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Leveraging the power of art for a sustainable future


By Pacific Island Times News Staff

From visual arts to performance and multimedia, CHamoru and other Pacific island artists are leveraging the power of art to advocate for environmental stewardship and promote a collective consciousness for a more sustainable future.

More than 20 artists will showcase their paintings, sculptures, photographs,

mixed media and performance art expressing their perspectives and telling stories at the exhibition, titled “Ta Nå’i Ånimu,” to be hosted by Hita Litekyan and Micronesia Climate Change Alliance at The Guam Museum Rotating Gallery on July 13, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Through a fusion of art, activism, and storytelling, “Ta Na’i Animu” will shine a spotlight on ongoing environmental conservation and cultural conservation efforts including sustainable land management, access to clean water, indigenous land stewardship and the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems. This event is free and open to the public.


“As native peoples, we have a deep and sacred connection to our land. This exhibit is meant for our community to celebrate land as a pivotal part of our identity,” said Maria Hernandez May, MCCA co-director and Hita Litekyan organizer. “Now, more than ever, we believe the synthesis between creative expression, nature, and society can powerfully reconnect native communities with the land, ocean, and Mother Earth.”


The art show will feature works by CHamoru and Fijian artists from Turtle Island and Canada, and Guam Department of Education classrooms. Each of the art pieces is made of 25 percent recycled materials in observance of Plastic-Free July.


Ta Nå’i Ånimu will also include presentations by partner organizations including Protect Guam Water, Nihi Indigenous Media, Independent Guåhan, Sagan Kotturan Chamorro, and the Commission on Decolonization.


Exhibit opening night will include an opportunity to meet the artists, a 

fashion show featuring designs inspired by travels throughout the Mariåna Islands, a Neni’s Nook corner featuring mud playdough, performances, and chesa.


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