Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology

In 2013 First Peoples Fund published the market study Building a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Tribal Communities. Findings from that initial report shed light on the key resources that Native artists need in order to grow as entrepreneurs and cultural leaders — credit and capital, new markets, knowledge and training, informal networks, creative space and supplies. 

The report set First Peoples Fund on a path to work strategically with artists and organizations in tribal communities to develop greater access to these critical resources. Our new report, Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology, describes the results of this strategic effort, and provides insight into how we, and others, can contribute to growing and thriving Indigenous arts ecosystems in communities across Indian country.