In our work to support the projects and visions of contemporary Native artists and culture bearers, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) faces two major obstacles.
Diverse Yet Invisible
The Native peoples of the United States are complex and numerous, and such intricacy leads to inaccurate generalizations which then impede visibility. Invisibility is deeply rooted in post-colonial legacies of systematic cultural suppression, poor socioeconomic conditions, and historic generational trauma. Real appreciation of First Peoples comes with deeper understanding of the complexity and diversity of more than 560 distinct Native Nations in the United States, and an appreciation of the specific nuances which impact their cultural production.
At the time NACF was formed to increase support to Native arts and cultures, overall philanthropy towards the arts had declined. Nationally, only 4% of all charitable giving reaches arts, cultures and humanities in the United States – and lower still is the portion which reaches Native peoples: less than .02%. We look to you – our supporters – to help us increase the funds available to and reaching today’s most creative, talented and community-oriented Native artists, through making a financial gift to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.