columbus day art

It’s Columbus Day! A holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the U.S. of A, back in 1492. It’s a bittersweet day for many and brings up dark spots in our history that makes children and adults alike ask, “Columbus Day: How is that still a thing?”.

Watch Jamie Oliver’s Last Week Tonight’s take:

Anyway, I do have a point about Art and Columbus Day. I’m fortunate enough to live close to Phoenix, Arizona’s Heard Museum, known for award-winning American Indian Art & History exhibits. Check out the current and signature exhibits here… 

I’m urging fellow artists and citizens to MAKE the time this week to understand the people and culture that long lived in America before Columbus, and inevitably, we, took over. It’s the least we can do to preserve America’s genuine history.

Here’s a few snapshots of Native American pieces I personally have displayed in the hallway of my home.

How are you celebrating today? How can we incorporate art? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see photos in the comments below. Thanks all!