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 April 15 to July 15, 2019. 


3. APPLY

Full applications are mailed to the artist/nominee and nominator after nominations close July 15, 2019 and are due back to First Peoples Fund together by August 31, 2019. Awards are decided by November, 2019.


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/ 


 

ARTIST IN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP

First Peoples Fund supports Native artists to grow their arts business through a  one-year, self-directed program. Selected artists can use their funding for  technical support, professional training, and working capital they need to start or grow a thriving arts business.

 

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 30, 2019

SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: By November 30, 2019

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. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

A completed Artists in Business Leadership application includes:

  1. Application - Please note that Section III: About the Artist can be completed in a written format with the application or by submitting a video responding to the questions. Please review the application for more details.
  2. Work Plan & Budget

      3. Supporting Documents:

  • Proof of Tribal Affiliation
  • Two Letters of Reference (Examples: Business or Community Reference; Current mentor)
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume
  • Marketing / Promotional Samples (OPTIONAL) - limit 3 examples.
  • Up to 10 but at least 5 examples of your most recent artwork.

                       VISUAL ARTISTS: Digital photos must be in jpeg format. We strongly recommend submitting high quality 

                                photos that capture the details of your art.)

                       PERFORMING ARTISTS: You may upload videos or music files or a PDF listing links to videos.

                       LITERARY ARTS: You may upload samples and excerpts of your writing.

  • Descriptions of your artwork. (This document should include the following description for each artwork example: a) Title; b) Medium; c) Dimensions (if applicable); d) Year Created.)
  • One high-quality photograph of yourself, either a professional headshot or a clear picture of your performing/creating your art medium.

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 amber@firstpeoplesfund.org, or visit our website at www.firstpeoplesfund.org

 

CULTURAL CAPITAL FELLOWSHIP

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-$10,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 30, 2019

SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: By November 30, 2019

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. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

A completed Cultural Capital application includes:

  1. Application - Please note that Section III: About the Artist can be completed in a written format with the application or by submitting a video responding to the questions. Please review the application for more details.
  2. Work Plan & Budget

      3.  Supporting Documents:

  • Proof of Tribal Affiliation
  • Two Letters of Reference (Examples: Business or Community Reference; Current mentor)
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume
  • Marketing / Promotional Samples (OPTIONAL) - limit 3 examples.
  • Up to 10 but at least 5 examples of your most recent artwork.

                      VISUAL ARTISTS: Digital photos must be in JPEG format. We strongly recommend submitting high quality    

                            photos that capture the details of your art.)

                      PERFORMING ARTISTS: You may upload videos or music files or a PDF listing links to videos.

                      LITERARY ARTS: You may upload samples and excerpts of your writing.

  • Descriptions of your artwork. (This document should include the following description for each artwork example: a) Title; b) Medium; c) Dimensions (if applicable); d) Year Created.)
  • One high-quality photograph of yourself, either a professional headshot or a clear picture of your performing/creating your art medium.

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 amber@firstpeoplesfund.org, or visit our website at www.firstpeoplesfund.org 

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