PRESS RELEASE - August 6, 2010
CONTACT: Daniel Vandever, Public Information Officer
Fire Rock Casino lays foundation for Navajo Nation Fair
(Photo right to left: Sean McCabe-Chairman of Navajo Gaming Enterprise, Bob Winters-CEO of Navajo Gaming Enterprise, George Arthur-Chairman of Resource Committe, Patrick Sandoval-Office of the President & Vice President Chief of Staff, Norma Bowman-Fair Manager, Lucy Yazhe-Fine Arts & Crafts Coordinator, Ray Russell-Navajo Parks & Recreation Department Manager.) Special Events Office received two checks adding up to $32,850 from Fire Rock Casino at Gorman Hall on August 6, 2010. (photo by Geri Hongeva)
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – What it was, what it has become and where it will go have been questions surrounding the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair Arts and Crafts event.
The questions can all be put to rest today, a month away from the September 6 – 12 Fair. The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise is sponsoring the Arts and Crafts event and is seizing the unique opportunity to light up Gorman Hall.
“First and foremost we have an obligation to the artists. The artwork these days is so advanced, the traditions are intact and there are signs of genius in various forms,” explained Sean McCabe, chairman of the Navajo Gaming Enterprise board.
For this reason, the categories have been expanded and the prize money tripled for each category. The motivation is simply, “They deserve it,” stated McCabe.
Navajo artists are recognized around the world for their colorful techniques and complex styles rich in tradition. The Navajo Nation Fair has traditionally been the platform for artists to showcase their work and if they are lucky, perhaps even sell a piece or two.
But due to the recent economic crisis, artists have been seeing a steady decline in revenue for the last ten years. Most rely solely on the income they receive from their work to support their families, to support their crafts, and their travel.
“Unfortunately, our budget the past couple of years has evaded the infamous Arts and Crafts of the Navajos,” stated Fair Manager, Norma Bowman. “But with Fire Rock’s dedication to our unique artists, they have insured the Fair that it will not happen in 2010.”
With the inclusion of a larger amount of artisans in the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, this year will prove to be one to remember.
For additional information please visit www.navajonationfair.com or call the Special Events Office at 928.871.7055.
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