Designed to help us deepen our work in communities beyond grants to individual artists and culture bearers, our Indigenous Arts Ecology (IAE) grant helps Native nonprofit organizations, including Native Community Development Financial Institutions, (NCDFIs) better support Native artists in their communities. Through coaching, training and funding, First Peoples Fund provides our IAE grantees with the tools identify opportunities for partnering with artists, which in turn also increases grantees’ clientele and impact. This grant is by invitation only.

In 2018 we published a report detailing the results of our work with Indigenous Arts Ecology grantees, Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology. This report builds off of what we learned from our 2013 market study, Establishing a Creative Economy: Native Arts as an Economic Engine.

What is the Indigenous Arts Ecology?

First Peoples Fund defines the Indigenous Arts Ecology as a relationship-based, collective system of arts ecosystems, grounded in ancestral knowledge and inclusive of environments, spirit, people and lifeways.

Indigenous Arts Ecosystems are the local or regional communities of individuals, formal and informal networks, resources, cultural infrastructure, organizations and business that interact as a system and provide support to Indigenous artists and culture bearers. These ecosystems are led by artists and culture bearers whose art and lives embody the values, traditions and aspirations of their communities.

These concepts inform our Indigenous Arts Ecology grant, encouraging organizations to reach beyond how artists drive creative economies and emphasizing their value to the wider fabric of Indigenous communities, environments and traditions.

Meet the Grantees

2018

Four Bands Community Fund

Kawerak, Inc.

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

An artist at a market put on in Four Bands Community Fund’s community of Eagle Butte, SD.

An artist at a market put on in Four Bands Community Fund’s community of Eagle Butte, SD.

Northwest Native Development Fund hosted on First Peoples Fund Native Artist Professional Development training to local Native artists interested in strengthening their arts business.

Northwest Native Development Fund hosted on First Peoples Fund Native Artist Professional Development training to local Native artists interested in strengthening their arts business.