A few weeks ago, Eighth Generation was featured in the LA Times list of "Gifts that will Change the World." That inspired me to curate my own gift guide based on the amazing people that supported or inspired me during my journey from an emerging Native artist who drew cultural art on shoes to becoming a leading arts entrepreneur. The main point here is that when you buy from one of the folks on this list, you can be assured that your dollars are sustaining an individual that will help nurture the next generation of emerging artists and arts entrepreneurs... - Read More
Although she’s much too humble to say so herself, Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) is a force to be reckoned with. She creates beautiful, intricate beadwork art on moccasins and other products. She also runs ultra-marathons with Kwe Pack, a running group she founded to connect with other indigenous women wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes. In addition, she teaches beadwork to community members. For her art, teaching, and community organizing efforts, Howes was recently named one of the Duluth News Tribune’s “20 Under 40”. We recently spoke with Sarah to learn more about how working with Eighth Generation has influenced.. - Read More
Eighth Generation founder Louie Gong discusses the economic and cultural impact of cultural appropriation from the perspective of an arts entrepreneur. The following audio was part of "Modern Native Warriors," a series by KBCS radio station in Bellevue, Washington. Matt Remle, Michael Vendiola, and Colleen Echohawk were also interviewed as part of this series, which you can enjoy here. Excerpt: "In Native communities, we are flush with art and ...hardworking artists. What we are not flush with is opportunities to collaborate with larger companies in order to build our business capacity." "It's additional labor to always be addressing this idea.. - Read More
In his vibrant Seattle studio, artist and activist Louie Gong describes his trend-setting pathway to independence and sustainability as a cultural artist. By Kathy Touhey and Valerie Vozza for the Seattle Channel's "Art Zone". - Read More
Do you want to learn what it takes to be a full time artist? Do you want to participate in the development of highly unique products from scratch through to distribution? This is your opportunity to get exposure to ideas, networks, and processes that usually take decades to develop. We offer a dynamic hands-on learning experience that will be partially defined by your own skill set and interests. You will work closely with Louie as he develops numerous projects, supporting him on tasks suited to your skill set and interests while providing thoughtful analysis related to artwork, fashion and/or marketplace... - Read More
This free, hands-on workshop March 01, 2014 is a collaboration between Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. It highlights Louie's Mockups (www.getmockups.com) as case study for exploring critical issues in Native arts entrepreneurship...