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During the site visit, MASS  Design Group gave a presentation to the Rwandan participants explaining the design phases of the site at RICA. MASS also gave the participants a tour of the site while explaining the day-to-day operations and their vision for the future.
MASS Design Group is serving as a project partner for the Soul of Nations Foundation’s Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project in Rwanda. Through this partnership, MASS will lead workshops, provide design and materials support, and lead site visits for our project participants in Rwanda.
Words from our Executive Director, Ernest Christoph Hill: “Your silence is your complicity. Across the globe, people of color who now live in western or colonial society fear for their lives daily. In America, the issues of racial murder, violence, and tension have taken center stage — yet again.”
“This piece is not for you. This is an unapologetic grasp for identity.” So begins a new multimedia artistic work born out of an international exchange program called Digital Natives, which brought together a group of young Indigenous artists from the Americas and Africa (by way of  Belgium).
The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda explores the development of art from olden times to the modern-day and considers how traditional and modern imaginations can blend and fuse. The Rwanda Art Museum director, Vivaldi Ngenzi, and curatorial staff are committed to program partners for the Insidenous International: Green Architecture Project in Rwanda.
IAIA student Gregory Ballenger (Diné) was selected to participate in the SOUL OF NATIONS Congressional Exhibition Project’s second Native American Art Reception, a celebration in honor of Native American Heritage Month
IAIA student Gregory Ballenger (Diné) was selected to participate in the Soul of Nations Foundation’s Congressional Exhibition Project’s second Native American Art Reception, a celebration in honor of Native American Heritage Month
Rwandan participants from the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project had the opportunity to engage in the first workshop held by MASS Design Group at the Rwanda Art Museum. During the workshop, the participants explored culture, home, and stability through various forms of artistic media, technology, and design.
Landscapes From Within is the representation of how the territory and traditions suffocate the identity of the populations that are part of it when viewed through the lens of being indigenous, the right to sovereignty, and the current living conditions in Turtle Island. Turtle Island is the territory better known today as North America, which as known was “frequented” by Christopher Columbus.
The Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project cohort from U.S. and Rwanda introduced themselves and participated in an icebreaker where every participant was asked to bring an object that reminds them of the concept of Participants also met Soul of Nations Foundation project coordinator, Ernest Hill; U.S. Embassy Kigali representative, Claudine Neshimwe; and the project’s lead artist mentor, Nanibah Chacon. 
The Soul of Nations Foundation has received a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project. The Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project coincides with the U.S. Embassy Kigali Public Affairs Section’s program priority to promote inclusive country-led development. 
Landscapes From Within is the representation of how the territory and traditions suffocate the identity of the populations that are part of it when viewed through the lens of being indigenous, the right to sovereignty, and the current living conditions in Turtle Island. Turtle Island is the territory better known today as North America, which as known was “frequented” by Christopher Columbus.
IAIA students were selected to participate in the SOUL OF NATIONS Congressional Exhibition Project’s second Native American Art Reception, a celebration in honor of Native American Heritage Month
Indigenous students apply to the Native Collegiate Artist Residency (formally known as the Brea Foley Art Program) through the Soul of Nations Foundation, an organization that exists to inspire Indigenous youth to pursue and achieve their dreams with an emphasis on education and free expression.
Every quarter we like to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting work and grassroots efforts of our past youth program attendees. See what our Indigenous Youth Network is up to! 

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