Art and culture is how humanity makes sense of and shares the world around us. Art gives voice to our fears, our dreams and it invites others to know us and to know themselves.
I was taught that our arts carry the spirit of the people. It is through art that we know ourselves. It’s through art that we will go forward into the world and it is through art that our cultures will be remembered.
—Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) Poet and Musician, Oklahoma
Unless we make a conscious effort to bolster our Indigenous arts and link our elders with emerging Native artists, those voices can be lost.
When we lose a generation of artists and culture bearers, we lose a generation of deep wisdom and young people are left without roots from which to draw life and hope.
We are forever grateful to the Native nations and tribes, foundations, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals who have so generously enabled the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to provide the following assistance as of June 30, 2017:
Total program support
Native artists and organizations
Different states and the District of Columbia
Lift up the voices of Native artists to help create a more inclusive, prosperous, healthy and inspired world.
The work of NACF continues to be incredibly significant to creating true equity for Native artists. The organization values not just the work of Native Artists, but their sense of community and approaches to gathering and art making. The transformative, lasting impact of NACF’s work is difficult to measure, as the catalysts are true catalysts for many things to come.
— 2016 National Artist Fellow