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.
J. Waylon Miller (Northern Cheyenne) started playing in bands when he was 12 years old. One of his former bands, The Reddmen, gained nationwide popularity that included one of his songs being featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy.
He attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Science’s Master Recording Program and has recorded pop, rock, and Native American artists.
Laura Youngbird (Minnesota Chippewa, Grand Portage Band) is an artist and art educator. She earned her BS, BFA, and MA from Minnesota State University at Moorhead with a minor in American Indian Studies. Laura currently lives in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and is the Director of Native American Art at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota.
A lifelong learner, Bernice Akamine (Native Hawaiian) pursued a career in art later in life than many artists. She chose to raise a family, then return to school. She studied at the University of Hawai’i where she rediscovered art and chose to attend the Natural Resource Management Masters Program at Central Washington University, and the Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts.
Born on the Island of Maui, two-time Grammy Award nominee and eight-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson (Native Hawaiian) grew up on the slopes of Haleakala. Jeff has worked with a wide range of artists and groups in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. Jeff is a 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow.
David Moses Bridges became part of the First Peoples Fund family in 2007 when he was nominated as a Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award honoree. Although he passed away in 2017 his legacy of commitment to First Peoples artists and culture bearers continues through the David Moses Bridges Scholarship, a fund that will support a First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital fellow every year.
Tosa Gladys Two Heart (Lakota) was taught to keep her Lakota values with her wherever she went. She joined the First Peoples Fund staff earlier this Month as a Program Manager and works closely with Jeremy Staab (Santee Sioux), supporting the Indigenous Arts Ecology (IAE) grant program as it continues to develop and grow.