It will be coast to coast travels for artist Jhane Myers (Comanche/ Blackfeet) this holiday season. Myers, who hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico, is at the outset of a four-gallery-show run that will take her from Santa Fe to Washington this winter.
Beadwork artist. Indian corn maker. Storyteller. Culture bearer. Veteran of two wars. 2019 Community Spirit Award Honoree. In all of these roles, George Martin (Lac Courtes Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians) has been a steward of his people’s culture. The CSA honoring for George was held at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. People in George’s community, along with tribal leadership, FPF staff, and FPF board members, Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne / Mescalero Apache) and Kalima Rose, gathered to celebrate George. “He’s an upholder of Anishinabe lifeways, culture, and tradition,” Bird says.
Making space for artists in conversations about Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and capacity building for communities nationwide, First Peoples Fund was excited to take part in the 4th Annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening. Tosa Two Heart (Oglala Lakota), First Peoples Fund Program Manager of Community Development, presented reports and models from our Indigenous Arts Ecology program at the convening as part of a panel of presenters that included Vicky Holt Takamine (Native Hawaiian), Duncan Ka’ohu Seto (Native Hawaiian), and Liz Takamori (Native Hawaiian).
First Peoples Fund (FPF), in partnership with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Bush Foundation, HRK Foundation, Johnson Scholarship Foundation, and Northwest Area Foundation, hosted a roundtable discussion this month. Titled Within, Together, Collective, the day was part of an ongoing conversation around the idea that now is the opportune time to thoughtfully deepen our collective efforts and investments in Native communities. Several intersecting bodies of research discussed throughout the day illustrated the urgency for, and challenges in, creating a more equitable future in which Native communities are not left out.
The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards recognizes exceptional Native artists who have shown a lifetime commitment to perpetuating their art and sharing it within their communities. These practicing artists embody First Peoples Fund’s core principles: knowing our history and ourselves; honoring our ancestors and relations; sharing our stories and knowledge.
We are honored to announce the four recipients of the 2019 Community Spirit Awards.
We are excited to welcome a dynamic cohort into our fellowship programs for 2019. The variety of art mediums they practice show the incredible range of Native arts and the depth of Indigenous talent found across the country.