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Sun, Sep 17



Škáta: The Art of Skateboarding

Celebrate the art of skateboarding during this afternoon of Škáta (which means to play, in Lakota). From 2 to 5 pm, come meet Indigenous artists designing skate decks, explore an installation of skateboards, enjoy music and performance, and make art. The event is inspired by Desert Rider Exhibition

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Škáta: The Art of Skateboarding
Škáta: The Art of Skateboarding

Time & Location

Sep 17, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Denver, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA

About the event

Visitors are invited to experience the following:

  • Watch live painting demonstrations with artists JaRon Fowler, Rafael Maldonado Bad Hand, Rosie Molina, and Leala Pourier. Artists will design and paint skate decks while visitors listen to the artists talk about their art and creative process.
  • View a screening of skate videos produced by the Stronghold Society.
  • Participate in a collective artmaking project that invites visitors to add their own designs to an oversized "skateboard," in an activity designed by artist and creative partner Walt Pourier. Visitors can also create a design on a paper “skateboard” to take home.
  • Live music mixed by DJ Tito.
  • Explore the Community Spotlight: Škáta: The Art of Skateboarding, a collection of art skate decks celebrating Indigenous artists and allies.
  • Watch a skate and dance performance at 3:30 pm, where skaters Mercedes Archuleta, Henry Killscrow Jenkins, Joaquin Picaso Bear Standing, Terrell Toledo, and Henry Whiteskunk II will skate from the Creative Hub outside to Kemper Courtyard for a dance finale accompanied by drummer Steve La Pointe. Please note: this is a special museum performance in connection with the Desert Rider: Dreaming in Motion exhibition. Skateboarding is not permitted otherwise on the museum campus.

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