About

History

Red Earth, Inc. began in 1978 with the establishment of the Center of the American Indian, a museum dedicated to showcasing Native American arts. In 1987, a group of influential community and tribal leaders founded the Red Earth American Indian Cultural Festival to showcase Native American dance and art. The two groups merged in 1992 to create Red Earth, Inc., which is now one of the most respected organizations of its type in the United States. 

About Red Earth Art Center

  • The Red Earth Art Center hosts a respected permanent collection of more than 1,400 items of Native American fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles, and beadwork. The Art Center plays host to changing exhibits through the year, as well as such prized permanent exhibits as the Deupree Cradleboard Collection.
  • The organization's educational programs operate year-round, drawing from exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, and seminars that showcase art, dance, music, and literature.
  • Since 1987, the Red Earth Festival has been held annually, drawing participants and spectators from around the world.
  • The event highlights the diversity of American Indian cultures in the region and the country, doing so in an environment of the utmost quality and respect for both the artist and participant.

For over 35 years Red Earth, Inc has been recognized as the primary multi-cultural resource in Oklahoma for advancing the understanding and continuation of Native American traditional and contemporary culture and art.  

Our mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets. The Red Earth Art Centeralso provides an outlet for Native artists to sell their art to the public.

The juried art competition and dance performances at the annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival have established Oklahoma City as a Native American art and cultural center, rivaling other southwestern cities as a showcase of Indian art.

Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.