What's IDA?

  Indigenous & Decolonial Arts  

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) Indigenous and Decolonial Art (IDA) concentration emerged in response to the most recent resurgence in North America of Indigenous sovereignty and anti-colonial resistance movements that can be traced back to activism led by Indigenous communities since the onset of settler colonialism ...

Joy Cosculluela (MFAIA-WA '14) is a performing artist, choreographer, and somatic educator and founder-artistic director of Wayfinding Performance Group, a group of multicultural women artists dedicated to excavating and reshaping personal material into the performing arts. Since graduating from Goddard College, she has continued to expand her work...

Lushootseed Language/Salish Lands Acknowledgement project
In 2019, alumna Deanna Pindell (MFAIA-WA '11) will lead her first major decolonial pubic art project on three Olympic College campuses in Washington state. Indigenous students at college and pre-college level will create numerous ceramic-and-concrete markers with Lushootseed words (the local...

Presenting a world premier solo concert, Fall 2017 guest artist and alumnus Neel Murgai (MFAIA-VT '10) will perform his latest experiments in overtone singing and electronic looping along side his sitar and frame drum. From droning, experimental soundscapes to chants, ragas and rhythms, Neel will lead the audience in a unique musical journey that...

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My experience in the MFAIA program had a profound impact on my artistic path. I entered the program as an actor, director, and teaching artist; I finished with a new sense of identity as a maker of original interdisciplinary works, and with a clear articulation of my artistic identity and practice.

I've joined Ping Chong + Company in New York as Artistic Collaborator in Residence. I enjoy ongoing artistic/community relationships in Alaska, where I lived when I started the program. I've continued to create original performance works, and I'm pleased to have university teaching opportunities.

Ryan Conarro (MFAIA-WA 2015) https://www.ryanconarro.com/