OUR SHORT STORY
Rooted in the values of generosity and humility, respect and fortitude, First Peoples Fund supports Native artists from diverse traditions and disciplines to embrace their roles as culture bearers, entrepreneurs and leaders of change. Founded in 1995, we are guided by our belief in Collective Spirit® — that which moves each one of us to stand up and make a difference, to pass on ancestral knowledge and simply extend a hand of generosity.
Learn how First Peoples Fund supports the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, beginning with individual artists and their families.
Support for Native American, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists’ creative, entrepreneurial and community minded aspirations.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARDS
Honoring Native culture bearers and tradition keepers.
INDIGENOUS ARTS ECOLOGY
Professional development workshops, regrants and capacity building support for community partners.
ROLLING REZ ARTS
Mobile arts classroom and alternative bank on Pine Ridge Reservation in partnership with Lakota Federal Credit Union and Artspace Projects.
DANCES WITH WORDS
Spoken word poetry and youth leadership development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
INTERCULTURAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
A shared initiative pursuing cultural equity and supporting artists, culture bearers, and other arts professionals as change-makers in their communities.