February 16, 2017
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA: Conor McMahon, Chief Curator of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), will present a lecture entitled, The Indian Arts and Craft Board and a New Deal for Native Americans, on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. The presentation is in conjunction with the Journey Museum’s Turtle Soup Lecture Series.
The IACB was created to promote economic development for Native American artists and craftspeople as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. This talk will explore the role of the IACB in encouraging development of Native American businesses in South Dakota and the nation as a whole. Activities such as the creation of regional field offices, presentations of artists’ workshops, and assistance to tribal cooperatives all played major roles in fostering growth in the market for Native American arts and crafts.