Pre-Conference Workshops

We are proud to offer two pre-conference afternoon workshops on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Registration for the workshops is on a first come first served basis and can be accessed through the Conference Registration Portal.

History Colorado Afternoon Sand Creek Massacre Exhibit Visit and Workshop ($45)
1:30-4:30 pm

In this pre-conference afternoon workshop, participants will tour the Sand Creek Massacre exhibit at History Colorado in downtown Denver. In the first hour, participants will have a brief introduction to the exhibit and then time to individually peruse the exhibit. We will then convene for a 2 hour workshop and discussion with Shannon Voirol of History Colorado and Dr. Lisa King of University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Together, we will talk through the importance of place-based work, what collaboration with Tribal Nations and communities can look like and why it is essential, and the processes of identifying intervention points within museological and academic institutions to support Native self-representation.

Workshop cost includes Sand Creek Massacre exhibition ticket, guided introduction to the exhibition, an hour to spend at the exhibit, a 2.5 hour workshop, and full access to the History Colorado museum exhibits before and after the workshop. This pre-conference workshop is wheelchair and walker accessible.

Shannon Voirol has 30 years of museum exhibition development experience and has led several multi-year government to government consultations with three Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and also three Ute tribes. She just recently was promoted from Director of Exhibition Planning to the Director of Affiliate Network to better share her experiences with other museums and history organizations across the state of Colorado. 

Dr. Lisa King is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and co-curator on the exhibition “A Sense of Indigenous Place” at McClung Museum in collaboration with multiple Tribal Nations.

Denver Graffiti Art Walking Tour ($35)
2:00-4:00 pm

This pre-conference afternoon Denver Graffiti Art Tour is a 2-hour walking showcase of some of the best street art in the city. Learn the story behind the murals, graffiti, and street art and how the rapidly gentrifying section of Five Points neighborhood (sometimes called the RiNo Art District) has affected the art and its long-time residents. You will learn about amazing art and artists along with the historical, political, and social contexts of that art. This tour will give participants not just a class on street art, but an introduction to a bit of Denver’s history and some of the tensions and discussions going on within the communities and cultures here. 

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