Bridge Initiative: Arts + Health

This opportunity is now closed

NACF Advisory Board Member, Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) said, “Art is a powerful medicine for the world.”  In this spirit, NACF, through the support of a generous California donor, announce the 2013 NACF Bridge Initiative: Art + Health.

This initiative invites tribal entities, nonprofit organizations, and Native programs, in California only, to propose projects impacting health and vitality in Native communities with a focus on Native youth.  Health is defined as physical, mental and/or social well-being.  Artists and/or arts organizations would ideally partner with health care or wellness partners to implement a project impacting the youth of their community. Key to successful projects is the integration of arts and culture in creating community well-being and the engagement of Native youth and the community in the artist's work. Eligible projects would be those in which the artist's work or activities serve as an interface for community participation. Examples of outcomes could be strengthening individual and community health, drawing attention to an important issue, or engaging community members to think about health in new ways.

NACF invites Letters of Inquiry

Deadline: January 18, 2013

Letters of Inquiry:

  • The opportunity is open to California only.
  • This is a matching grant award up to $10,000 (1:1 match). The match may include up to 50% in-kind services.
  • Letters of inquiry for proposed projects should be no longer than 4 pages with the first page to be a cover naming the artist and/or organization, contact person, email, phone number and fiscal agent assuming management for the project.
  • (1) Identify the organization providing an overview of its work.
  • (2) Identify the artist(s) also providing an overview of the work.
  • (3) Describe the proposed project, the community it serves, its intended impact, and its anticipated outcomes.  
  • Preference will be given to community projects involving Native youth, public art projects, and media projects integrating health and art.
  • Projects should take place between March 1 and October 30, 2013.

Approved projects will be invited to apply by January 31, 2013.

All LOI's and questions should be sent to:

Reuben Roqueñi, Program Director, email

or mail: Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Bridge Initiative, 11109 NE 14th St, Vancouver, WA 98684