“River of Baskets” is set to open in Wenatchee May 16, 2014, and will travel over the next two years to other cultural centers and museums along the Columbia River.
But we need your help.
Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $9,500 and is the final push toward the total budget needed to create this special exhibition and series of programs. We have only raised $950 so far, which is far short of our goal.
Specific needs for the funding are to provide:
- Educational programming for school groups and community members that includes demonstrations and hands-on learning from our Native participants.
- Safe transportation and installation of baskets from individuals and organizations participating in the exhibition.
- Creation of an accompanying video featuring participating artisans.
- Hosting Native artisans who are participating in the exhibition and accompanying video.
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, a non-profit organization with a successful 75 year history, will open a comprehensive and beautiful exhibit honoring thirteen contemporary Native basket makers of the Columbia River, and the work of their ancestors who created baskets. These artisans are preserving the enduring traditions of their people, and are held in high regard in their own communities. They represent tribes from the headwaters to the mouth of the mighty Columbia River.
We are seeking funding to ensure this exhibition is of the highest quality and pays proper respect to the Basketmakers, both contemporary and historical, who carry on this ancient craft.
Please donate what you can today via our indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-river-of-baskets-an-exhibition-of-columbia-river-tribal-basketmakers
Watch our informational video on the project here: