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Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Announces 2023 Lift Program Awardees

We are excited to announce the new 2023 LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program awardees!

LIFT encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning-making.

Chords to Other Chords (Relative)

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation is excited to partner with Converge 45 to present Chords to Other Chords (Relative), a monumental neon sculpture by Portland-based, Seneca Nation artist Marie Watt.

Open exhibit hours are Fridays, from 4pm to 7pm at the Center for Native Arts and Cultures.

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Being a member is one of the best ways to help us advance our growing impact – supporting the power of art and storytelling, and investing in Native artists and culture bearers.

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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:

Total program support
Total awards
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

News, Updates & Events

NACF Announces 2023 LIFT Program Awardees

PORTLAND, Oregon, September 13, 2023 – The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is excited to announce the new 2023 LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program awardees!…

Introducing Community Tours

While NACF has always been headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, our roots in the Oregon community have been expanding through our new national headquarters at the Center for Native Arts…

Support for Maui

At the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, our hearts are heavy with the news of the lives that have been lost and the devastating wildfires that have destroyed Lahaina town…
Header (top of page) – Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc and Klamath Tribes), Richard D. York (Cherokee Nation), Ursala Hudson (Tlingit), ShanDien Sonwai LaRance (Hopi, Tewa, Navajo and Assinaboine) performing, Monica Jo Raphael (Anishinaabe-Sicangu Lakota), Olivia Komahcheet (Comanche/Otoe) performing, Nani Chacon (Diné), Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) performingKapa image courtesy of Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Christopher K. Morgan (Native Hawaiian) & Aaron Sala (Native Hawaiian) performing 
Divider (mid-page) – Brenda Mallory (Cherokee)