Artist in Residence

More information on the 2020 Artist In Residence project coming soon.

2019 Artist in Residence: Twin Flames

FAI’s 2019 Artist in Residence project was a commissioned work that coincided with the United Nations declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In collaboration with UNESCO, FAI invited Twin Flames to consider and converse with Indigenous artists globally to create an original piece that speaks to the importance of language, especially as it relates to identity, culture, and history.

Twin Flames is an Indigenous wife and husband duo (Jaaji, an Inuk Mohawk from Nunavik, and Chelsey June, Algonquin Cree métis from Ottawa). Touring the Arctic and North America, together they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land as they sing songs in English, Inuttitut and French. They have received top honors at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards.

About AIR: Created to foster cultural cross- cross-pollination, diversify audiences, and nurture artistic growth, FAI’s Artist in Residence program (AIR) pairs folk musicians with institutions and community organizations through innovative partnerships. Past projects have paired artists with KC Ballet, the WWI Museum, Topeka Correctional Facility and KCPD, and UMKC’s Math and Statistics Department and the Kansas City Art Institute.