Through our years of work partnering Native artists with successful entrepreneurs and financial institutions, we’ve learned—and seen—that innovative, groundbreaking things happen when people work together. That’s why we began a collaboration with four Native Community Development Financial Institutions in 2010 to create a training program that would carefully and intentionally mold artists into skilled entrepreneurs poised for personal and business success, and also equip financial and arts professionals with the skills they desire to work with these artists.
Since 2010, we have been offering training programs in communities across the country. Our dedicated team of artist and business success coaches at First Peoples Fund, would like to work with you to build capacity so that you can serve this cultural sector. We see this as critical to both long-term professional development of artists as well as the economic development potential for your community.
First Peoples Fund offers a number of training options:
When you hold our training programs, you get the support of our team to ensure your training is successful. We will:
Financial institutions, arts organizations and Native artists across the country have realized both personal and professional growth as a result of our programs—and are today contributing to thriving arts communities in their hometown. Perhaps David Fleming, the founder of LaPointe Financial in Wisconsin, who has participated in our programs, says it best:
“First Peoples Fund gives us in-depth knowledge. Native entrepreneurs have different challenges than most, and we look to FPF to help us work through those issues. Our portfolio of Native artists starting businesses—and being successful professionally—has grown exponentially as a result of our partnership.”
Costs vary between $7,500–10,000. Grants are available in some parts of the country to offset costs.
Contact us to get started
Want to discuss how you can bring our professional training programs to your community? Call Jeremy Staab at (605) 348-0324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.