News & Events

Over the last four years, I have had the honor to serve as the first Program Director at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Nora and Eliza Naranjo Morse. Photo by
Craig Smith courtesy of the Heard Museum Native American Artists Resource Collection.

Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo-Tewa) is a 2014 NACF Visual Arts Fellow. In her fellowship year, she is presenting a performance piece with her daughter Eliza for the 5 x 5 exhibition. The duo will engage a neighborhood of southwest Washington D.C. through public art for the next five weeks.

With the support of an NACF Artist Fellowship, Raven Chacon (Navajo) is producing boundary-pushing music, prepping for a West Coast tour, releasing two new recordings in the next month and teaching next generations.

“The fellowship allowed me to produce several recordings,” said Chacon, whose runs the indie label Sicksicksick Distro when he’s not teaching, playing in one of six bands or working on his next solo piece. “I’m very grateful, the support has allowed me opportunities to tour and to invest time on projects. It’s allowed me to collaborate and each project leads to progress with another.”

From the President/CEO

This year, we have awarded NACF Artist Fellowships to two Alaska Native Artists, Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N'ishgaa) and Israel Shotridge (Tlingit). The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a proud supporter of the traveling Alaska Native art exhibition, "This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists," currently on view in Montana after we helped bring it to Portland, part of Illuminations, a city-wide collaboration celebrating Alaska Native Art.

Works by Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N'ishga) are traveling across North America, sharing the 2014 NACF Visual Arts Fellow's perspectives on each generation's role in passing culture to next generations.

The Artist Alone with His Thoughts by Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit)

Engraved Silver Bracelet by Israel Shotridge

Carved silver bracelet by Israel Shotridge (Tlingit, 2014 NACF Traditional Arts Fellow)

In June, Washington carver Israel Shotridge (Tlingit) debuted new works featuring his designs engraved in silver work, a medium he was able to explore further with the support of a 2014 NACF Artist Fellowship for Traditional Arts.