Native Artists Grant Programs

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The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center recognizes the importance of supporting the arts at the sourceby supporting artists themselves. Each year, the Longhouse issues a call for grant proposals for Native artists living in Washington and Oregon. Since 2006, Native artists working in a variety of media have been awarded funding to create new work, gain skills, acquire tools and materials, pass along cultural knowledge, and much more.

 
The 2016 Native Creative Development Grant cycle is now open! 
Download the 2016 application and guidelines in Word, or view as a PDF

(Application is due by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016). 
 

Applicants must be American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian residing in Washington or Oregon. Grant applications for all forms of visual, performance-based arts, media and literary arts from $2,500 to $5,000 are accepted.

The Native Creative Development Program was designed to address the professional development needs of individual artists, such as purchasing supplies and materials, harvesting resources, portfolio development, apprenticeships, workshop fees, training in marketing, teaching a workshop, etc.


 

 

 

Questions about the grant and application process can be directed to Erin Genia: (360) 867-6718, geniae@evergreen.edu or Laura Grabhorn: (360) 867-6413, grabhorl@evergreen.edu.

Read the "Tips for a Competitive Grant Application" document here.

 

View Past Grant Winners:

Regional Grant Programs

Longhouse Native Creative Development Program 2006 Winners (PDF)

The Native Creative Development Program Application (Word | PDF)
Sample Budget (Word | PDF)

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.

Questions? Contact
Longhouse director
Tina Kuckkahn
(360) 867-5344

Assistant director
Laura Grabhorn
(360) 867-6413

Heather Joy
1-866-21TRUST
heatherjoy@artisttrust.org .

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.

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