3 Free Events: Native Cinema Showcase and Healing Arts

3 Free Events: Native Cinema Showcase and Healing Arts

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online this week.

Native Cinema Showcase
When: Nov. 12 to Nov. 18
Where: Online via the National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents its annual Native Cinema Showcase, a week-long celebration of short and feature-length works by Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities in the Western Hemisphere and the Arctic. The films will rollout online, where they will be able to stream on-demand throughout the festival.

“This year focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with the land,” reads the showcase description. “Activism lies at the heart of all these stories.”

“Waikiki,” directed by Christopher Kahunahana (Kanaka Maoli).

The program includes seven features and 40 shorts, and the works come from 39 Native nations in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Sweden, Greenland and the Solomon Islands.

“For the second year in a row, the museum will reach international audiences through our online presentation of the Native Cinema Showcase,” Machel Monenerkit, the museum’s acting director, said in a press release. “Even as the presence of Indigenous writers and filmmakers grows in Hollywood, the program highlights the work many continue to produce in their own communities, on their own terms.”


“Latent Teloneum”
When: Nov. 13; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery; Brooklyn

Visit the attic situated above the on-site studio of Green-Wood artist-in-residence Heidi Lau, who is joined at the Fort Hamilton Gatehouse for a two-person exhibition with artist Nikholis Planck.

While at Green-Wood, we recommend taking a stroll through the grounds to muse on the artistic elements found in the environment.

Healing Arts Symposium
When: Nov. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Join the Metropolitan Museum of Art and World Health Organization (WHO) Arts and Health Program, the “Healing Arts Symposium” as they bring together artists, musicians, dancers, healthcare professionals and more to reflect on art’s role in health from multiple perspectives.

“Tribulations Influx” by Almigdad Aldikhaiiry. 133″ x 66″ Oil on Canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

The symposium, set to be streamed on the Met’s Facebook and YouTube channel, marks the final event in the “Healing Arts New York” series produced city-wide by CultuRunners.

The event is presented in partnership the Creative Arts Therapies Consortium at NYU Steinhardt; the NeuroArts Blueprint, an initiative of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s International Arts + Mind Lab and The Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society Program; and the Open Mind Project.

Top Image: "The Song of the Butterflies" ("El Canto de las Mariposas"), directed by Núria Frigola Torrent.