Darren Thompson travels throughout the world to perform and speak on a variety of issues affecting American Indian people at colleges, universities, schools, conferences, art and cultural centers as well as appear at cultural festivals and concerts. A long-time performing artist who has earned dozens of residencies in educational settings, Darren Thompson hosts an annual workshop in his hometown of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin where eager learners, students as well as teachers learn more about American Indian culture and the Native American flute.
SPEAKER Darren has been spent much of his adult life serving American Indian communities through leadership and community development giving him a broad range of experience. He was featured in the book, “Everybody Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up,” by Paul Schimtz highlighting the importance of activating local leadership to strengthen communities. He has been a guest speaker at conferences and universities on topics such as The Use of American Indian Imagery and Mascots, Expanding the American Indian Arts & Crafts Act, American Indian Civic Engagement, The Loss, Recovery, and Revitalization of American Indian Music, American Indian Representation in the 21st Century, cultural competence in the workplace, and youth leadership development. Recent speaking engagements include the Association of American Indian Physician’s Cross-cultural workshop, the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Tourism, and the National Indian Education Association’s Annual Conference.
WORKSHOPS Distributed as a musician, Darren gives music workshops and leads retreats about the Native American flute. Recent workshops include residence at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee; Dillman’s Bay Resort, and will be soon developing a workshop in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Darren's new endeavors have created a demand as an arts business development trainer and is currently approaching a series of trainings on developing the next generation of artists in Indian Country. His recent trainings have been offered on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and will be expanded other communities.
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