Bunnell Street Arts Center welcomes Juneau-based hip-hop artist Arias Hoyle, who returns to Nanwalek for a music creation residency with the students of Nanwalek School sponsored by National Performance Network and Alaska State Council on the Arts Artist in Schools Program from September 12 – 16.
Arias’s residency will develop his project, “North Star.” He envisions a bright future for Indigenous Alaskan artists in music, movement and film. His project engages youth in the creation of a music video shot in Nanwalek, Alaska.
“My ancestry includes African American, Tlingít, Blackfoot Native, as well as Caucasian. My Tlingít name is Yawdunéi, and I am Gaanaxteidí (Raven Woodworm). My Alaska Native family are the Jilkáat Kwáan (Chilkat People) who originate from Klukwan in Haines. My intention is to broaden our audience with my music. Tlingít pride and Alaskan representation incorporated into hiphop is my forte. Alaska is full of remarkable history; it’s only necessary that we be nationally recognized for our artistic expression. Some people view our tribes as dying out, whereas I see us as striving peoples ready for revitalization. Aatléin gunalchéesh! Ixsixán Ax Kwáan!” – Arias Hoyle, @air_jazz
Hoyle’s residency is sponsored by the National Performance Network, Westaf Regional Touring program, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by RAVN Alaska.