Ends on July 31, 2017


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. 

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

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

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. 

Full applications are mailed to the artist/nominee and nominator after nominations close July 31, 2017 and are due back to First Peoples Fund together by October 30, 2017


For more information, please call Jessica Miller at (605) 348-0324 or email at jessica@firstpeoplesfund.org.

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