The 2018 Fellows Convening took place at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with 15 Artist in Business Leadership Fellows and 10 Cultural Capital Fellows in this year’s cohort.
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.
The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards (CSA) recognizes exceptional artists who have shown a lifetime commitment to perpetuating their art and sharing it within their communities. These practicing artists embody the Collective Spirit®, and are nominated for the award by members of their communities. Meet this year's artists.
Matilda “Tillie” Wilson has made traditional Atsugewi Indian Baby Baskets for fifteen years. A member of the Hat Creek Atsugewi Band of the Pit River Tribe, she was born in Redding, California and raised in Central Valley (now incorporated as Shasta Lake City). She has 30 years of work experience in education, health management systems, contract health service and health clinic transportation, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.