BECOME A COMMUNITY PARTNER

Honor and celebrate exceptional American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan artists across the United States by becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Your commitment to this celebration of Native artists and artistry ensures that we can continue to honor culture bearers across the country who embody the Collective Spirit® by preserving and sustaining centuries-long traditions deep within their tribal communities.

About the Community Spirit Awards
This October, four Indigenous artists will receive the Community Spirit Award, joining 76 other artists who have received the honor since the program’s inception. In addition, six artists who were honored in 2013 at ceremonies in their tribal communities will participate in the evening celebration at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The celebration consists of an awards ceremony interwoven with fully-produced performances by Native artists.

Why sponsorship is critical
Money raised through the Community Spirit Awards supports fellowships and grants, professional development, and business coaching programs that directly benefit our culture bearers who are passing on their ancestral knowledge in their communities.


Sponsorship Levels
Knowing ($10,000)

  • Six $100 tickets to the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Eight additional $25 tickets to the awards ceremony and performance
  • Logo on sign at the event
  • Logo on advertising, signage and other materials
  • Logo in The Cowles Center commemorative program
  • Logo on The Cowles Center and First Peoples Fund websites
  • Verbal recognition during the pre-show reception


Honoring ($5,000)

  • Five $100 tickets to the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Four additional $25 tickets to the awards ceremony and performance
  • Logo on sign at the event
  • Logo on advertising, signage and other materials
  • Logo in The Cowles Center commemorative program
  • Logo on The Cowles Center and First Peoples Fund websites


Sharing ($500-1,000)

  • Two $100 tickets to the pre-show reception, awards ceremony and performance
  • Acknowledgment in commemorative program


Host committee
Thank you to our host committee who are volunteering their time and talent:

  • 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:
Lori Pourier, President
First Peoples Fund
(605) 348-0324
lori@firstpeoplesfund.org