Artpark’s Strawberry Moon Festival celebrates the Native American traditions and culture that are deeply rooted in Artpark’s grounds and surrounding region. At 3 p.m. Aug. 1, as part of a new adapted festival program, Artpark & Company will host a special event to unveil the Native American Peace Garden: A reflection space for healing, celebrating and tranquility.
The concept and initial design of the garden is the brainchild of Michele-Elise Burnett of Kakekalanicks Consultancy and brought to life by a Native American team from the Tuscarora Reservation made up of Brian Printup, who finalized the design, and Rene Rickard, Vince Schiffert and Violet Printup. The free event is open to the public and will adhere to current public health guidelines.
The Native American Peace Garden is located in the lower park (South Fourth street entrance).
Designed in the sacred shape of the turtle, this garden is intended to be a place for people from all Four Quadrants of the Medicine Wheel to come in unity and friendship.
A press release said, “Overlooking the Niagara River, this healing garden will not only offer visitors the opportunity to relax and reflect in a peaceful setting, but will also act as an ongoing Native American, outdoor, land-based classroom with many Strawberry Moon Festival programs to be offered in the future.”
The celebration will begin with the traditional thanksgiving address, songs and a special wampum belt gifting ceremony by Dr. Joe Stahlman, director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, and Richard Hamell, professor emeritus of Monroe Community College. The program will also feature storytelling, music and other performances, and special talks/Q&A sessions.
This program joins a robust season of programming adapted for COVID-19, offering a multitude of meaningful and enjoyable ways for the public to experience Artpark. These programs include the “Music in the Woods” series, “The Art of Walking,” the Fairy House Festival, and drive-in film series. Artpark also offers public art installations, the Percussion Garden, walking trails, fishing and other opportunities for recreation and relaxation open daily from dawn until dusk.
Patrons are also encouraged to join “Artpark Live: A campaign for a vibrant future.” Tax-deductible contributions help nonprofit Artpark & Company continue its mission to create, nurture and present the arts. Visit www.artpark.net for further information.