2014 NACF Artist Fellowships Awarded

Native Arts And Cultures Foundation Awards Fellowships To 16 Artists In 10 States

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – From a national call for entries to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships to 16 Native artists residing in 10 states.

Each year, the Native-led arts foundation awards fellowships to recognize exceptional Native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts. This year, the foundation awarded $220,000 to support individual artists through 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per artist.

“It is our honor to present a dynamic new cohort of NACF Artist Fellows for 2014,” said former NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). “Native artists are taking leadership in addressing critical issues across the country and act as catalysts for change in our communities. The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits.”

2014 NACF Artist Fellows:

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship
Raven Chacon (Navajo), Albuquerque, N.M., Music Fellowship
Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee), Muskogee, Okla., Literature Fellowship
Kaili Chun (Native Hawaiian), Honolulu, Visual Arts Fellowship
Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Syracuse, N.Y., Literature Fellowship
Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), Indian Island, Maine, Traditional Arts Fellowship
Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Tulsa, Okla., Traditional Arts Fellowship
Melissa Henry (Navajo), Rehoboth, N.M., Film Fellowship
Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship
Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna), Los Angeles, Film Fellowship
Patrick Makuakāne (Native Hawaiian), San Francisco, Dance Fellowship
Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa-Santa Clara Pueblo), Espanola, N.M., Visual Arts Fellowship
Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N’ishga), Fairbanks, Alaska, Visual Arts Fellowship
Israel Shotridge (Tlingit), Vashon, Wash., Traditional Arts Fellowship
Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Polson, Mont., Film Fellowship
David Treuer (Ojibwe), Claremont, Calif., Literature Fellowship

Since 2010, the foundation has supported 85 Native artists and organizations in 22 states, awarding $1,602,000 in assistance. The generosity of arts patrons, the Ford Foundation and Native Nations allows the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to support the vibrant arts and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples nationwide. To read more about the talented 2014 NACF Artist Fellows, visit: www.nativeartsandcultures.org.

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January 23, 2015

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