The Eastern Shore Art Center will honor the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on Friday, May 4, in acknowledgment of their generous $25,000 contribution to ESAC’s recent Capital Campaign. The Art Center will name one of its four studios for the Poarch Tribe and will honor tribal representatives with a reception in the studio.
Following the brief ceremony and a reception for Tribe dignitaries and members and ESAC benefactors and board members, children of the Tribe will perform ceremonial dances for visitors to the Art Center’s First Friday Art Walk. The dedication ceremony will begin in Studio 2 at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 4. First Friday Art Walk begins at 6:00, and the public is invited.
POARCH BAND OF CREEK INDIANS
The Poarch Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Unlike many eastern Indian tribes, the Poarch Creeks were not removed from their tribal lands and have lived together for almost 200 years in and around the reservation in Poarch, Alabama. The reservation is located eight miles northwest of Atmore, Alabama in rural Escambia County, and 57 miles east of Mobile.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises which employ hundreds of local residents. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is an active partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social, and cultural projects benefitting both Tribal Members and residents of local communities and neighboring towns.
The Tribe’s Planned Giving Campaign includes significant donations to local schools, education scholarships, senior centers, youth athletics, and charitable organizations. The contribution to the Eastern Shore Art Center is among many grants and donations made by the Tribe in 2017.
EASTERN SHORE ART CENTER
The Eastern Shore Art Center is funded solely through private memberships, donations, and grants. ESAC is free and open to the public and offers free guided tours through its five galleries. Artists from all over the US display at the Art Center in ever-changing exhibits and in its annual Outdoor Art Show. Since its inception, the goal of ESAC has been community education, and its four studios provide classes and workshops in a variety of mediums for students of all ages. The center’s Outreach Programs embrace young and old, those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and the underserved throughout and beyond Baldwin County.