Nisenan Heritage Day – HOME


Homelands: Restoration*Sovereignty Recognition ~ Art Reception
Friday, November 1, 6 -10 PM
Nevada City Winery: 321 Spring St, Nevada City

Inspired by the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe’s desire to collaborate with local artists. A group exhibition of art that reflects positive social change and the power of art to transform a community and bring visibility to the tribe. 

Panel Discussion and Interviews with Shelly Covert and Ruth Chase
HOME at Nisenan Heritage Day 
Saturday, November 2, 10-4PM  Panel Discussion 11-12 PM
Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

CHIRP in collaboration with the Nevada County Arts Council HOME will be filming at Nisenan Heritage Day. Come join the conversation and learn more about Visibility Through Art.

Made possible in part from a California Arts Council grant (Artist in Communities), HOME is a project that brought in NCAC Artist in Residence, Ruth Chase, for artist-to-artist mentoring sessions and workshops for this year’s Visibility Through Art participants. Tribal members were paired with local artists and together, art was created through these unique pairings.

To learn more about CHIRP and the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan:

Ginger Covert, Lorena Davis, Sarah Thomas, Saxon Thomas, Cassandra Johnson, Shelly Covert, Karen McCluskey, and Richard Johnson. IN SPIRIT, Dutch Rose, Carmel, Jackson Rose, Alberta “Birdie” Gallez, and Maryann Start.

Nikila Badu, Bo Blain, Andy Cerrona, Ruth Chase, Mira Clark, Rama Cryer, Jose Dominguez, Indigo Donaldson, Jenny Hale, Jessa Hurst, Dani Joy, Jarod Kane, Ron Kenedi, Lori Lachman, Bishop Randall, Teighlor Renee Anderson, Jennifer Rugge, Miles Toland, Alyssa Walz, Leilani Webb, and Chloe Young.
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Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Council Member Saxon Thomas sharing the gift of Nisenan language with his children. The Nisenan language is being reclaimed and revitalized.
Photo Credit: Jessica Thomas
In photo: Saxon Thomas and his children


I AM HERe Installation

Women in a Rural County

Women are an essential part of any community, yet their sense of belonging is often tied into gender roles, not always satisfying their sense of belonging. Mother, sister, partner, we all have women in our lives. I AM HERe is intended to mirror the voices of how men and women view women’s unique sense of belonging against the backdrop of our rural community. Lead artist Ruth Chase has sought to examine her own sense of belonging over the course of a year by asking questions through social media and taking her personal journey alongside the community. Now, the public is invited to share their own stories about themselves or the women in their lives by participating in the public art installation.