Art and culture is how humanity makes sense of and shares the world around us. Art gives voice to our fears, our dreams and it invites others to know us and to know themselves.
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
Unless we make a conscious effort to bolster our Indigenous arts and link our elders with emerging Native artists, those voices can be lost.
When we lose a generation of artists and culture bearers, we lose a generation of deep wisdom and young people are left without roots from which to draw life and hope.
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, 2016:
Total program support
Native artists and organizations
Different states and the District of Columbia
Lift up the voices of Native artists to help create a more inclusive, prosperous, healthy and inspired world.
Honor millennia of First People’s arts and cultures, while encouraging the talents and vision of today’s artists.
The unique histories and perspectives of First Peoples and the transformative power of Native art is something to be honored and uplifted. That is why I have personally and professionally supported the mission of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation for many years. Their work has helped dozens of artists deepen their creative vision, celebrate their culture and share fresh and meaningful perspectives of the world.
—Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes (1938-2015), Donor and Collector of Native Arts, Oregon