The artwork and historical past of the Cherokee Nation have formed northeast Oklahoma for generations. Now we’re endeavor a brand new public undertaking that higher connects our cultural, inventive and historic websites close to our iconic Capitol Sq. in downtown Tahlequah. When accomplished this summer season, the Cherokee artwork park and cultural pathway might be a vacation spot for locals and guests from all around the world.
I am proud to say that the seed for this undertaking started with Cherokee Nation First Woman January Hoskin. January and I like Tahlequah, and we additionally each love Cherokee artwork, making this undertaking close to and expensive to our hearts. An inventive pathway is a pure match to showcase the work of Cherokee Nation’s many proficient artists.
The undertaking goals to create areas the place all folks really feel welcome to assemble, get pleasure from public artwork and be taught our deeper historical past. We’re collaborating with Tahlequah’s metropolis leaders to enhance pedestrian accessibility with new walkways and thrilling new options akin to a public gathering area, artwork shows, a chalk wall, new landscaping, out of doors lighting and park-style furnishings.
The undertaking will hyperlink Cherokee Nation’s current downtown cultural options, making all of them extra accessible. Pedestrians will be capable of safely journey between websites, together with the Cherokee Nationwide Historical past Museum, Cherokee Nationwide Jail Museum, Cherokee Nationwide Supreme Courtroom Museum, Cherokee Arts Middle, Cherokee Nationwide Peace Pavilion, Kawi Café and Spider Gallery.
The out of doors gallery area will even host a variety of different Cherokee cultural highlights, together with storytelling, music and different efficiency artwork. We are going to carry high quality cultural experiences out of our museums for the general public to securely get pleasure from outdoor. We will additionally host mini artwork markets and group festivals. The chances are limitless.
Our staff at Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is appearing shortly to carry this undertaking to life. It is a undertaking with no actual finish date, as we will at all times add enhancements to the artwork park and pathway with sculptures and public artwork all through the years. The improved area will amplify all of Cherokee Nation’s present methods to help our artisans and share our tradition with the world.
Greater than something, this is a chance to spend money on our capital metropolis and showcase a novel assortment of cultural, inventive and historic sources which can be already a tourism anchor for Cherokee Nation. We hope folks will discover the brand new artwork stroll inspiring and that it leads them to discover their very own creativity and tradition.
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.