Dear tumblr folks
My name is Ryan (they/them/their) and I am a queer, Indigenous artist. I am Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe and an aspiring artist and fashion photographer. I am currently fundraising so I will have the opportunity to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the fall.
Finances have been the biggest struggle so far. a lot of my money went to an institution that was neither culturally competent or supportive towards my needs as a native artist. A lot of my work was misidentified with the wrong cultures, I was told I should include more “headdresses” in my work. So I need to go to IAIA because it will give me the education I crave, need, deserve, and clearly earned through 3 years of struggling at another university that could not and did not provide the tools for me to succeed.
This is a space that is focused on the art i want to bring and will allow me the opportunities and the work spaces to grow and become a better artist.
Please consider donating and help this 2 spirit individual successfully travel to and occupy a space that was created for me and will provide the necessary support.
All funding will go to cover transportation.
GoFundMe page: here.
Facebook Photography page to see more of my work: http://www.facebook.com/RMYoungPhotography
My project “Indigeneity” was also featured in Native Max Magazine!
Finally, a link to the Indigeneity Project: http://indigeneityproject.wordpress.com/
Anything you can donate would be amazing <3 If you aren’t able to donate, please help signal boost this post by reblogging it to your page!