Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand to Speak, Oct. 4, 6:30 pm, Carla Madison Recreation Center

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CPFAN is honored to host a presentation by artist, activist and educator Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand at its October 4 Board Meeting/Program. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 pm. Kristina’s program will begin at 6:30 pm. Kristina is a Sicangu Lakota and Cherokee artist who hails from Taos, NM, but Denver is her home now – luckily for us! In describing her “A Story of Denver” mural featuring treasured Denver landmarks (an interactive artwork created through the Storytelling Studio at the Denver Art Museum), she says:  “From the moment I came here to attend college I fell in love with the energy. Every time I travel, I always feel a wash of relief when I drive back into town. It’s my city. And I, like so many others, have some really great memories in various places all around the metro area.”

Kristina grew up traveling, singing and dancing with her family at powwows. She spent most of her high school career experimenting with mixed media, participating in youth art shows, painting murals and doing set design for her high school drama class. Arriving in Denver, she studied at the Art Institute of Colorado in the Media Arts and Animation program. She has ten years of experience in after-school and summer programs with organizations like Think 360 Artist.

She is particularly known for her work with Pop Culture Classroom, the nonprofit that “delivers high quality, all-inclusive educational resources to school districts, teachers and educational organizations using comics, graphic novels, and related pop-culture media.” One of the educational materials Kristina developed is the comic narrative, A Tale of Sand Creek, created for third graders. The beautifully rendered cartoon video recounts the story of a Sand Creek survivor – a Denver woman whose great grandfather was put in a saddle bag and sent out of the massacre to be received by family elsewhere.

“Indigenous Warrior Woman”
by Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand
As the Creative and Public Engagement Fellow at the Denver Art Museum, Kristina is constantly creating new ways to promote her passion for storytelling and for community and social justice. She has also created several Land Acknowledgement art installations in the Denver area. One of the most recent is a Living Land Acknowledgement in Five Points, funded through a “P.S. You Are Here” grant administered by Denver Art and Venues (DAV).  The sponsor is Redline Contemporary Art Center. DAV describes the project: “P.S. You Are Here funds will support the centerpiece of the garden, a collaborative community-responsive artwork that actively acknowledges the Indigenous ancestral land of Five Points in an ongoing conversation to fortify residents’ sense of belonging, agency, and place-keeping. Co-designed by Five Points residents and a local artist selected through an open call, the topiary sculpture will feature Indigenous plants that thrive in Colorado’s arid climate to reconnect gardeners to native plants and to promote environmental sustainability.”

The Color Field installation at City Park’s Lily Pond was funded by a P.S. You Are Here grant sponsored by City Park Friends and Neighbors in 2020. CPFAN is now collaborating with Kristina on a P.S. You Are Here grant to install a Land Acknowledgement installation in the seed beds of the Lily Pond. We are excited to bring the City Park Lily Pond back to life under the inspired leadership and vision of Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand. Please show your support by attending the Oct. 4 program. You may also attend by Zoom. Also, email your thoughts and ideas about the proposed project to

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 4, 2022 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Seeds of Power Unity Farm, 3551 Humboldt St., Denver CO