twin cities american indian arts festival 2011

Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival

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The Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival is a vibrant outdoor festival that celebrates American Indian arts and cultures and stimulates economic opportunity along historic Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. As the only American Indian arts festival in the Twin Cities, this free and open event celebrates the rich history and place of American Indian people in Minnesota.

The Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th along historic Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis — only blocks from the Franklin Light Rail Station. This event will bring together Indigenous artists, performers, and musicians from across Minnesota in celebration of American Indian cultural arts.

Join us as we welcome thousands of people and families to this FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC event.

Download the Twin Cities American Indian Arts Festival poster. [3.47 MB, PDF]
Download the American Indians GOT TALENT poster [3.1 MB, PDF]
Download the Hand Drum Contest poster [4 MB, PDF]

This year's festival will feature the talents of:

Live Music
Bluedog Band - Native American Music Award Winner, group of the year
Jackie Bird - Award Winning Singer and Dancer
Los Nativos -Award Winning Hip-Hop Duo
Mitch Walking Elk and the Sugar Point Band - Activist Blues and Folk Singer
Native Pride Dancers - World famous powwow dance troupe featuring fancy dancer Larry Yazzie
Chase Manhattan - Native American Music Award Winner, best Hip-hop/Rap recording
Comedian "Tito" Ybarra

Special Music Guests:    
PAMYUA, Traditional Inuit World Fusion Music   Gabriel Ayala

All My Relations Fine Arts Plaza
Exhibiting Native artists include: Carly Bordeau, Kelly Church, Gordon Coons, Dawn Dark Mountain, Robert Desjarlait, Lise Erdrich, Nelson Garcia, Cindy Henhawk, Charles Her Many Horses, Bud & Rona Johnston, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Joyce LaPorte, Carolyn Lee Anderson, Doug Limon, Marcie McIntire, Chery Minnema, Wanesia Misquadace, Catherine Mowry, Sandra/ David Peterson, Steve Premo, Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk, John Shopteese, Jodi Webster, Betty Willems, Bobby Wilson, and Jim Yellowhawk.

Other highlights include,
American Indians Got Talent! (open mic contest)
Hand Drum Contest
Hoop Dancer
Cultural Demonstration

and much more...

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Be a part of the festival. Download applications here:
Artist Application
Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application
Volunteer Application
American Indians Got Talent! - open mic talent competition (Download Entrant Application)


Learn More
More than just a festival
Sponsorship opportunities
Festival Objectives

 Like Us!

Festival location:
16th and Franklin Avenue
along historic Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis

holiday inn host hotel online reservations
Or call: 612-333-4646


Division of Indian Work

Metropolitan State University

Community Action


Circle of Life

Lutheran Social Service

Nilan Johnson Lewis

Mendon F. Schutt Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

Native American Community Clinic


Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Buffalo Nickel Creative

Lower Sioux Indian Community


Native American in Philanthropy

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Upper Sioux Community

This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building strong and sustainable communities through cultural arts and entrepreneurship.

(612) 235-4971

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