richard zane smith
LOCATION: Wyandotte, Oklahoma
Richard believes strongly that “art” is not extracurricular but foundational to a healthy society and that “without art, society is without heart and soul.” He uses Wyandot language, storytelling, singing and ceramics as a method of healing within his community while focusing much of his energies on preschool and elementary children. He also teaches ceramic courses to adults.
“Richard is gifted in language, music, dance, storytelling, carving and more, all of which he utilizes to uplift others, inspire pride in heritage, and increase spiritual growth and understanding.” - Sallie Cotter Andrews, nominator