Five Points Gallery: September 1 – October 7, 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

In-Person Artist Talk: Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM

Installation images coming soon

 The discovery of the bodies of nearly 8,000 native children at former residential school sites in Canada has provided evidence of the systematic brutality of the residential school program in the USA and Canada. This installation was created by artist Jason Montgomery to remember and honor the children who never returned home from residential schools. This art installation is composed of 2000 orange flags. The memorial remembers, honors, and acknowledges those children who died while attending a residential school in the USA and Canada. From 1879 to the present day, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Native Americans attended Indian boarding schools as children. Even following the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, The US still operates over 2 dozen off-reservation boarding schools and has yet to investigate a single US residential school site.


Website: https://www.attackbearpress.com/attackbears#/attack-bear-jason-montgomery

Jason R. Montgomery, or JRM, is a Chicano/Indigenous Californian poet, painter, community artist and engagement artist from El Centro, California. In 2016, along with Poet Alexandra Woolner, and illustrator Jen Wagner, JRM founded Attack Bear Press in Easthampton, MA. Jason’s work engages the cross-section of Chicano/Indigenous identity, cultural hybridization, post-colonial reconstruction, and political agency. His writing and visual art bridge the aesthetics and feel from the early cubist collage movement and the Russian abstract movement of the 1920s with living and historical Native/Indigenous Californian and Chicano art traditions to explore the Post-colonial narrative through active synthesis and guided (re)construction. JRM’s work has appeared in Split Lip Magazine, Storm Cellar, Ilanot Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and other publications. Jason is one of the 2021 Newell Flather Awards for Leadership in Public Art outstanding nominees and 2021-2023 Easthampton Poets Laureate. Jason is also the co-founder of the police abolition group “A Knee is Not Enough” (AKINE) in Easthampton,