First Peoples Fund offers offers professional development training programs for emerging and seasoned artists, and the nonprofit organizations and Native Community Development Financial Institutions who can partner with them in realizing their personal and professional dreams.

Get training for yourself and your staff—or offer a training program for your community. Through our Professional Development Training Programs, help others achieve their transformational potential, build capacity alongside other community members, and position artists for business success. When artists thrive, so do communities.

First Peoples Fund offers two training programs:

  • The Native Artist Professional Development Training gives artists real-world tools and detailed resources to navigate the arts industry and become successful entrepreneurs. The training is intended for emerging and seasoned artists alike.
  • Community-based Certifications, such as train the trainer, offer training for seasoned artists and staff at NCDFIs and nonprofits wishing to build capacity locally for ongoing community training and development. Participants who go through the three-day session are prepared to conduct professional artist development trainings in their communities.

Our training programs give Native artists the tools and support they need to manage entrepreneurial businesses in order to achieve economic success and grow as leaders in their tribal communities. Our curriculum begins by helping artists express their own vision and Indigenous values, including generosity, wisdom, respect, integrity, strength, fortitude and humility. These ultimately become the foundation of their businesses.

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For more information, please contact Jeremy Staab ( or Brandie Macdonald ( at (605) 348-0324.