A multi-year community engaged collaboration between the Wiyot Tribe and Dell’Arte International re-envisioned after the onset of the Covid19 pandemic to include the creation 4 original short films and 1 radio podcast about the art and life of Rick Bartow (1946-2016).

Online and in-person exhibits of his work are planned at the Goudi'ni Gallery in 2022 and a permanent exhibit will be designed and installed at the newly acquired Wiyot Cultural Center in downtown Eureka. The project will feature live-streamed artist talks with filmmakers in the fall of 2021 and multiple premier events in the spring of 2022 for the finished short films.

The Bartow Project is led by a team of women:

Michelle Hernandez and Zuzka Sabata

Artistic Directors

Michelle Hernandez Co-Artistic Director of The Bartow Project

Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) is a filmmaker and photographer. Her work focuses on the importance of culture, traditions, and identity, as well as dealing with Native American subjects. She gives voice to stories that help breakdown stereotypes.

Zuzka Sabata is a theatre maker, performer, teacher, and community organizer who has developed and led community-based projects in Humboldt County for 15 years. She creates original work that addresses difficult or opaque subject matters that have deep social impact.

Artistic Council

the council advises and supports the project

Brittany Britton (Hupa) is the Director of the Goudi'ni Native American Arts Gallery at Humboldt State University. She is a curator and visual artist.

Samantha Williams-Gray (Tlingit) is a PhD candidate in Psychology focusing on intergenerational trauma and embodied movement therapy techniques.

Xstine Cook

Xstine Cook is the founder of the Calgary Animated Objects Society. She is a mask and puppet maker, experimental theatre artist and self-taught filmmaker.

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