The arts and cultures of the diverse indigenous people in this country are powerful, beautiful, and growing, and offer perspectives that inspire creative solutions to some of our nation’s most difficult collective challenges.
I was taught that our arts carry the spirit of the people. It is through art that we know ourselves. It’s through art that we will go forward into the world and it is through art that our cultures will be remembered.
—Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) Poet and Musician, Oklahoma
Upholding our Values through Arts and Cultures
We are forever grateful to the Native nations and tribes, foundations, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals who have so generously enabled the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to provide the following assistance as of December 31, 2017:
Total program support
Native artists and organizations
Different states and the District of Columbia
The work of NACF continues to be incredibly significant to creating true equity for Native artists. The organization values not just the work of Native Artists, but their sense of community and approaches to gathering and art making. The transformative, lasting impact of NACF’s work is difficult to measure, as the catalysts are true catalysts for many things to come.
— Christopher K. Morgan, Native Hawaiian, National Artist Fellow