BECOME A COMMUNITY PARTNER

Honor and celebrate exceptional Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists from across the country by becoming a sponsor of the 2016 Community Spirit Awards. Your commitment to this celebration ensures that First Peoples Fund can continue to support Native artists across the country who embody the Collective Spirit®, weaving their cultural traditions into their communities’ present and future.

About the Community Spirit Awards

On October 8, 2016, seven Indigenous artists will receive the Community Spirit Award, joining 80 artists who have received the award since its inception. In addition, four artists who were honored through ceremonies in their tribal communities in 2015 will participate in the celebration at the Performing Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. The evening consists of a reception and silent auction followed by an awards ceremony interwoven with film and fully produced performances by Native artists.

Why sponsorship is critical

Money raised through the Community Spirit Awards helps support fellowships and grants, professional development, and business coaching programs that directly benefit artists and culture bearers who are passing on their ancestral knowledge within their tribal communities.


Sponsorship Levels
Knowing ($5,000)

  • Six $100 tickets to the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Verbal recognition during the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Recognition on advertising, signage and other materials
  • First Peoples Fund website and social media recognition
  • Sponsorship impact report for you to share


Honoring ($4,999 - $2,500)

  • Two $100 tickets to the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Four additional $25 tickets to the awards ceremony and performance
  • Verbal recognition during the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Recognition on advertising, signage and other materials
  • First Peoples Fund website and social media recognition
  • Sponsorship impact report for you to share


Sharing ($2,499-1,000)

  • Four $25 tickets to awards ceremony and performance
  • Recognition on advertising, signage, and other materials
  • First Peoples Fund website and social media recognition


Rapid City Host Committee

Thank you to our Rapid City Host Committee who are generously volunteering their time and talent to make the return of the Community Spirit Awards to Rapid City a success:

  • Mayor Steve Allender, City of Rapid City
  • Shannon Brinker, Rapid City Journal
  • Tawney Brunsch, Lakota Funds
  • Malcom Chapman, Chap Group
  • Dave Emery, Black Hills Power
  • Cecilia Firethunder, Artist
  • Mark Harlow, Black Hills Occupational Medicine
  • Julie Jensen, Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kitty Kinsman, K Group
  • Dale Lamphere, Artist
  • Bruce Long Fox, Rural America Initiatives
  • Tom Lee and Cheryl Rudel, Purple Wealth
  • Jack Lynass, Black Hills Community Bank
  • Mark Lyons, Casey Peterson
  • Steve & Liz McCarthy, McCarthy Properties
  • Kristol McKie, Performing Arts Center of RC
  • Donald F. Montileaux, Artist
  • Karen Mortimer, RC Public School Foundation
  • Terry Pechota, Pechota Law
  • Brent Phillips, Regional Health
  • Marilyn Pourier
  • Gabrielle Seeley, Rapid City High School
  • Heather Wilson, SDSM&T
  • Pat & Jean Wyss, Wyss and Associates, Inc.


Minneapolis Host Committee

First Peoples Fund is grateful to our 2012-2014 Minneapolis Host Committee:

  • Marlene Helgemo, All Nations Indian Church
  • Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
  • Carole Howe, Howe Family Foundation
  • Justin Huenemann, Northwest Area Foundation
  • Art and Martha Kaemmer, HRK Foundation
  • Kelley Lindquist, Artspace
  • Mary Margaret MacMillan, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
  • Leah R. Sixkiller, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


Become a community partner

To become a partner for the Community Spirit Awards, please contact:
Anna Huntington, Development Manager
First Peoples Fund
(605) 348-0324
anna@firstpeoplesfund.org