Shirley Sneve

Executive Director at Vision Maker Media, whose mission is to support the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native public media. She directs the television production fund and the AIROS Radio Network. She moved to Nebraska from Amherst, MA, where she was director of Arts Extension Service from 2001-2004. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, Shirley was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Juried Show and Market, the Oyate Trail cultural tourism byway, and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She has been the director of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, assistant director of the South Dakota Arts Council and minority affairs producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Shirley has been adjunct professor in Native American Studies at Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls, and a community cultural planning consultant. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University in journalism, with minors in music, Native American Studies and German. Graduate work at the Universities of South Dakota and Massachusetts focused on management, community building and the arts. In addition to her work on the board of AEI, Shirley serves on the board of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC).