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 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. 

Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux), 2016 Artists in Business Leadership Fellow and 2016 Cultural Capital Fellow. Photo courtesy of Northwest Area Foundation

Brendon Albers (Cheyenne River Sioux), 2016 Artists in Business Leadership Fellow and 2016 Cultural Capital Fellow. 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 to pursue specific arts business development goals for themselves and their families. Artists should have attended a Native Artists Professional Development workshop and/or have at least two years of experience marketing, distributing and/or presenting their art.

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 artists and culture bearers who are deeply rooted in their communities and are committed to passing on ancestral knowledge and cultural practices within their tribal communities.

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. 

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.

 

2018 FELLOWSHIPS

Applications for 2018 fellowships are now closed. Selection notification is by December 1, 2017 with fellowships starting January 2018.

First Peoples Fund is excited to announce new developments in our fellowship programs beginning in 2018.

We will continue our national programs with funding priorities to deepen our work in the following tribal communities: Colville, Pine Ridge, Blackfeet, Red Lake, Citizen Potawatomi, Hawai’i, Bering Strait Region, and Cheyenne River.

We are also excited about expanding our ABL and CC fellowships into the Southwest region.

We extend a special invitation to Native performing artists from ALL states to apply for the fellowship programs. Performing artists from most traditional and contemporary art forms are encouraged to apply, including musicians, hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, dancers and performance groups emphasizing cultural tourism and/or sharing and teaching others within their communities.

To apply, click the button below to create an account and begin your online application. The system will autosave while you work on your application but we recommend still saving occasionally as you work on your application.

 

 
Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa), 2007 Community Spirit Award honoree, 2009 Cultural Capital Fellow, 2016 Artists in Business Leadership Fellow. Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa), 2007 Community Spirit Award honoree, 2009 Cultural Capital Fellow, 2016 Artists in Business Leadership Fellow. Photo by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. 

QUESTIONS?

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