The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation advances equity and cultural knowledge, with a focus on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change within American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native communities in the United States.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its LIFT - Early Career Support for Native Artists program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000, as well as professional development and convening opportunities, will be awarded to early-career Native artists to develop and realize new projects. The program encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning making. The primary objectives of this opportunity are to support artists who are developing their voices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.
The program is open to individual practicing artist working in the disciplines of dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts or 2D + 3D visual arts.
To be eligible, applicants must be age 18 or older; be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry (applicants will be asked to provide documentation of their Native citizenship or ancestry); and have ten years or less experience (early career may be defined as an artist who is between 18 and 30 years old, or who is more than 30 years old, but who started their arts career later in life).
See the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.