Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Program Includes Indigenous Voices
January 26, 2022
As part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art's 50th anniversary, the arts organization has chosen 50 people whose work reflects cultural inclusivity and compassion for its The Kennedy Center Next 50 program. The program includes 50 artists, cultural leaders, arts organizations, and community members from many walks of life including Qacung aka Stephen Blanchett (Yup'ik), Ty Defoe (Ojibwe/Oneida), Tony Duncan (Three Affiliated Tribes/San Carlos Apache), and Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota).
"It's an honor to be chosen by such a prestigious arts center as the Kennedy Center," said Kennedy Center Next 50 artist Tony Duncan to Native News Online. "I've always admired the works done and collaborations the Kennedy Center has done to bring the arts and the different stories of some many cultures to the world."
Duncan was notified of his selection to the prestigious arts organization's program several months ago. "It was definitely a wonderful surprise to receive the email a few months back," he said of being notified of his recognition.