Alumni Hall of Fame member Jack Gladstone (’82) wins Community Spirit Award

jack-gladstone-two-medicine-2-square-webAlumnus Jack Gladstone (B.A., 1982), who was inducted into the UW Communication Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013, won a Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award from the First Peoples Fund. Each year, the First Peoples Fund “honors and celebrates exceptional American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists who embody the Collective Spirit – that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community.”

Each recipient is a practicing artist of at least 10 years, building the strength of their native communities by sharing their skills and talents. Gladstone is one of seven culture bearers who received the award this year, joining nearly 100 past recipients from around the nation.

Gladstone is a Blackfeet Indian poetsinger living in Montana. The website says, “Jack is creatively driven to restore the narrative themes that have long provided the framework to nurture individual and collective identities within tribal communities.”

“My hope is that my art continues to strengthen my community through the innovative production and presentation of mythic, historical and ecological tradition,” Gladstone was quoted.