Jewell Arcoren on FIRST PERSON RADIO 5/5/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12 noon for a special Indian Month in Minnesota program featuring Jewell Arcoren and children’s Dakota and Ojibwe songs. She is the program director for Wicoie Nandagikendan and is committed to language revitalization.  She is also looking more closely at the correlations between language revitalization and community well being.
Jewell Arcoren has been in non-profit arts for over 20 years in the Twin Cities area.  She brings a passion and love for the community she comes from and believes in giving back to that community.  She holds a BA in psychology from Augsburg College and an MA in Counseling and Psychology from St. Mary's University.

Jewell has worked as a curator at Two Rivers Gallery, and has done video work specific to the Dakota Oyate of Minnesota and telling their story with media Artist Mona Smith of Allies media art.  She has worked with National Music Makers  and composers such as R. Carlos, Nakai, Joy Harjo, Gabriel Ayala and Georgia Wettlin Larsen to name a few.  She has initiated Women’s groups and organized workshops related to traditional and pre-contact Life-Ways.  She  has produced a radio show called “Winyan Dowanpi”  (The Women Are Singing) that ran consecutively for 5 years for international women’s day at KFAI radio station. This show featured American Indian Women Music Makers from around the nation.  Most Recently she has been part of a collaboration that begin with First Nations Composers Initiative, the Minneapolis Park Board and the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board to create a venue that celebrates and showcases the work of American Indian Music Makers, film producers, artists and performers now called Owa’mni - Falling Waters Festival, now in its 7th year of celebrating our indigenous community.