The meetings identified viable solutions for economic opportunity and pathways to follow and TKF formulated a two path approach that envisioned a large A:shiwi Community Cultural Complex (ACCC) with a first path that would begin with encompass the museum and museum shop components of the ACCC proposal:
The first path builds upon the establishment of a working relationship with the A:Shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (ACCRC). Led by Executive Director Hayes Lewis, the ACCRC is the only Pueblo tribal college initiative among the Pueblo tribes in New Mexico and actively working toward independent accreditation.
In conversations with Mr. Lewis it became apparent that the ACCRC and TKF share overlapping areas of interest, purpose and activity. TKF is moving forward with two aspects of the ACCC plan on a smaller scale: the museum and museum gift shop (referred to now for convenience as the Zuni Art Museum and Museum Shop (ZAMMS). The ACCRC has suitable land available for this project and the Museum building would be located on, and become part of the ACCRC campus. This project will be beneficial to provide attractions to a broader audience as well as the Zuni community.
Possible attractions include:
The spectacular Zuni Mapping Project created a few years ago to illustrate that maps have a very different connotation in different cultures and provide a different way of knowing the world. The project has been exhibited in various museum and remains a traveling exhibit. TKF suggests that the ZAMMS become the new home of a reproduction of the Zuni Mapping Project, using high quality reproduction and printing on canvas. Since the original is either on display in a distant location, or crated when not traveling, this would offer a permanent exhibition space for the content of the Zuni Mapping Project and would become an permanent resource for Zunis and a destination for visitors. (http://ashiwi-museum.org/collaborations/ashiwi-map-art)
ZAMMS will be a gathering place for many museum quality pieces currently scattered in collections worldwide. There is already an expressed interest by collectors to either donate to a ZAMMS or make pieces available on loan. A single large concentration of Zuni artwork is not currently viewable anywhere to our knowledge. A collection of this nature would become a resource for working and future Zuni artists, historians, researchers, the Zuni community, and other visitors.
TKF anticipates a building of approximately 2500 square feet for the ZAMMS project. TKF is exploring the possible use of rammed earth construction and is in preliminary discussions with a firm that is willing to teach interested Zunis how to employ this ancient construction method and this could foster other economic opportunities.
Other current projects include:
TKF is proud to help fund the new Entrepreneur Program building (EP) at the ACCRC. This is scheduled to be operational September 2019
TKF will assist with the establishment of a photography studio at the new EP building. Professional studio photographers will teach aspiring Zuni photographers in studio lighting, use of professional equipment, photo editing software and proper preparation of images for use on websites. The goal would be for these Zunis to mentor others. This will allow Zunis to provide an on-site professional studio for the creation of professional photography for use in websites, show entry, visual recording and archiving for preservation, self-promotion and a key to using authentication tools for verification of provenance of Zuni jewelry.
TKF received a gift of several hundred scholarly documents and books from the private collection of Barbara Tedlock and her late husband, Dennis Tedlock. The Tedlocks lived in the Zuni Pueblo for a period of time in the mid 1960s while Dennis Tedlock completed his doctoral dissertation research. The Tedlocks had always wished to give back to the Zunis and these volumes form the basis of a research library housed at the ACCRC.
To further the success of the library project, TKF is providing high quality, lockable, glass door cabinets for the proper housing and storage of this initial incoming trove of work. ACCRC has graciously agreed to house this collection in an existing secure room at the present campus. Installation is projected for the early fall of 2019.