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Kalama art chosen to hang at Madras, Prineville COCC centers

Artist Foster Kalama with some of his pieces.Foster J. Kalama, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, was chosen to fill two of the four available positions for art depicting this region to be hung in the Madras and Prineville COCC campuses.

Kalama’s "River-Land-Air" piece and his "Pow-wow Trail Piece" were chosen from work by 100 artists in Central Oregon. The pieces will be hung at the Madras COCC Campus in the Community Room starting in June.

Judges felt it was important that Native American art from local artists be displayed to represent tribal culture in Central Oregon.

Kalama's artwork was recently featured in a month-long art show inside the Redmond Starbucks coffee house during the month of May, and currently he has original art pieces featured inside the Redmond's Bazaar building on Sixth and Elm streets in Redmond.

Retiring as the Native American liaison, after 18 years of service at Madras High School., Kalama has started a new venture.

He is the co-founder and committee member for the recently established 501c3 non-profit organization called the Education Improvement Network, which supports education reform and supplies much needed cultural support for Central Oregon youth.

This includes buying musical instruments for kids, providing stipends for tribal and Hispanic elders to teach their culture and heritage, producing literary publications, and providing student educational scholarships.  For more Information contact Courtney Snead at the COCC Madras Campus at 541-550-4100, or David Billyeu, at 541-383-7563.




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