Native American Heritage Month: Dreamcatcher Workshop
with Shane Weeks and the Shinnecock Nation
Suitable for all Ages
This workshop will explore the craft and culture of native dream catchers. Though the dream catcher has been a widespread Native American commodity for centuries, few know of its origins. Shane Weeks will shed light on the origins of the dream catcher while leading participants in the art of constructing their own.
About Shane Weeks:
Shane Weeks is a member of the Shinnecock nation, multidisciplinary artist, and cultural consultant. Born on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY, Weeks has always been instilled with a sense of responsibility to better his tribe, which inspired travels up and down the East Coast to a multitude of American and Canadian reservations in order to study the history and culture of other native peoples. At age sixteen, Weeks founded the Shinnecock Pow Wow stand, a business that incorporates tribal artists’ work, and travelled the tri-state area. At this time, he began the craft of carving. Studying under an artist from the Lumbee tribe in North Carolina, Weeks was taught to carve wood, reindeer antler, whitetail deer antler, and wampum, made from the rare Quohog shell and the first currency of the original colonies. He has proceeded to work for the largest wampum manufacturer in the country, run by the Unkechauge tribe in Mastic, NY, specializing in Wampum beads. In addition to his practice, Weeks has dedicated his life to education, bridging gaps between the local community and the Shinnecock Nation. His involvement is widespread: he has taught craft workshops for years, and worked for the Shinnecock Cultural Center and Museum, using the stand to promote education. A distinguished member of the Shinnecock community and government, Weeks’ mission is to bring knowledge to both the Shinnecock people and neighbors in order to build a better future for the Reservation and the community.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times
Daniel's popular series of sound meditations continues into the fall. Join us for a soothing, deeply relaxing, and immersive Soundbath Meditation with Daniel's exquisite original set of crystal bowls, gongs, hang drum, Tibetan and Himalayan bells, rain sticks, ocarina, didj, and other objects dsound. This one-of-a-kind experience will melt away stress and leave you calm, recharged, your mind clear and vibrant! Look, Breathe, Look Again. Take a stroll through the galleries and select a work of art to focus on. Take a few minutes to really take it in. Join the meditation. Afterwards return to that same artwork and see if you notice anything new with a fresh set of eyes and a clear mind. Great for all - from beginners to advanced in the practice. Bring your own mats/blankets.