Native Arts

The Dream Warriors Scholarship was created by a handful of young Native Artists to pass on passion by encouraging youth from our communities and all across Indian Country to pursue their artistic dreams. As working and living artists, Kelly Holmes, Mic Jordan, John and Kenn Little, Tall Paul, Frank Waln, and Tanaya Winder all believe each person has a unique gift to offer the world. These gifts can heal and bring about change. As a collective, they believe we can all help to uplift each other. In doing what they love, the artists hope to show that a career in the arts can be realistic and achievable. The Dream Warriors Scholarship encourages high school Native American / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian seniors to pursue their creative curiosities and passions by providing a scholarship geared towards these endeavors.

For more information click HERE.

The Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook is produced by the Alaska State Council on the Arts in partnership with The CIRI Foundation to assist Alaska Native artists in furthering their artistic careers.

Click HERE to view the handbook.

The 2016 FNA Potlatch & Pageants are to be held on March 19th at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Applications for Miss FNA, FNA Princess, and Baby Contest can be found at:

Miss 2015 FNA Flyer.pdf

2016 FNA Potlatch & Pageant Flyer.pdf

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) is a program established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to enhance the local art scene by retaining artists and recruiting artists to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In its second year, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) will provide between 5 and 15 fellowships in two categories: Visual Arts and Writing. Selected artists will receive an unrestricted stipend of $20,000 and in most cases, free housing and studio work space. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. Applicants must be 21 years old at the start of the fellowship.

TAF:Visual Arts  fellowships focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts, while TAF:Writing fellowships will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting. Artists and writers at any stage are strongly encouraged to apply. Fellowships are merit-based with a one year term for TAF:Visual Arts and a two year term for TAF:Writing.

The deadline to apply is March 4, 2016 and the fellowships will begin on January 9, 2017. Click here to apply.


  • First year: $20,000 plus free housing and work studio space
  • Optional Second year: $12,000 plus free housing and work studio space
  • Optional Third year: Free housing

To read more about the program and about the first class of Tulsa Artist Fellowship recipients, click here.  Fellowship selections will be announced by June 15, 2016.

For questions, contact

Announcing a new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center microsite:

Sharing Knowledge Alaska

Featuring educational videos on:

· Sewing salmon skin

· Stitching, wrapping and weaving porcupine quill

· Making Aleutian Islands bentwood hats

· Inupiaq language and culture (with lessons)

· St. Lawrence Island Yupik language and culture (with lessons)

For more information contact Dawn Biddison, Assistant Curator, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, Phone: 907-929-9208 or email


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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

January 23, 2015

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) seeks to recognize innovative American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and culture makers across the country through the 2015 NACF Artist Fellowship.

2015 NACF Artist Fellowship

The coveted national award recognizes artistic excellence and includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts.
“There are a growing number of Native artists exploring the boundaries of performing arts through multidisciplinary approaches,” said NACF Program Officer Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai and Chippewa descent). “To create an opportunity for these members of our arts community, this year we invite applications in the discipline of performing arts. We are looking forward to seeing what Native performing artists have been up to around the country!”


Monday, April 6, 5 p.m. P.S.T.

To apply, artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria and complete an application at before the April 6, 5 p.m. PST deadline.

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To date, the foundation has recognized 41 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists with the unique national award. Past fellows are ineligible for applying for the current year’s award. The foundation will announce award recipients in August 2015.For questions and technical support, contact Program Officer Andre Bouchard at andre or (360) 314-2421.
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The Alaska State Council on the Arts and The CIRI Foundation want to hear from artists living in Alaska.

A workbook to help Alaska Native and Alaskan artists accomplish their creative and business goals is currently being designed. If you are an artist living in Alaska, please help us with the workbook by completing this short survey:

By completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. For more information contact The CIRI Foundation at 907.793.3575 or toll-free 800.764.3382.

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