Tuesday, October 11 at 6 PM ET at Rough Draft Bar & Books, Forge Project executive director and chief curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit) joined artist and Ma’s House founder Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) for an intimate conversation on new New York–based initiatives focusing on Indigenous arts and culture, making space for Native kinship, and re-building community in the region.
Ma’s House Studio is a not-for-profit BIPOC-focused communal artist residency program in a family home originally built in the 1960s on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Long Island. Launched in 2020, Ma’s House holds an art studio, library, and hosts an array of art and history-based programs for tribal members and the broader local community.
Rough Draft is a community bar and bookstore located in uptown Kingston, New York, the ancestral homelands of the Esopus band of the Lenape tribe, who were forcibly displaced from the region through years of Anglo-European settlement. The uptown neighborhood is the site of the original stockade, constructed in 1658 by Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant to remove the Esopus from their tribal lands.