Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, designer, and community organizer from Fond du Lac Nation in Minnesota. She is the CEO of House of Howes. She is widely known for her moccasins, beadwork, and regalia classes connecting community through art. As an Inspired Natives collaborator Sarah brings together the Ojibwe timeless tradition with contemporary design to make heirloom usable art.
Sarah began learning her cultural arts as a teen from her family and community mentors. House of Howes began as custom made beadwork and regalia. As demand grew, Howes decided her community needed Makers.
Her current work – which specializes in Ojibwe Floral – teaching and engaging community represents the perpetuation of that tradition as well as graphic design.
Sarah is the recipient of several grants for spoken word performance, writing, bulrush mat research, and Ojibwe moccasin tutorials from the Jerome Foundation and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Sarah is a 20 Under 40 Award Recipient for her work in community leadership. She was the Artist in Residence for the Duluth Children's Museum and Madeline Island Museum in 2016-2017. She has been an Artist in Residence for Proctor Public Schools 2017-2018 and 2019 and Cloquet Middle School 2019. She is a 2018 Peacemaker Award Recipient and a 2019 YWCA Woman of Distinction Awardee. She is an artist in residence with the Minnesota Historical Society for 2018-2019.
Her work has been featured in Native Max Magazine, Native Arts Magazine, Duluth News Tribune, Portland Art Museum, PBS Native Report, and Indian Country today. She has curated exhibits at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Minnesota Duluth as well as contributed to installations at the Gemaajii Gallery and Mille Lacs Museum.
Her public art projects can be see on the Ordean Building in Duluth and Cloquet Middle School.
For the past 8 years, she has organized an Indigenous Women’s Running Group and utilizes social media to provide inspiration and support to promote wellness and health.
Sarah is honored to be involved with the Inspired Natives Project. Through this collaboration with Eighth Generation, she has developed her digital art skills, collaborated on custom projects, and expanded her research into to develop traditional Indigenous designs into a bold and innovative art as well as in her graphic design work.