A portrait of Jaiden Sanchez (Tohono O'odham Nation)


Jaiden Sánchez, a proud member of the Tohono O'odham Nation, recently graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Art History, complemented by minors in Native American Indigenous Studies, Studio Art, and Italian Studies. Her strong cultural heritage and deep-seated passion for Native American art and museum studies have significantly shaped her academic journey and career ambitions.

At NYU, Jaiden gained practical experience through internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum, where she worked with conservators to preserve and restore invaluable artworks, refining her attention to detail and conservation techniques.
Her versatility led her to contribute to the Madison Square Park Conservancy organization, where she employed her social media and research skills to raise awareness about cultural events and exhibitions at Madison Square Park.
Jaiden's academic focus on Native American art and her minor in Native American Indigenous Studies provided her with profound insights into the rich history and contemporary issues facing Indigenous communities, fueling her commitment to promoting their art and heritage.

Jaiden aspires to champion inclusive and culturally sensitive representation of Indigenous art within museums, envisioning a future where Native American artists and communities actively shape the narrative of their cultural heritage.

Her journey reflects her dedication to bridging academia, cultural preservation, and community engagement, with her Tohono O'odham background empowering her to make meaningful contributions to the dialogue surrounding Indigenous art. With unwavering passion, Jaiden aims to leave a lasting impact and inspire future generations to embrace and celebrate Native American art and culture.

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