Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Symposium: Learning from its Past and Mapping its Future
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Justin Beatty (he/him), is a multi-disciplinary artist of Native American (Ojibwe, Saponi) & African-American descent.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in Indigenous Policy, Culture, & Art, a self-created interdisciplinary curriculum through the University Without Walls degree program.

As a visual artist, Justin's work includes digital art which he then prints onto canvas and museum-grade canvas paper, sculpting, drawing (pen & ink, marker, charcoal, pastels, and pencil), painting, & clothing.

His current focus in visual art is primarily dedicated to taking a deeper look into the cultural, political, spiritual, and social issues affecting current Native American & First Nations people…Justin is also a well-known Native American intertribal powwow singer in New England.

He is a founding member of Urban Thunder, an intertribal powwow drum group, and currently acts as drum keeper and lead singer. Urban Thunder has been host drum at various powwows in New England including Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), UMass-Boston, and various powwows for the Mass Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA).”

For a full biography, please see: Justin Beatty | Artist / Creative (Individual) | ArtsHub of Western Massachusetts (

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