We acknowledge that we are situated on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok, the Peoples of the Waters that Are Never Still.

We recognize that there is a history to this land that is older than we are and pay honor and respect to this history and to the Elders, past, present, and future.

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Korina Emmerich (Puyallup) speaking at the inaugural March to Raise Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) in Hudson, NY May 6, 2022. Courtesy Thatcher Keats




Forge Project is a Native-led initiative centered on Indigenous art, decolonial education, and supporting leaders in culture, food security, and land justice. Located on the unceded homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok in Upstate New York, Forge Project works to upend political and social systems formed through generations of settler colonialism.

Launched in 2021, Forge Project serves the social and cultural landscape of shared communities through a funded fellowship program for Indigenous culture workers, including those working in food and land justice, law and decolonial governance, and art. Forge hosts Native-led public education and events, a lending art collection focused on contemporary art by Indigenous artists, and art-,land-, and food-based educational programming at the Community Learning Kitchen developed in partnership with Sky High Farm.


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Emily Alfeche
Residence Manager, she/her
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Frances Cathryn
Editorial Projects Manager, she/her
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Candice Hopkins
(Carcross/Tagish First Nation)
Executive Director & Chief Curator,
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Larissa Nez
Digital Storytelling Fellow,
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Amelia Russo
Collections and Special Projects Manager, she/her
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Paloma Wake
Strategy & Operations Manager, she/they
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Zach Feuer
Co-Founder, he/him
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Becky Gochman
Co-founder, she/her



General inquiries: info@forgeproject.com

Collections: amelia@forgeproject.com

Media: Ed Winstead / Cultural Counsel: ed@culturalcounsel.com

Editorial inquiries: frances@forgeproject.com

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Collection and purchase consultation support by Broken Boxes Projects

Photography by Thatcher Keats, Alon Koppel, Zoe Chan, Letha Wilson, Carrie Schneider, Lexie Smith, Jason S. Ordaz, Anna Victoria, Johnny Fogg

Video production and consulting by Bob Bellerue and Connor Martin

Design by Other Means


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Forge Project is open during public events and by appointment only. Please reach out to schedule a tour.