one-year artist fellowships

Through our Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships, First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists and culture bearers to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next. 

Twenty to twenty-five artists are selected annually for First Peoples Fund's one-year fellowship programs. Fellows receive $5,000 project grants, technical support and professional training to start or grow a thriving arts business and to further their important work in their communities. 

Applicants must be documented affiliates of a United States Tribe (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian).

Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux). Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux). Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

WHICH FELLOWSHIP IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

ARTIST IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP


The program's purpose is to develop independent, satisfied, and credible Native artist entrepreneurs who are generous in spirit. The fellowship supports artists with specific arts business initiatives that will contribute to a consistent, reliable income for themselves and their families. Artists should have at least five years of experience marketing their art at Native art markets and galleries, and/or have wholesale experience. 

CULTURAL CAPITAL


The program's purpose is to strengthen the Collective Spirit® of those artists who perpetuate generosity, wisdom, and integrity in their communities. The fellowships are designed for master artists and culture bearers who have been practicing their art for at least 10 years and are committed to passing on ancestral knowledge and cultural practices within their tribal communities.

Delores Churchill (Haida). Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

Delores Churchill (Haida). Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

Application process

Since 2004, First Peoples Fund has welcomed nearly 200 artists – from photographers to painters, hip-hop artists to basket weavers - to our fellowship programs. They have gained access to not only our vast network of artists and strategic partners, but also to new market opportunities.

Applications for a 2017 fellowship are now closed.  

Applications for a 2018 fellowship will open in April 2017 and are due September 30, 2017. Selection notification is in November 2017 with fellowships starting January 2018.

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa). Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie.

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa). Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie.

QUESTIONS?

Want to discuss how you can apply for a First Peoples Fund artist fellowship? Call Jessica Miller at (605) 348-0324 or email at jessica@firstpeoplesfund.org