The international award-winning advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy has been a longtime partner of the American Indian College Fund for more than 20 years through the activism of its co-founder, David Kennedy, who has been integral as the guiding creative force behind the Fund’s public service announcement campaigns over the years. In addition to its generous contributions of creative talent to the American Indian College Fund, Wieden+Kennedy also created an endowed scholarship to benefit one student each year attending the Institute of American Indian Arts.
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Tammy, a museum studies major, first went to Santa Fe in 1984 with her young son to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts. She graduated in 1987 with an associate’s degree in museum studies and went to work right away in the museum field while participating in the National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in Residence Program.
Tammy continued to work hard and raised her family, but didn’t have time or the money to leave the work force to earn a bachelor’s degree. In 2009, she decided to re-enroll at the Institute of American Indian Arts to complete her bachelor’s degree in museum studies with a minor in indigenous liberal studies. Today she is a full-time honors student with a 3.9 grade point average and is on the President’s list. Her honors and activities include being named as a President Obama Scholarship recipient, included in the American College Board Talent Roster Who's Who in the World and America list, a recipient of The West Outstanding Young Americans Outstanding Artists of the Twentieth Century Departmental Awards in Museum Studies, and the recipient of awards too numerous to list in the arts.
“Through the years, I have been an accomplished artist, curator, and educator but I have always had a desire to do more. Art in the discipline of bead work has always been my passion, and the work has brought me far. My designs are uniquely original and I create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect strong influences of my Cayuga/Iroquois background. In 1991, I reached a pinnacle in my career and was extremely honored to have my work featured in a solo exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian, titled ‘Beads on the Threads of Cayuga Tradition,’” Tammy says.
Tammy says her ultimate goal is to have a career that will combine service work which she finds spiritually fulfilling, travel, and the love of art, animals, the land, and its people. “I want my work to have lasting impact on the lives and communities,” Tammy says.
“Going to college is an honor and a privilege and I am making it a full-time job. I want to use my education to help others on their way to success in the future. I have been an accomplished artist, curator, and educator, but I have always had a desire to do more. Thank you for the opportunity to achieve my goals, and contribute to the success and pride among Native people,” she says.