CALL FOR 2018 FELLOWS
Through our Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships, First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists and culture bearers to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next.
Applications for 2018 fellowships are now open and are due October 31, 2017. Selection notification is by December 1, 2017 with fellowships starting January 2018.
First Peoples Fund is excited to announce new developments in our fellowship programs beginning in 2018.
We will continue our national programs with funding priorities to deepen our work in the following tribal communities: Colville, Pine Ridge, Blackfeet, Red Lake, Citizen Potawatomi, Hawai’i, Bering Strait Regional Corporation, and Cheyenne River.
We are also excited about expanding our Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital fellowships into the Southwest region.
We extend a special invitation to Native performing artists from ALL states to apply for the fellowship programs. Performing artists from most traditional and contemporary art forms are encouraged to apply, including musicians, hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, dancers and performance groups emphasizing cultural tourism and/or sharing and teaching others within their communities.
Twenty to twenty-five artists are selected annually for First Peoples Fund's one-year fellowship programs. Fellows receive $5,000 project grants, technical support and professional training to start or grow a thriving arts business and to further their important work in their communities.
Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.
WHICH FELLOWSHIP IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The program's purpose is to develop independent, satisfied, and credible Native artist entrepreneurs who are generous in spirit. The fellowship supports artists to pursue specific arts business development goals for themselves and their families. Artists should have attended a Native Artists Professional Development workshop and/or have at least two years of experience marketing, distributing and/or presenting their art.
The program's purpose is to strengthen the Collective Spirit® of those artists who perpetuate generosity, wisdom, and integrity in their communities. The fellowships are designed for artists and culture bearers who are deeply rooted in their communities and are committed to passing on ancestral knowledge and cultural practices within their tribal communities.