Background

The Abenaki Arts & Education Center (AAEC) was founded by Vera Longtoe Sheehan in 2017 but its roots are much older. When Vera became the inaugural Director for the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association (VAAA) she immediately began the Arts & Education imitative which quickly outgrew VAAA’s mission.

After more than 25 years as an Educator she knew Abenaki history and living culture was not taught in school and she realized she has to correct that problem. While in Grad school she studied the problem of Abenaki Erasure form history and she strove to create a solution, envisioning a cultural center of the future that was filled with digital resources and offered virtual Abenaki programs. Using a combination of Decolonization theory, Indigenous Research Method, and Online Instructional Design Methodologies, she worked with her community on the Abenaki Arts & Education Center (2018) which was her capstone project for her Masters Degree. She was awarded the Dean’s Medal for her work as an embedded scholar.

Today, Abenaki Arts & Education Center continues to grow as more resources are added. We offer a variety of virtual or live engagements for classrooms, as well as cultural competency, land acknowledgement, and DEIA programs for your corporate lunches and events.