The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce its open call for two new award programs. After a year of strategic planning and working closely with our network of artists, grantees and stakeholders, NACF moves into its second decade with SHIFT– Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts , a two-year program designed to support artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. NACF is also launching LIFT– Early Career Support for Native Artists, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects.
SHIFT is a monetary award totaling $100,000 for two years, with $50,000 of the award earmarked for the lead artist or artist collective. Up to ten projects will be selected to receive SHIFT awards.
DEADLINE: NACF is now accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the SHIFT program until Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. Notifications will be sent in late April 2021.
Download a pdf of the SHIFT open call flyer!
LIFT is a monetary award of $10,000 for a proposed project with $2,500 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and wellbeing. Up to twenty artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards.
DEADLINE: NACF is now accepting applications for the LIFT program until March 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. Notifications will be sent in late May 2021.
Download a pdf of the LIFT open call flyer.
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 September 30, 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