Brenda Kingery will be the keynote speaker
Published March 4, 2018
THACKERVILLE, OKLAHOMA – A day of sharing the vision of artists, musicians, scholars, and others is planned for the 2018 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Women’s Conference. The conference will take place Thursday, April 19, through Friday, April, 20, at the WinStar Convention Center, 777 Casino Ave.
Registration deadline is March 29.
This annual event, which is open to the public, salutes the valuable contributions, skills, and talents of dynamic Chickasaw women through panel discussions, sessions and lessons on topics related to the Chickasaw experience and the panelists’ personal endeavors.
Keynote speaker will be Brenda Kingery, 2017 Dynamic Woman of the Year.
Known for her contemporary artwork, Ms. Kingery’s paintings visually tell stories about her life, travels, and Chickasaw heritage.
Ms. Kingery earned her master’s degree in fine arts and art history from the University of Oklahoma. She continued postgraduate studies in fine arts from Ryukyuus Daigaku University in Okinawa, Japan and graduate studies in Chinese language at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
She returned to Oklahoma to teach painting and drawing, later teaching art history for San Antonio College. In 2007, former President George W. Bush appointed her to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Native Alaskans in Art and Culture in Santé Fe, New Mexico.
She is a founding member of Threads of Blessings, traveling to Honduras, Mexico, and Africa to teach textile and design workshops to help encourage women to use their indigenous art skills.
Conference registration begins at 8 a.m., Thursday, April 19, in the WinStar Convention Center Grand Ballroom.
Opening remarks are set for 9 a.m. The first event titled “Next Generation Panel” will feature young adults who are finding success in their ventures.
Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., followed by Ms. Kingery’s keynote address.
Afternoon breakout sessions and a networking hour will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude the day.
Friday, April 20, events include a “Family Matters Panel” at 9 a.m.
Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne will speak following lunch at 11:55 a.m.
A Chickasaw citizen, Ms. Browne is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.
Her platform, Bridging the Great Cultural Divide, focuses on the importance of nurturing cultural compassion by motivating, empowering and educating children and young adults about other cultures, starting conversations and challenging intolerance respectfully.
The event will close with a session by leadership coaches Dr. Scout Cloud Lee and Dr. Jan Summers titled “Mission Possible: I Can and I Will” at 2:15 p.m.
The Art of the Chickasaw Woman exhibit will take place in conjunction with the Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference and Forum.
The artwork will be on display until May 19. The exhibit showcases the strength, spirit and creativity of the Chickasaw women.
The artwork for this year’s conference was created by Kaitlyn Tingle. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Gary and Michele Tingle and is a 2017 graduate of Sulphur High School. She is now a freshman at Oklahoma State University.
Established in 2006, the Dynamic Woman of the Year Award honors Chickasaw women who have made significant contributions to the Nation, serve as role-models to other Chickasaw women and who have made a difference in the lives of Chickasaws and other citizens, enriching their communities and society at large.
For more information or to register, visit www.chickasaw.net/DynamicWomen or contact the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520.