Marlena Robbins

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Marlena Robbins is Diné (Navajo) from Crystal, NM. She earned her Master’s in American Indian Studies - Indigenous Rights and Social Justice from ASU. Her research includes the use of art as a spiritual expression for Indigenous well-being and has dedicated her focus to advocating for art within the fields of Indigenous mental health. Marlena is a visual artist, she started painting with acrylic in 2013. She recently hosted mindful art workshops for several organizations including the Ft. Defiance Indian Health Board, Santa Fe Indian School Art appreciation event, Native Health, Heard Museum Creative Aging Series (2020-2021), Madison School District, Ft. Mojave Special Diabetes program and Santa Ana/San Felipe Teen Art Series. Mindful art focuses on the use of art to understand and connect with the emotional wellbeing of one’s self. I have experience as the expressive art facilitator of a substance abuse and behavioral health non-profit. I created a series of activities focused on helping people express themselves through the creative process. This experience can assist with team building, community relations and individual wellness. Nahasdzaan Pigments is the collection and process of natural pigments into a workable paint to be used on canvas. In this presentation I will walk viewers through my time back home on the Navajo reservation and how my curiosity grew to find this new form of science meets art in connection to land activation, cultural continuation and language revitalization. This presentation was recently conducted for Alternate Roots weekend and several schools in the Phoenix Valley, all of which shared feedback as being a new source of knowledge. I hope to bring the same experiences to your communities. Please contact me for more information.