A Native artist, entrepreneur, and thought leader is creating a space for the next generation in one of the world’s top 50 most-visited tourist attractions. Louie Gong (Nooksack) is literally and figuratively opening new doors for his work and for other artists through his Eighth Generation brand, First Peoples Fund program Our Nations’ Spaces, and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at the Evergreen State College.
Rapid City, SD (October 31, 2016) – First Peoples Fund is pleased to announce a 3-year, $600,000 grant award from the Surdna Foundation. The grant will support First Peoples Fund’s work in Native communities across the country with artists, culture bearers, Native Community Development Financial Institutions and other community development organizations to build Indigenous arts economies.
“We appreciate the continued support of the Surdna Foundation,” said Sherry Salway Black, Chair of First Peoples Fund’s Board of Directors. “Over the past three years, Surdna has helped us build the capacity of community-based organizations that support Native artists to develop businesses and grow their leadership skills. We look forward to continuing this important partnership that puts art and culture at the forefront of asset-building strategies in Native communities.”
The Surdna Foundation is based in New York City and seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
First Peoples Fund is a Rapid City-based organization that supports and honors the power of art and culture to create positive change in Native communities, beginning with Native artists and their families.