native ARTIST FELLOWSHIPs To sustain the cultural fabric of a community.

It is critical that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed on from one generation to the next. Through First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship Program, culture bearers in tribal communities receive financial and technical support to further their important work.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2017 (Applications will open in September)
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: November 2017

 

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
 

Artists in First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital fellowship strengthen the Collective Spirit® -- which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community.

Throughout this one-year program, fellows are offered tools, resources and capital to build on their own one-of-a-kind cultural contributions while also uncovering previously unrealized cultural potential.

With over 50 Cultural Capital artist alumni, grant recipients have access to a large network of artists on the local and national levels. Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to offer artists an opportunity to delve deeper into their art – sharing their artistry with all who want to learn.

Delores Churchill (Haida), 2003 Community Spirit Award honoree, 2006 and 2015 Cultural Capital Fellow. Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

Delores Churchill (Haida), 2003 Community Spirit Award honoree, 2006 and 2015 Cultural Capital Fellow. Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

IMPACT OF THE FELLOWSHIP
 

Our artist alumni perpetuate generosity, wisdom, and integrity within their communities and strengthen the Collective Spirit®, achieving greater access to unrealized cultural potential. 

 

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 Cultural Capital fellowship is specifically for artists who are grounded in the rich cultural heritage of their Tribal Nations. Artists should also:

  1. SHARE A COMMITMENT TO PASSING ON ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE and practices within their communities.
  2. HAVE A PLAN to document their ancestral knowledge for future generations.
  3. SEEK WAYS TO SUSTAIN CULTURE SHARING as a way of life within their tribal community. 

 

APPLY ONLINE NOW
 

Applications for the 2018 Cultural Capital Fellowship are now closed.

 

QUESTIONS?

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