SPIRIT OF GIVING
PORTLAND, Oregon, June 23, 2021 – The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has been awarded a multi-million dollar gift in support of its mission to advance equity and cultural knowledge. A Native-led organization, NACF focuses on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social, cultural and environmental change. NACF is one of 286 high-impact organizations nationwide that received $2.7 billion in gifts from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.
“We would like to express our warmest gratitude to MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for acknowledging NACF’s work and impact in the Native arts and cultures field with this generous commitment,” says Lulani Arquette, NACF President/CEO. “We are at a pivotal moment in Indigenous communities in which creative forces are aligning for the good of all. As NACF grows our organization and programming, we believe art is a powerful force to bring about transformative change, healing and understanding.”
Thank you to our community of supporters!
NACF is grateful for gifts with commitments received from the following Foundations, Corporations and Tribes over the last quarter.
The Collins Foundation
Leon Polk Smith Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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, 2020:
Total program support
Native artists and organizations
Different states and the District of Columbia
I was taught that our arts carry the spirit of the people. It is through art that we know ourselves. It’s through art into the world and it is through art cultures will be remembered.
– Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) NACF Board Chair & U.S. Poet Laureate