Transforming Community

Through Native Arts


The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is a Native-led, 501(c)3 philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures in the United States.


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


Connected-SAND Unless we make a conscious effort to bolster our Indigenous arts and link our elders with emerging Native artists, those voices will 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.


The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation believes that Native arts and cultures:

  • Bring a valuable perspective to contemporary life;
  • Inspiring healing within Indigenous communities, among Native peoples, and the larger population;
  • Provoke thought, spark discussion, explore solutions and add a vital contribution to our communities and world.

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 July 31, 2016:

connected  SUPPORT

Your gift lifts up the voices of Native artists to help create a equitable and inspired world.

Your donation recognizes Native creativity, strengthens the arts field, and supports cultural continuity for generations of Native artists and culturebearers – before this knowledge is lost.