First Nations Development Institute: Native Arts Initiative
The goal of the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) is to stimulate long-term perpetuation, proliferation, and revitalization of artistic and cultural assets in Native communities. This is achieved by strengthening the enabling environments in which Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal programs operate to support emerging and established Native artists and sustain traditional Native arts in their communities.
Allowable activities under this funding opportunity include those which strengthen Native arts programming and/or organizational infrastructure.
- Examples of activities supporting arts programming include: master/apprentice artist opportunities; archiving and collections/preservation efforts; promoting artist-focused convenings; artist business plan and entrepreneurship training; communal artist spaces for Native artists; artist-led workshops and arts classes; artist financial literacy and business development training; artist cooperative development; strengthening juried art show and market capacity and artists’ capacity to enter art work; and artist-in-residence opportunities.
- Examples of activities supporting organizational infrastructure growth: governance training for an organization’s Board of Directors; financial management; organizational strategic planning; strengthening technological and informational systems; organizational and/or programmatic marketing and communications plan; and strengthening project management systems.
Amount: Approximately 15 grants of up to $32,000 each will be awarded.
Eligibility: Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs located in one of the following regions are eligible to apply:
- Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
- Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California)
- Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)
Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs must have existing program initiatives in place supporting Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and perpetuation and proliferation of traditional Native arts.
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