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.

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My auntie taught me what she had learned from her grandmother. She gave me her songs, the rules about how to make things and the prayers that go along with them. These are things I hold really dear to me, they were handed down from my ancestors. First Peoples Fund helped me connect the dots from there. They let me see that artwork is something you can do as a career, something you can do to support your family. First Peoples Fund helped me make my dreams a reality.
— Lauren Good Day (Arikara/Hidatsa/Blackfeet/Plains Cree)


FELLOWSHIPS

Support for Native American, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists’ creative, entrepreneurial and community minded aspirations.

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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.


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