OUR WORK INCLUDES
Grants and Awards
We invest in the success and development of our FPF family of artists and culture bearers. Through financial grants and awards directly to artists and organizations, FPF supports the sustainability of their work and deepens their impact.
Mentorship and Training Programs
FPF offers coaching, training and technical assistance opportunities to artists to help strengthen their knowledge and capacity to thrive in their practice. It is critical that artists and culture bearers have access to tools, mentors and professional development opportunities that help them achieve their goals.
Community and Youth Development Programs
Our community and youth development programs support Indigenous Arts Ecology by supporting young people beginning to explore and learn art and cultural expressions and supporting community members in learning and carrying on their art forms. Through our programs, we work with community partners and local community members to teach cultural and entrepreneurial practices, deepen artistic and cultural identity and increase their access to financial resources in their communities.
National Research and Initiatives
First Peoples Fund initiates and conducts critical research projects to help advance knowledge and understanding of Native artists and culture bearers within the broader field. Indigenous methods and approaches to artistic expression and practice are extremely valuable. However, the mainstream art sector has not historically embraced much of this knowledge and practice. We aim to further advance our Indigenous artists and culture bearers as national change makers, catalyzers of positive social change and essential knowledge holders for the world.
Culture Bearers are artist elders in their community who restore, reclaim and hold ancestral tribal knowledge and continue to practice and carry forward cultural art forms, beliefs and traditions. Their forms of expression quietly and selflessly sustain our ancestors' wisdom, beauty, and resilience in our contemporary lives. They help us heal our people, our communities, and Grandmother Earth. Their knowledge and ways of knowing are essential to understanding how to remain in balance and in relationship with all that is around us and in us.
Collective Spirit moves each of us to stand up and make a difference, to pass on ancestral knowledge and to extend a hand of generosity. Collective Spirit is a commitment to nuture our shared humanity and honor our connection to one another, the lands around us, those who came before us and the spirit of all things.