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Visibility through art: Celebrating the Nisenan with art

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Jenny Hale's "I Am Still Here" depicts a Nisenan man dancing over an engraving of 1856 Nevada City. Hale's piece is on display at Asylum Down in Nevada City.
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WHAT: “I Am Still Here” and “Guardians Of The Dance” - original Nisenan images by local artist Jenny Hale.

WHERE: Two window locations both on Broad Street in Nevada City. Asylum Down at 300 Broad Street, and upstairs at ‘ustomah/Oddfellows Hall at 2231/2 Broad Street.

WHEN: Ongoing until February 17. Backlit at night.

California Heritage Indigenous Research Project, known as CHIRP, and Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan have created a project, Visibility Through Art. This project uses art to open the door of our hearts and the windows of our imagination to bring awareness about the people who lived and thrived in Nevada County for thousands of years until the Gold Rush.

Viewing this art is an opportunity to connect with the endangered culture of our local indigenous people, the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe.

This public art installation of Visibility Through Art includes two powerful pieces in windows on Broad Street in Nevada City. These artworks have been created in collaboration with Shelly Covert, spokesperson for Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan. Both Broad Street installations were created by public artist Jenny Hale.

Hale’s first installation, “I Am Still Here” is a photo collage of a proud Nisenan man dancing over an engraving of Nevada City in 1856. This painting can be seen in Asylum Down’s window at 300 Broad Street in Nevada City through February 17.

Hale’s second installation, “Guardians of the Dance” installed in the Broad Street upstairs windows of ‘ustomah Lodge/Oddfellows Hall features images of four archetypical Nisenan woman dancing in traditional regalia. If we look up from Broad Street the dancers will remind us of the people who lived in Nevada County for thousands of years but whose culture is now critically endangered. This installation can be seen in the upstairs backlit windows of 223 1/2 Broad Street from now through Feb. 17.

This project is sponsored by a generous grant from The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, a donation from Asylum Down and a moderate GoFundMe campaign.

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