Collective spirit


Collective Spirit® is that which inspires self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. It moves each of us to stand up and make a difference, to pass on ancestral knowledge and simply extend a hand of generosity.

First Peoples Fund honors and supports the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. We accomplish this by providing tools, resources and a voice to Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.



Interested in becoming part of the First Peoples Fund family? Apply now!
Send your resume, cover letter & references to

Both positions are housed at our office in Rapid City, SD.


First Peoples Fund Launches new Report: investing in the indigenous arts ecology

Following up with our findings from the Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities report, Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology provides insight into the how strategic partnerships with artists and tribal organizations can contribute to growing and thriving Indigenous arts ecosystems in communities across Indian country.

Nomination period for
2019 Community SPirit awards
now open

Know an exceptional First Peoples artist who selflessly gives of themselves to pass on ancestral knowledge and weave cultural practices into the fabric of their communities? Nominate them for the 2019 Community Spirit Award!