Arts Kids & the Ute Reservation

Photo credits Sarah Bunker

"The Hardy Heart" monthly blog - September 2017

Sometime in the early part of 2014, I got an idea to organize a fundraiser concert for kids on the Ute Tribe reservation. I had received my B.A. in History from the University of Utah in 2011 and one of the subjects I sought out was a favorite since childhood, Native American history. It is a complex and often dark chapter of U.S. history that gets so brushed over and romanticized in the lower levels of education. I think a big part of the desire to do this fundraiser was that I wanted to get beyond just studying about Native Americans and actually connect face to face. And then, I just wanted to help. Studying these stories of dishonesty and brutality and sadness had left me at a loss. This was a step that I hoped could lead to a little bit of healing all around. I had never put together a fundraiser concert