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An educational conference designed to inspire and engage 7th-12th grade Indigenous students.

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September 24-25, 2024

Desert Willow Conference Center

4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

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Students will learn about the art of being their best selves, whether they are artists in the conventional sense or have a passion to develop to find theArtist” in them. 

Early Bird Registration

| $435.00

(Valid January 24th through May 24th)

General Registration

| $420.00

(Valid May 25th through September 3rd)

Late Registration

| $500.00

(Valid May 25th through September 17th)

Registration includes conference bag, SunClan t-shirt, and breakfast/lunch for both days.

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Featured Speakers

Tomás Karmelo Amaya

Born for the A:shiwi, Rarámuli, and Yoeme tribes, is a Creative Director, Film Director, Writer and Visual Artist born, raised, and currently based in the ancestral homelands of The O’odham in Phoenix, AZ. He is co-owner of KANION, an Emmy nominated Indigenous creative agency and production company, as well as a former creative director for Indian Country Today.
His work has been published with Vogue, The New York Times, Apple, Nike, Patagonia, Sundance, CNN, Google, The Guardian, and Outside Magazine among several others. His recent keynotes include a presentation at Princeton’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding on kinship, community, and healing through stories.
In 2022 he became one of fourteen Adobe Lightroom global ambassadors and delivered a   luminary speaker  at Adobe MAX that same year. In December 2022 he had a solo exhibition, Embracing Our Sovereignty, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY in partnership with Instagram (Meta) and the New York based non-profit Photoville.

Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre

After 15 years as a school counselor, she became an author and was named the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer’s Award winner for her 1st children’s book, “Pet’a Shows Misun the Light.”  Five books later, Jessie was invited to be a guest speaker for Facebook and Instagram in 2021.  That same year, she was named a Future Legacy Leader by the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program, an international organization.  Jessie is a Lakota Jingle Dress dancer and loves to educate others about Lakota culture by combining storytelling with traditional song and dance.

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