Grass weaving workshop

Fenimore Art Museum Presents a Series of Haudenosaunee-based Workshops for Women

Each workshop is presented in partnership with a Native interpreter and will include a gathering, teatime, story sharing, and communal participation in processes traditionally reserved for women in Early America.

Process Art Workshops

Four Workshops: (Saturdays) June 22, July 20, August 17, September 28 • 2:00-5:00pm. $20 members / $25 non-members. Registration required. Visit

COOPERSTOWN, NY — Fenimore Art Museum announces a series of four Haudenosaunee-based workshops for women taking place at the museum’s lakeside interpretive site, Otsego: A Meeting Place. Process Art Workshops provide a means to mindfulness and self-discovery. In the peaceful atmosphere of Fenimore’s reproduction Mohawk Bark House, participants will be guided by the example of Haudenosaunee tradition to experience the power they yield in community. Each workshop is presented in partnership with a Native interpreter and includes a gathering, teatime, story-sharing, and communal participation in processes traditionally reserved for women in Early America.

Online registration is required: $20 members / $25 non-members. A lesson plan will be provided at each workshop. Visit to register and find full details on each workshop. Please note that art activities may not be completed during these community-building experiences due to time constraints and the multiple activities planned. Participants can take home any unfinished work.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. As They Saw It is one in a series of American art exhibitions organized through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.


Process Art Workshop – Embroidering with Glass Seed Beads and Porcupine Quills

June 22 • 2:00-5:00pm

The workshop explores embroidering with glass seed beads and porcupine quills. No experience necessary.

Process Art Workshop – Processing Raw Clay and Hand Building Clay Forms

July 20 • 2:00-5:00pm

The workshop explores processing raw clay and hand building clay forms. No experience necessary.

Process Art Workshop – Braiding Corn, Sweet Grass, and Dogbane

August 17 • 2:00-5:00pm

The workshop focuses on braiding corn, sweet grass, and dogbane. No experience necessary.

Process Art Workshop – Weaving and Sculpting with Cattails

September 28 • 2:00-5:00pm

The workshop explores weaving and sculpting with cattails. No experience necessary.

About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit

About Art Bridges Foundation

Art Bridges Foundation is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Founded in 2017, Art Bridges creates and supports programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of more than 230 museums to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges Permanent Collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Permanent Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices. For more information, visit