Nativo Lodge and SWAIA Celebrate Their Latest Collaboration

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A public reception on January 30th will celebrate the Nativo Lodge Fellowship, which allows SWAIA artists the opportunity to design and create a cultural living experience for visitors to Albuquerque.

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and the Nativo Lodge, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have once again collaborated on an exciting fellowship. The Nativo Lodge Fellowship provides an opportunity for 2 artists to design and execute the creation of an immersive cultural experience within 2 guest rooms at the Nativo Lodge Hotel. Modern designs rooted in traditional Native American narratives offer guests a unique experience and opportunity to enrich their visit to New Mexico. Dallin Maybee, SWAIA COO states, “This fellowship offers a unique contemporary glimpse into some of our most traditional and often personal narratives, as told by our Native artists. To stay at one of these rooms is an unparalleled experience not found anywhere else in New Mexico.”

An exciting opportunity for the public to preview all 8 guest room installations will occur on Friday January 30, 2015, at a reception with all 8 artists. The newest fellows, Michelle Lowden and Randy Barton will debut their recent completed rooms, with music, food, and art headlining the event. The reception will happen from 7- 10pm, with the guest rooms open and all the artists providing additional works of art for preview and purchase.

The reception highlights include a special menu in the Nativo Lodge Café, signature drinks, and a special promotion that allows attendees the opportunity to buy a gift certificate to stay in an artist room.

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ABOUT HERITAGE HOTELS & RESORTS, INC.: Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. offers a collection of culturally designed hotels in New Mexico. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Nativo Lodge are located in Albuquerque, NM; Hotel St. Francis, Lodge at Santa Fe, and Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe are located in Santa Fe, NM; Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located in Las Cruces, NM. All hotels are locally and minority owned and support cultural preservation and causes.

SWAIA Mission Statement: Bringing Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.
SWAIA is an advocate for Native American arts and cultures, and creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.

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