We are thrilled to welcome our new Studio Institute intern, Jaiden Sánchez, who will be supporting the research and development of a new Harpo Foundation grant program for contemporary Native visual artists. Jaiden is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and a recent graduate from New York University with a B.A. in Art History and minors in Native American Indigenous Studies, Studio Art, and Italian Studies.
Throughout her academic journey at NYU, Jaiden focused on exploring Native American art and its socio-cultural significance. Her minor in Native American Indigenous Studies allowed her to delve into the rich history, diverse artistic expressions, and contemporary issues faced by Indigenous communities. This academic foundation has provided her with a nuanced understanding of the cultural complexities surrounding Native American art and has fueled her dedication to promoting its appreciation and representation. Jaiden actively engages with her tribal community, participating in cultural events, collaborating with local artists, and working towards preserving and promoting Tohono O’odham art and culture. Her tribal affiliation serves as a constant source of inspiration, grounding her work and reminding her of the importance of maintaining a strong connection to her Indigenous roots.
We look forward to working closely with Jaiden on strengthening the Harpo Foundation’s support of Native American art and artists.