A photograph from a group of Native artists in a professional development workshop.

Native Artist
Professional Development

We offer two-day (8 hours per day) workshops in communities everywhere, designed to give artists real-world tools and detailed resources to navigate the arts industry and become successful entrepreneurs.

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About NAPD

We provide outreach and marketing support, experienced trainers and curriculum and class materials, while you provide the venue. Our program helps artists achieve their transformational potential, build capacity alongside fellow community members, and position themselves for business success.

Together we create more opportunities for artist entrepreneurs.

OLA Artist-In-Residency living room with a gray couch and tv mounted to the wall.
OLA Artist-In-Residency bedroom - a double bed against a wall with a window.
OLA Artist-In-Residency kitchen with wood cabinets and modern appliances.

NAPD Training Options

native artist professional development training

Our two-day program is designed for artists at any stage of entrepreneurship by providing knowledge, tools, and confidence to navigate professional careers. Our values-based education recognizes the business of art and expression as cultural leadership, helping artists actualize their vision of success.

community-based certifications

Our program also certifies participants as Native Arts Professional Development trainers, suitable for financial and non-profit professionals looking to work with artists, as well as artists aspiring to become mentors. The program offers expertise to artists interested in starting or growing a business.

Anna Brown Ehlers (Tlingit) 2001 Community Spirit Award Honoree

Our Trainers

Our trainers come from all over the country and represent professional artists and entrepreneurs, including musicians, visual artists, business owners, and load officers. They are dedicated to supporting an Indigenous Arts Ecology that fosters thriving artists, communities, and cultures.

Questions About NAPD?

Are you interested in attending a training near you or learning more about hosting a workshop in your own tribal community? Explore the possibilities of gaining valuable skills and contributing to your community's growth and development. Reach out to us at programs@firstpeoplesfund.org

Upcoming NAPD Events