Poeh Cultural Center: Supporting Tribal Arts and Tourism
Tuesday, August 10, 2021; 10 a.m. MDT
In 1988, the Poeh Cultural Center & Museum was established as a “gathering place” and a way to promote Pueblo arts and culture. Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Poeh Cultural Center is a great example of how tribes have fused cultural arts and tourism into a successful enterprise. The Center’s business module includes a renowned museum, gallery and gift shop, with an emphasis on art programs and classes that teach and sustain traditional arts. The educational arts programs offer entrepreneurial opportunities for artists, with beautiful state-of-the-art studios on site. The Center encourages “shop native” and showcases artists by hosting events, gallery exhibitions and art markets. Additionally, the Center, which has one of the most notable fine arts collections in the country, manages a million-dollar art collection at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Learn how the Center continues to develop new jobs and economic opportunities for the Tribe by creating a world class facility that welcomes visitors while celebrating local culture.
Jake Viarrial (Pueblo of Pojoaque), Tourism Coordinator, Poeh Cultural Center
Jake Viarrial has been with the Poeh Cultural Center for 8 years. Jake started as a Gift Shop Attendant in the Poeh Museum in 2013, and has worked with many different departments at the Center since. He currently works as the Tourism Coordinator, where he is responsible for tourism related programming including guided tours, marketing and art markets. One of Jake’s goals as Tourism Coordinator is to work together with the six Tewa-Speaking tribes to become a hub for Tewa tourism.
Cris Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo), Traditional Pueblo Weaving, Poeh Cultural Center
Bianca Mitchell (Pueblo of Acoma), Education Manager, AIANTA
Bianca Mitchell (Pueblo of Acoma) joins AIANTA as the organization’s Education Manager. With an extensive background in events management, donor development, communications and marketing, Bianca brings years of experience to AIANTA. In her role as the Education Manager, she will identify, develop, implement, market and promote technical assistance and training programs, webinars and certificate programming. Bianca’s goal is to assist in growing and enhancing the program model for and with AIANTA.