A blog sponsored by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Sharing news and information about the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Quilt Index, the MSU Museum's traditional arts activities, Great Lakes traditional artists and arts resources, and much more. Development of content for this blog supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Suzanne Cross "Healing Through Culture and Art" Exhibition, Nov. 4, 2014- Feb. 28, 2015.

An upcoming exhibit at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishnabe Culture & Lifeways highlights the work of shawls created by a Michigan artist and scholar. Dr. Suzanne Cross, a retired MSU College of Social Science faculty member and a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Indian, is an artist who was a master artist of beadwork and other components of traditional dance regalia. As a survivor of a heart attack (cardiac incident) and open heart surgery, Cross created 13 shawls in recognition of the 13 moons from the Creation Story. Her "Healing Through Culture and Art Shawl" Collection is in support of American Indian Women’s Heart Health Awareness. The shawls were "created with a cultural approach to increase awareness and emphasize cardiac health and care." Cross is hopeful the collection will inform, support, and encourage mindfulness of self-care to increase heart health, and thus improve overall health.

Dr. Cross was also a 2011 master artist in the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (MTAAP) led by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program of the Michigan State University Museum. The MTAAP program is funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.