Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jacobson House builds relationship with American Indian Community

NORMAN, OK- Famous for once being the home of Oscar Jacobsen, a European artists who brought the works of the famous “Kiowa Five Artists” and other southwestern art into the spotlight, the Jacobson House is a link to the American Indian community in Norman. Hanging on the walls are the famous paintings by “the Kiowa Five” and other artists the Jacobson House helps bring American Indians together for community support and involvement. The spring 2010 semester has the house being used on Sundays by the Norman First American Methodist Church in conjunction with their Campus Ministries meal and gathering. Reverend Glen “Chebon” Kernell, Jr. says, “The Jacobson House lets us use the facilities to hold our meetings and provide a venue for us.” Kernell continues, “It allows a person to come see what the Jacobson House stands for, the artwork that is held here, the artists, special shows. It really is just provides a service to the community.” The Jacobson House is located at 609 Chautauqua on the northwest corner of the University of Oklahoma campus. The executive director is Kricket Connywerdy, a Kiowa-Caddo American Indian. The house has Indian taco sales on Tuesday and this semester has introduced a Kiowa community language class on Thursday nights.

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