Bethany Yellowtail (Northern Cheyenne/Crow) has a problem on her hands, and it's a good one.
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.
This month First Peoples Fund and partners Lakota Funds and Artspace broke ground on Oglala Lakota Artspace, an 8,500-square-foot Native arts and cultural center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The $2.75 million construction is scheduled for completion in late 2019 and will include individual artist studios, shared workspace for group collaborations, a recording and sound studio, a classroom for art classes and business trainings, commercial space, a storefront for Lakota Federal Credit Union and more.
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Pine Ridge: “Reclaiming Our Way of Knowing” engaged Native and non-Native artists, educators, activists and changemakers in two days of immersive cultural experiences that included ceremony, artistic practice, workshops, and roundtable discussions. REMAP unpacked how Lakota people are re-visioning education methods rooted in Lakota culture and as stewards of our homelands while drawing parallels to other communities’ ideas and innovations towards centering heritage-led education practices.
A collaboration between Lakota Funds, First Peoples Fund, and Artspace, this 8,500-ft² Native arts and cultural center will provide not only a home-base for the work of our Rolling Rez Arts Bus mobile arts unit, but an expanded opportunity for nurturing the creative economy and arts ecosystem on the reservation.