JENNIFER EASTON COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARDS


Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards are national awards for established artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists and their commitment to sustaining the cultural values of Native people. Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists who embody the Collective Spirit®—that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. 

Nominate an artist and culture bearer from your community by filling out the form below. Nominators tend to be students, mentees, colleagues, and tribal elders who have recognized these exceptional artists for knowing themselves, honoring others, and sustaining spirit in their own communities. 

AWARD AMOUNT: $7,500

To nominate an artist, please follow these three easy steps:

1. IDENTIFY

Identify an artist who you feel exemplifies the spirit of this award — and contact the artist to confirm their interest in the award.


2. NOMINATE

Briefly write the contributions the artist has made to his or her community in the form below. Nominations are accepted from January to the end of July. 


3. APPLY

Full applications are mailed to the artist/nominee and nominator after nominations close August 15, 2018 and are due back to First Peoples Fund together by September 30, 2018


QUESTIONS?

For more information, please call First Peoples Fund at (605) 348-0324 or email at info@firstpeoplesfund.org. For more information about the award, visit http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/community-spirit-awards/ 


NATIVE ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS FOR ARTS BUSINESS INITIATIVES

First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists who want to strengthen their business skills through our Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship Program. In this one-year, self-directed program, artists get the technical support, professional training, and working capital they seek to start or grow a thriving arts business.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: By December 1, 2018

ELIGIBILITY 

Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM 

First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership fellowship doesn’t just help artists grow a business – it inspires them to fully honor their cultural creativity and grow the impact it has on their People.  

Since 2004, First Peoples Fund has welcomed more than 100 artists – from photographers to painters, hip-hop artists to basket weavers --- to the program. They have gained access to not only our vast network of artists and strategic partners, but also to new market opportunities.

Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to support specific entrepreneurial initiatives that will enhance their business and contribute to a consistent and reliable income for themselves and their families.

2019 FELLOWSHIPS

First Peoples Fund is excited to announce new developments in our fellowship programs beginning in 2018.

We will continue our national programs with funding priorities to deepen our work in the following tribal communities: Akwasasne, Zuni Pueblo, Colville, Pine Ridge, Blackfeet, Red Lake, Citizen Potawatomi, Hawai’i, Bering Strait Region, and Cheyenne River.

We are also excited about expanding our ABL and CC fellowships into the Southwest region.

We extend a special invitation to Native performing artists from ALL states to apply for the fellowship programs. Performing artists from most traditional and contemporary art forms are encouraged to apply, including musicians, hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, dancers and performance groups emphasizing cultural tourism and/or sharing and teaching others within their communities.

APPLICATION PROCESS

A completed Artists in Business Leadership application includes:

•    Application

•    Budget and Workplan (Please note the budget and workplan should be developed with a January 1, 2019 start date in mind)

          – Download the form to complete at http://bit.ly/workplan_budget_2019

          – Refer to the Workplan & Budget Guide at http://bit.ly/Budget_Workplan_Guide

•    Supporting Documents:

  1. Artist Statement
  2. Resume
  3. Proof of Tribal Affiliation
  4. Two Letters of Reference (Examples: Business or Community Reference; Current mentor)
  5. Recent Examples of your Current Marketing and Promotional Materials or website - limit 3 examples.
  6. Up to 10 but at least 5 examples of your most recent artwork. 
    1. VISUAL ARTISTS: Digital photos must be in jpeg format. We strongly recommend submitting high quality photos that capture the details of your art.) 
    2. PERFORMING ARTISTS: You may upload videos or music files or a PDF listing links to videos.
    3. LITERARY ARTS: You may upload samples and excerpts of your writing.
  7. Descriptions of your artwork. (For example a WORD doc describing each digital image sent.)
  8. 1 high-quality photograph of yourself, either a professional head shot or a clear picture of your performing/creating your art medium.

Attachments may be in WORD or PDF format only. Images should be in JPEG format only.

GOT QUESTIONS?

Want to discuss how you can apply for a Artist in Business Leadership fellowship? Call the Program Manager of Fellowships at (605) 348-0324, email at info@firstpeoplesfund.org, or visit our website at www.firstpeoplesfund.org

NATIVE ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS TO SUSTAIN THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF A COMMUNITY.

It is critical that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed on from one generation to the next. Through First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship Program, culture bearers in tribal communities receive financial and technical support to further their important work.

The program's purpose is to strengthen the Collective Spirit® of those artists who perpetuate generosity, wisdom, and integrity in their communities. The fellowships are designed for artists and culture bearers who are deeply rooted in their communities and are committed to passing on ancestral knowledge and cultural practices within their tribal communities.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: By December 1, 2018

ELIGIBILITY 

Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

2019 FELLOWSHIPS

First Peoples Fund is excited to announce new developments in our fellowship programs.

We will continue our national programs with funding priorities to deepen our work in the following tribal communities: Akwasasne, Zuni Pueblo, Colville, Pine Ridge, Blackfeet, Red Lake, Citizen Potawatomi, Hawai’i, Bering Strait Region, and Cheyenne River.

We are also excited about expanding our ABL and CC fellowships into the Southwest region.

We extend a special invitation to Native performing artists from ALL states to apply for the fellowship programs. Performing artists from most traditional and contemporary art forms are encouraged to apply, including musicians, hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, dancers and performance groups emphasizing cultural tourism and/or sharing and teaching others within their communities.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM 

Artists in First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital fellowship strengthen the Collective Spirit® -- which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community.

Throughout this one-year program, fellows are offered tools, resources and capital to build on their own one-of-a-kind cultural contributions while also uncovering previously unrealized cultural potential.

With over 50 Cultural Capital artist alumni, grant recipients have access to a large network of artists on the local and national levels. Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to offer artists an opportunity to delve deeper into their art – sharing their artistry with all who want to learn.

APPLICATION PROCESS

A completed Cultural Capital application includes:

•    Application

•    Work Plan & Budget 

          – Download the form to complete at http://bit.ly/workplan_budget_2019 

          – Refer to guide for Workplan and Budget at http://bit.ly/Budget_Workplan_Guide

•    Supporting Documents:

  1. Artist Statement
  2. Resume
  3. Proof of Tribal Affiliation
  4. Two Letters of Reference (Examples: Business or Community Reference; Current mentor)
  5. Recent Examples of your Current Marketing and Promotional Materials or website - limit 3 examples.
  6. Up to 10 but at least 5 examples of your most recent artwork. 
  7. VISUAL ARTISTS: Digital photos must be in jpeg format. We strongly recommend submitting high quality photos that capture the details of your art.) 
  8. PERFORMING ARTISTS: You may upload videos or music files or a PDF listing links to videos.
  9. LITERARY ARTS: You may upload samples and excerpts of your writing.
  10. Descriptions of your artwork. (For example a WORD doc describing each digital image sent.)
  11. 1 high-quality photograph of yourself, either a professional head shot or a clear picture of your performing/creating your art medium.

Attachments may be in WORD or PDF format only. Images should be in JPEG format only.

GOT QUESTIONS?

Want to discuss how you can apply for a Cultural Capital fellowship? Call the Program Manager for Fellowships at (605) 348-0324, email  info@firstpeoplesfund.org, or visit our website at www.firstpeoplesfund.org

First Peoples Fund