Moira Villiard

Artist, Activist, and Arts and Cultural Program Coordinator, American Community Indian Housing Organization

Session: Creative People Power in the Northwoods

Moira Villiard is an independent traditional artist, activist, muralist, speaker, writer, designer and filmmaker who, by some feat of pluralism, hopes better our community through these niches. Villiard grew up on the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota and is an Ojibwe and Delaware Lenape descendent. She is a full-time Arts & Cultural Program Coordinator at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). She currently serves as a freelance writer, creative/community consultant, editor and graphic designer, as well as a member of the Executive Board of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, a member of the Bush Foundation Change Network, and co-director of the Twin Ports-based variety show, A Goody Night. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communicating Arts with a minor in Global Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Superior in 2016.

Moira Villiard was recently awarded a 2019 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to paint a series of portraits related to human rights.  She is also a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Artist Project grant from Forecast Public Art to design 4 community street murals in Duluth.