About the Redhawk Native American Arts Council
The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council is dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.
Redhawk Council produces four of the largest heritage celebrations in the Northeast. The arts council also hosts festivals, workshops, theater presentations and educational programs, addressing stereotypes and fostering
an awareness of Native cultures from a historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices.
Redhawk shares a traditional Indigenous prospective on sustainable living, thinking green and urban gardening by farming in the council’s garden space.
To present programs within the educational system to help students and educators gain a better understanding of Native American history and diverse cultures represented within Native America. The Council also encourages educators to re-think the current out dated curriculum and apply some of the first hand knowledge shared by Native artists and educators.
The council creates venues for Native artists to share their art forms with the public and each other, providing opportunities to become financially self-reliant. Contracting artists for educational programs, lectures and festivals for various organizations is another way the council helps support the First Nations artist community.
Hosting a Native youth program which educates urban Native youth about their cultures and present a venue where youth can create a common bond. Native youth are encouraged to share and learn traditional forms of dance, music, drumming and regalia making all with a focus in keeping young Native youth interested, involved and proud of their rich heritage and cultures.
Educational & Diversity Programs
From kindergarten to the university-level, Redhawk creates and presents educational programs in the tri-state area. Participants enjoy a unique opportunity to address prior notions they may have had about Native Peoples. As a result of our work with various educational institutions, we foster awareness about the need for an accurate curriculum, and provide economic opportunities for individual Native American artists and performers. We are also proud of our collaborative efforts with corporations and government organizations. A few companies that we work with include AT&T, Prudential Insurance, Verizon, J.P. Morgan Chase, Lucent Technologies, Viacom, the United States Postal Service, and others. We assist in providing cultural diversity programming to accurately represent contemporary Native Americans. Click here for more information on educational programs.
Native American Heritage Celebrations
Redhawk hosts four of the largest Native American Pow Wows in New York and New Jersey. Visitors enjoy Native food, music, dance, crafts, art and traditions. Annually our events include over 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators from across the Americas and provide a venue for cross-cultural interaction, and the survival of Native American traditions.
Native Outreach and Cultural Preservation
Redhawk plays and important role in the local Native community by providing economic opportunities for performers, artists, and educators. We provide contracts to individual artists for presentations to schools and corporations. Our Heritage Celebrations provide hundreds of Native Americans who travel far and wide with the opportunity to showcase and sell their works and wares.
The RedHawk Arts Council’s youth program teaches Native American dance, music, craft and regalia making to Native American youth from both North and South America. The Council encourages youth to take part in Native American celebrations, such as Pow Wows and other festivals. Our staff donate their time to sharing their knowledge with Native Youth but this program is also open to non-Native youth as well. Programs take place once a week at the Sunset Park Recreation Center and one Saturday each month. For registration information please contact Peter Stops or Martha Jones at 718-686-9298.
Click here to find out how you can help support Native Youth Programs.
“An Outreach Program 4 Youth”
Life Song Arts “An Outreach Program 4 Youth” aims in building our youth into future leaders. We are a national resource that provides educational training programs for schools and centers as well as empowerment workshops for our youth.
Caribbean Cultural Department
The Caribbean Cultural Department is the newest addition to the Native American Arts Council. Many of our council members are Taino, therefore we felt it was a necessary addition. Our main focus is to help New York’s large population of Caribbean people understand more about their culture.