The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College and Artist Trust have teamed up to provide a new resource for Native artists who live in the Pacific Northwest. With funding support from the Tulalip tribes, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture and Artist Trust, we are pleased to announce the second year of the Native Creative Development Program. The Native Creative Development Program was designed by Artist Trust and the Longhouse to address the professional development needs of individual artists, such as training in marketing, supplies and materials, harvesting resources, portfolio development, apprenticeships, etc.
Successful applicants will also have an optional opportunity to participate in Artist Trust's EDGE program, which helps artists identify marketing strategies. Randy Capoeman (Quinault) Shaun Peterson (Tulalip/Puyallup) and Lisa Telford (Haida) are examples of Native artists who have participated in the Edge program in the past and have found it rewarding.
Six grants will be awarded, up to $2,000. Proposals can be for less than $2,000 (for example, you want to take a class that totals $1,700 with materials) but cannot exceed $2,000 unless you can demonstrate other funding sources to reach the total budget amount.
We ask that you submit six images of your work. These images can be in one of two formats: slides or individual JPG images on CD. Keep in mind that the quality of your images is considered when reviewing your application.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Longhouse's Native Arts Steering Committee and staff from Artist Trust. Completed applications must be received by the Longhouse on or before November 3rd, no exceptions.
Native Artist in Residence
Our Artist-in-Residence program, which brings established Native artists to tribal reservation sites and to Evergreen to train and encourage other Native artists, has impacted a wide variety of people in a myriad of ways over the past ten years.
At times, the focus of the residencies was to preserve almost-lost art forms, such as Ravenstail weaving and bentwood box-making.
Over the years, the residencies have included traditional and contemporary, as well as visual and performance arts. The first Artist-in-Residence was Bruce subiyay Miller, who conducted a six-month storytelling residency at the Skokomish Tribe.
Participants over the years have ranged in age from preschool through adult, and include artists from many tribal cultures. In 2005, the Longhouse established a partnership with Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand to fund a pilot program for Maori artists to work in residence at the Longhouse for twelve weeks each spring. Christina Hurihia Wirihana was the first Maori Artist-in-Residence to join the Longhouse for twelve weeks in the Spring of 2006. The network, and the opportunities, continue to grow.
With funding support from the Ford Foundation artist, tribes or organization across the U.S. will be able to apply for a $5,000 grant in March 2007.-->