WORKSHOP: Beyond Land Acknowledgement,

an Interdisciplinary Workshop with

Rev. Houston R. Cypress


SATURDAY, APRIL 20th, 2024

12:00 – 3:00 pm                         

TICKET PRICE:                               

$10 General / Free for Members


Land Acknowledgments are a traditional custom in many Native communities and nations and have served as a means of paying respect to the inhabitants of the land since time immemorial. These days, American communities are creating these public ceremonies to represent milestones on the journey of Relationship-building, Healing & Reconciliation. In this 3-hour workshop, Rev. Houston R. Cypress, a Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer Artist and Environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, will discuss how to go beyond land acknowledgment into action. Using movement, music, cinema, and text, Cypress will guide participants through a process of crafting an interdisciplinary expression of land acknowledgment for the lands on which they live.


This workshop has been programmed as part of Cypress’ 2024 residency at The Church.

For a full line-up and schedule for our upcoming artists-in-residence, visit our website HERE.



Rev. Houston R. Cypress is a Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer Artist and Environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. He grew up in the River of Grass region of the Greater Everglades – a place of refuge for his ancestors, and the source of traditional plant medicines. Early on, he appreciated art as a form of knowledge production by learning woodcarving from his grandfather and collaborating with his mother to produce her Miccosukee fashion shows. He embraces poetry as a foundation of his artistic and spiritual practices, including his audiovisual work.


The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th-century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.


The Church   

48 Madison Street   

Sag Harbor, NY 11963



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