native ARTIST FELLOWSHIPs for arts business initiatives

First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists who want to strengthen their business skills through our Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship Program. In this one-year, self-directed program, artists get the technical support, professional training, and working capital they seek to start or grow a thriving arts business.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2016
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: November 2016

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
 

First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership fellowship doesn’t just help artists grow a business – it inspires them to fully honor their cultural creativity and grow the impact it has on their People. 

Since 2004, First Peoples Fund has welcomed more than 100 artists – from photographers to painters, hip-hop artists to basket weavers - to the program. They have gained access to not only our vast network of artists and strategic partners, but also to new market opportunities.

Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to support specific entrepreneurial initiatives that will enhance their business and contribute to a consistent and reliable income for themselves and their families.

Scatter Their Own, Scotti Clifford (Oglala Lakota) and Julianna Brown Eyes Clifford (Oglala Lakota). Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

Scatter Their Own, Scotti Clifford (Oglala Lakota) and Julianna Brown Eyes Clifford (Oglala Lakota). Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

IMPACT OF THE FELLOWSHIP
 

Our artist alumni tell us the program does more than just support an entrepreneurial spirit – it stimulates a renewed energy to challenge themselves and each other to create new work that pushes boundaries. The program develops independent, satisfied and credible artist entrepreneurs who are generous in spirit.

 

ELIGIBILITY
 

To be eligible for an Artist in Business Leadership fellowship, applicants must be documented affiliate of a United States Tribe (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian).

 

IS THE FELLOWSHIP RIGHT FOR ME?
 

The Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship is designed for artists with five or more years of experience marketing their art at Native art markets and galleries, and who have wholesale experience. Artists interested in applying for a fellowship should:

  1. BE COMMITTED TO PURSUING ART as a way to build a business and support themselves and their families.
  2. HAVE A VISION for expanding their business nationally. 
  3. SHARE A COMMITMENT TO PASSING ON ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE and skills within their home communities.

 

APPLY ONLINE NOW
 

Applications for a 2017 fellowship are now closed. Our online application process will reopen in April 2017 for a 2018 fellowship. 

 

QUESTIONS?

Want to discuss how you can apply for an Artists in Business Leadership fellowship? Call Jessica Miller at (605) 348-0324 or email at jessica@firstpeoplesfund.org