Creativity 2020: Art from the Community provides a space for individuals to share the creative work that they have been engaged in since the Spring of 2020 when the United States first began experiencing the effects of COVID-19. The ONM issued a call for art to our tribal members to find out what has been on the hearts and minds of Osages as we navigate this global crisis. Creativity 2020 will feature a diverse range of media including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking as well as textiles including items of dance clothing and facemasks. The artwork is featured with an artist statement that gives a window into the artist’s process and reflections upon this period. The ONM is partnering with the Wah Zha Zhi Health Clinic that provides counseling and support services for Osages and other indigenous tribes.
Today, with the rest of the world, our people have been striving to maintain and stabilize our families, communities and districts during the global pandemic. Museum director Marla Redcorn-Miller shares, “With this exhibit, the gallery space at ONM is being offered as a forum to share our experiences. There is no lack of evidence supporting the healing and therapeutic properties of art making, and we would like to be that space where we can gather as a community – either physically or virtually – to share and learn from another and support one another through the exchange of ideas. Since its opening in 1938 the Osage Nation Museum has been a space of gathering for Osages. Ideas are shared. Creative works are celebrated, and stories have filled the galleries throughout the years. Today, we want to reflect upon our experiences as a people to see how we will move forward in the coming years.”