Honor the Earth: The Art of Resistance Traveling Exhibition

Honor the Earth: The Art of Resistance Traveling Exhibition


As a unique national Native initiative, Honor the Earth works to raise public awareness and raise direct funds to grassroots Native environmental groups. We are the only Native organization that provides both financial support and organizing support to Native environmental initiatives. Honor is also dedicated to amplifying the voices of indigenous communities through art and advocacy. We are committed to restoring a paradigm that recognizes our collective humanity and our joint dependence on the Earth. For 31 years Honor the Earth has strived to create change in Indian Country by supporting our communities, histories, and long term struggles to protect mother earth.

We wish to create a space for positive envisioning in communities who have been backed into a corner. We strive to create community art spaces which will help our communities envision what is possible and are inspired by the resilience embedded in Indian Country.



This art exhibit will work as a platform to bring awareness to issues affecting native people everywhere. Our mission is to create awareness and support social and environmental issues and to showcase the empowering Indigenous art from across the country. Art has power. We believe that art plays an important role in activism. Art has the ability to wake people up. Through it we can evoke emotion, tell stories, inspire and motivate, and when channeled as a vehicle for issues of conscience it can become a catalyst for meaningful change. People are working hard to make a shift politically and socially, we must take this opportunity to show solidarity and remind our communities of how resilient we are.

The art in this exhibition is a collection of art that highlights Honor the Earth’s 31 years of work resisting developments that directly impact indigenous communities.  The

collection includes a number of used posters and original artwork. Some art is framed and matted, others are not. We would like to collaborate, with All my Relations on curation of the art as there are different mediums of art. We are also open to local Minneapolis artists being added to the exhibition. We must create a space to speak out to protect mother earth and social justice issues. 

In keeping with the theme of art and activism the exhibit will host renowned Anishinaabe author and environmentalist Winona Laduke for a special speech on opening night.

Laduke is an Anishinaabe economist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation.

This exhibition is a traveling exhibition art show. So far we have shown in Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN, Philadelphia PA, Duluth MN, Peterborough, New Hampshire and Albuquerque, NM, where we had tremendous turn outs. For this exhibition we would like to challenge artists to depict how extractive industries plague their communities. It is vital for us to celebrate local art and support local issues. This is an opportunity to engage with communities across the country to highlight the tremendous work they have done and continue to do so. At the same time, this will allow Honor the Earth organizers, Kim Smith to share their frontline work throughout these communities. The exhibition will feature the work of leading artists and art-activist collectives from across the nation whose work creates awareness in the social, economic, environmental, and political issues that affect indigenous people, and the world at large. Showcasing indigenous art with a focus on Mother Earth is an important way to honor the Earth. By addressing issues through artistic expression it leads to the questions, to dialogue but most importantly, change.




Exhibition working title: The Art of Indigenous Resistance-Inspiring the Protection of Mother Earth

Exhibition run: Ongoing for 4 years to date

Curated by: Kim Smith

Requirements: Artists must be indigenous. Location: Metropolitan Cities across North America Deadline: March 3, 2017

Ideal timeline for works received for installation: by March 8, 2017.

Selection of art to be added to the exhibition will be conducted by artists involved with the show for the past 4 years. Shipment of work to/from the gallery will be provided with

insurance provided. All work has an option for sale. ALL MEDIUMS OF ART ACCEPTED. Art will travel with the exhibition through the duration of the exhibition unless otherwise noted by artists. Each show opening will be hosted by Winona Laduke.


Honor the Earth gratefully acknowledges the support of the Honor the Treaties, art collective.

Submit request for Exhibition or Art to: Kimberly Smith at 505-573-8171 or [email protected]

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