The Community Artist-in-Residence (CAIR) supports the creative economy, imagination, and civic life on the East End by commissioning regionally based artists to develop socially engaged or participatory work. Artists are provided with creative mentorships, administrative support, a commissioning fee, and a shared studio/work space on the Guild Hall campus.
Artists collaboratively work with Guild Hall’s Learning + New Works staff to realize and produce their projects. This includes aiding in the concept of the work/project, connecting to community groups, and the final presentation of work on the Guild Hall Campus.
Wunetu Wequai Tarrant & Christian Scheider
The 2022-24 CAIR has been awarded to Linguist and Member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Wunetu Wequai Tarrant, and Filmmaker, Christian Scheider. With support from the competitive Creatives Rebuild New York grant, Tarrant and Scheider will spend the next two years developing the First Literature Project (FLP). The project proposes to support the language reclamation efforts through the preservation of Indigenous stories, culture, and language by utilizing immersive 3D, virtual reality, and holographic technology to create two immersive orations, one which will be the first media produced in the Shinnecock Language.
Additionally, Wunetu Wequai Tarrant will form and lead Ayím Kutoowonk (She Speaks), a collective of four Indigenous Shinnecock women working toward the reclamation and revitalization of the Shinnecock language. Supported through the Library Of Congress’ Connecting Communities Digital Initiatives Grant, Ayím Kutoowonk, will conduct Shinnecock language research utilizing historical texts, including the Library’s collection of digitized books from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and create a centralized online database. The online database will include interviews and stories shared by Shinnecock Tribal members, a compilation of materials utilized to help with Shinnecock language research and education, and a community-generated video archive for the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge.
Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY), a project of the Tides Center, is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. Guild Hall’s collaboration with Wunetu Wequai Tarrant, Christian Scheider, and The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, was made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program, with additional funding from the Library of Congress, the Long Island Community Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
Guild Hall’s Learning + New Works programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional major support comes from The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.