’ alum Patricia Michaels who is taking action against the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic with her works of art and fashion. Displayed in a unique, dynamic exhibit, Patricia’s collection is cutting-edge–not only do the couture pieces showcase Patricia’s creativity and innovation, they were especially created to bring attention to the MMIWG+ epidemic plaguing Native communities. As a survivor and leader in raising awareness and taking action against MMIWG+, Patricia is happy and excited to partake in this first-of-its-kind fashion exhibit. The Native Fashion Taking Action exhibit will take place in the center of the Dairy Arts Center, with a special video promoting the collection playing on the McMahon Gallery.

Mural by Creative Nations’ artist JayCee Beyale

Accomplished Diné artist JayCee Beyale will debut a mural exhibition that will be on display at the Dairy Arts Center, which is inspired by the MMIWG Movement. JayCee’s mural will be on display at the Polly Addison Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center.


Open June – July 2021

You will find these works on display outside the Dairy Arts Center building.

About the Exhibition

Over the next two months, we will be showcasing a series of incarcerated artists in collaboration with Art For Redemption on the front walkway wall of The Dairy Arts Center. AFR is a Social Impact Company focusing on prison reform to allow inmates to make money through their creative talent.

The idea for AFR came from Buck Adams’ time in prison and participating in Defy Colorado, an in-prison entrepreneur program. Seeing first-hand the tremendous creativity and talent that was “locked up” with no way to be shared with the outside. Once released, Buck developed the idea into action with the support of friends, family, community, and investors.

After release, Buck worked closely with Defy Colorado and Colorado Department of Corrections, Ex. Director Dean Williams to amend rules with regard to inmates’ ability to earn money while in prison. Buck believes inmates should be able to generate funds while in prison to help build a savings account that can be used to help with their transition once released. The recidivism rate averages over 80% nationwide and Colorado sits around 70%. A big reason for this is most do not have any kind of monetary savings or support networks in place. Having just a small amount saved up could go a long way in helping get clothes and temporary shelter while looking for work as they transition back into society.

The successful negotiation with the Colorado DOC now allows an outside vendor to develop an approved structured vehicle to help incarcerated individuals pay restitution, child support as well as funds for phone calls and commissary. This creates the ability for the incarcerated individual to relieve a tremendous burden placed on family and loved ones, as well as taxpayers. Many people lose touch with loved ones in this dynamic simply because the financial burden is too great.

By sharing the creativity and stories of incarcerated men and women, we hope to bring attention to this cause and bridge the gap of humanity through art.

About Art for Redemption’s Founder

Founded by Buck Adams, a veteran, social entrepreneur, and formerly incarcerated individual at the Arkansas Valley Correction Facility, Art for Redemption harnesses the talent, creativity, and human ingenuity of those inside the prison walls. While at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility, Adams began working with Defy Colorado, an independent nonprofit organization helping individuals with criminal histories create legal business ventures to bring his idea to life. Prior to incarceration, Adams founded and led Veterans to Farmers, a nonprofit organization that trains veterans in agricultural systems, technologies, and business operations for a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle.


September 11, 2021
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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MARCH 2020

As of today, 3/12/2020, The Dairy Arts Center remains open and operational. Should scheduling changes occur, ticket holders will be directly notified by The Dairy Arts Center.

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