A special thanks and deep gratitude goes out to Robertjohn Knapp whose guidance has been instrumental in the success of the all programming **
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations/tribes/individuals for their significant support in making this program possible:
Tongva Nation - Julia Bogany, Tongva Elder
Cooper Museum Upland - Barbara Drake, Tongva Elder
Barbara Drake is a member of the Ti’at (canoe) Society of the Gabrielino (Tongva) tribe and has served as secretary of the Tribal Council. She is a member of Mother Earth Clan, a group of Native American woman educators who give cultural presentation on Southern California Indians in schools, museums and other venues throughout the region. She teaches Native California Lifeways at UC Riverside Extension and Native Plants for Food and Medicine at the Idyllwild Arts Summer program. Barbara is a consultant to museums, native centers, and libraries and is involved in setting up cultural exhibitions and living histories that reflect early California Indian lifestyles. Barbara has currently started a community project called “Preserving Our Heritage” involving several Southern California tribes and volunteers who are gathering and preserving native plants for food. These native food products will be housed in a food bank for the elders.
Dr. Elizabeth Rega,
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences
Rob Fossum, Special Programs
Michael Ballagh, International Programs
Pitzer Faculty Participation:
Gina Lamb is a Los Angeles artist/activist/teacher who has worked collaboratively with inner city youth for the past 20 years to foster their voices/vision through independent media arts production. Local and international projects have dealt with race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class and immigrant issues have been presented internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and broadcast on television. In addition to production projects, Lamb has curated local and national youth video exhibitions and publications. As an advocate for media literacy in education she served for four years as a founding board member of the National Alliance of Media Educators. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in New Genres and an “Anonymous Was A Woman” Award and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Art Council. Current media collaborations include the following organizations: REACH LA, Children’s hospital Los Angeles Transgender Youth Services, Girls and Gangs, Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas and The Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribe. She has been teaching in the community engagement with the on-going course Media Arts for Social Justice, fostering student led collaborative media projects with local non-profit organizations including Girls and Gangs, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, Pomona Habla, REACH LA, Children’s Hospital, Lideres Campesinas the Ohlone.