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: October 31, 2017 (Applications will open in September)
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: November 2017

 

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), 2013, 2014 and 2015 Artists in Business Leadership Fellows. Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

Scatter Their Own, Scotti Clifford (Oglala Lakota) and Julianna Brown Eyes Clifford (Oglala Lakota), 2013, 2014 and 2015 Artists in Business Leadership Fellows. 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
 

Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. 

 

IS THE FELLOWSHIP RIGHT FOR ME?
 

The Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship is designed for emerging and established artists. 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 STRONG VISION and articulated plan for implementing effective market strategies over the one-year fellowship period.
  3. EXPLORE NEW PROJECTS AND WORKS with this opportunity.

 

APPLY ONLINE NOW
 

Applications are closed for 2018 Artists in Business Leadership Fellowships. 

 

QUESTIONS?

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