Mixed Race Native Artist Speaks to Chicago American Indian Community

 

Louie Gong shows off his mockups

Louie Gong shows off his shoes.

CHICAGO — The Title VII American Indian Education Program proudly presents the multi-talented artist, activist and educator Louie Gong (Nooksack/Coastal Salish/Chinese).

This Saturday, Title VII and the St. Kateri Center of Chicago will provide a two-part American Indian Speakers Bureau that will include a Mockups Art Workshop and a presentation about Mr. Gong’s work.

A resident of Seattle, Mr. Gong has been showcased all throughout Indian country and internationally in exhibitions, news segments, and films to discuss and express his mixed race identity.

As the founder of Eighth Generation LLC, Mr. Gong merges Coastal Salish designs with pop culture icons and mixed heritage themes with home décor, phone case products and customizable shoes.

IMG_142380119287172In 2012, he launched “mockups,” a DIY art toy for youth and artists. The idea is to make personalized shoes more accessible and allows the owner to express their self as creatively as possible.  During the same year, Mr. Gong also partnered with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in “Design Yourself: I AM NMAI” which showcased mockups workshops and an exhibition.

This is a free and open event for families and community members to learn about other Native tribes of the Northwest and mixed race identities.

WHAT:        American Indian Speakers Bureau with Louie Gong

WHEN:          January 25, 2014

2-4pm – Mockups Art Workshop at St. Kateri Center

6-8pm Presentation and Q&A (Northside College Prep High   School)

WHERE:        St. Kateri Center of Chicago, 3938 N Leavitt Street, Chicago, Illinois

Northside College Prep, 5501 N Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 

Free and open to the public

 

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