Warren Montoya (Santa Ana Pueblo), Executive Director of The REZILIENCE Organization started REZARTX three years ago. Now, through their fiscal sponsorship with Cafe Cultura, REZILIENCE is a First Peoples Fund Our Nations’ Spaces grantee, utilizing this grant to continue creating a space for Native voices through REZARTX.
Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer whose multinational heritage (O’odham, Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music. Her song “In the River,” in response to DAPL, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, a Global Music Award, and an Honesty Oscar. Her debut album “Fight For You” released in 2017.
Raye resides in North Hollywood, California, and is a 2018 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership fellow.
Joseph Brophy Toledo (Jemez Pueblo) has served the Pueblo of Jemez in various capacities for over four decades. He works with indigenous youth groups, is an adjunct instructor for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and worked as a creative consultant for Robert Mirabal Productions. Brophy has served on the Native American Global Sports Committee and been instrumental in international indigenous projects.
His art includes pottery, painting, corn husk art, models of traditional structures, and the creation of traditional tools, weapons, and instruments.
Bluedog is a five-member blues/rock band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Initially formed in 2001 by Joni (Weston) and Eric Buffalohead, it includes their daughter Alexandra on keyboard and backup vocals, Tom Suess on bass, and Greg Mans on drums. Alexandra Buffalohead was awarded a 2018 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership program on behalf of the band.
Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side, Heidi K Brandow is a painter and printmaker. Her work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters often combined with poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Heidi is a 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow.
Hula, leis, and partners from the mainland came together to honor a culture bearer on the island of Molokai. Kanoelani Davis (Native Hawaiian) was recognized as a 2018 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award (CSA) recipient for 30-plus years of practicing, preserving, and perpetuating her culture through art.
First Peoples Fund’s Dances With Words program focuses on helping Native Youth express themselves through the written and spoken word. As a program where being thoughtful with one’s use of language is paramount, the practice of writing and speaking Lakotiyapi (the Lakota language) expands poets ability to express who they are, where they come from and what it means to share that with others.
A collaboration between Lakota Funds, First Peoples Fund, and Artspace, this 8,500-ft² Native arts and cultural center will provide not only a home-base for the work of our Rolling Rez Arts Bus mobile arts unit, but an expanded opportunity for nurturing the creative economy and arts ecosystem on the reservation.