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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.

The national Native-led Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has produced a report sharing the work of the new organization in its first five years.

Our First Five Years

Please share a deadline reminder with the talented American Indian artists you know, applications for the NACF Regional Artist Fellowship with an award ranging up to $20,000 are due July 10.

T. Lulani ArquetteWe continue to develop our exciting new initiative in 2014 with several pilot demonstration projects in specific regions. Our new programming will be announced and launched in 2015.

As a continuation of our individual artist fellowship program, this year we are proud to offer NACF Regional Artist Fellowships.