The La MaMa Indigenous Initiative aims to provide a platform for Indigenous arts and culture, both nationally and worldwide. La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is committed to supporting ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and marginalized identities in the arts. The Initiative curates original Indigenous programming, including workshops, markets, and theatrical productions, to elevate the voices and artistic works of Native communities both nationally and internationally.
Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Founder Murielle Borst-Tarrant and La MaMa Artistic Director Mia Yoo initially established the Safe Habors Indigenous Collective to spear head original Indigenous programming. Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective and the La MaMa Indigenous Initiative remain a collaborative in that vision and legacy.
The La MaMa Indigenous Initiative also regularly collaborates with several partners across the country including:
CultureHub (telepresence partner); Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima (Hawaiian hula school); Kinding Sindaw; International Sonoran Desert Alliance, AZ; The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to the United Nations; AILA; Red Cloud Indian School, SD; Alaska Native Heritage Center; Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, WA; Institute of American Indian Art, NM; Haskell Indian School, NE and the Shinnecock Nation Culture Center and Museum, NY.
La MaMa’s Indigenous Initiative 2023–2024 is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional funding from the Mellon Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.