Call for Session Proposals

THEME: Native Artists and Culture Bearers Raising Indigenous Voices for Social Change
DATES: September 14 – 17, 2022, most sessions to take place Sept 15-16th
LOCATION: Hilton Portland, 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 and surrounding venues
  • Proposals Due: DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 1, 2022 at 5:00pm Pacific Time
  • Notifications: Starting Early July 2022

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s (NACF) The Constellations That Guide Us conference committee invites session proposals for the 2022 National Native Arts Gathering to be held in Portland, Oregon, September 14-17, 2022.

NACF is now accepting proposals for sessions that support the conference theme and uplift Native artists’ voices as leaders in social change efforts. Priority will be given to submissions that center the voices of Native artists and cultural bearers, and are solution-focused around issues in Native communities. High consideration will also be given to organizations whose work is centered around arts and cultures.


As we face uncertainty in the world around us, we look to our Native artistic voices and creative minds to lead, inspire, and ground us. Like constellations, they are guiding lights that foster our deep and sacred connection to the Earth: they remind us of our humanity, the power of dreams, and the beauty of humor. Their contributions, ideas, and solutions around the pressing issues affecting the lives of many Native peoples in their homelands and as global citizens are vital to our future.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is honored to host The Constellations That Guide Us: A National Native Arts Gathering, from September 14-17, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. We are excited to welcome the Native arts community for a multi-day, in-person gathering that seeks to center the voices of our artists and culture bearers and provide an opportunity to come together in community for the first time in over two years. Attendees will experience numerous plenaries, artist presentations, learning sessions, networking opportunities, and a closing night celebration at the new Center for Native Arts and Cultures.


At this time, NACF is requiring that attendees show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna, or the first dose of Johnson & Johnson) or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the event. We will also accept proof of a negative COVID 19-antigen rapid test upon arrival – tests will be available at the event check-in. You will be asked to agree to this safety protocol when you register for the event online, and to show documentation at check-in.

To ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing, NACF will monitor CDC guidelines and COVID trends and may update its vaccination and testing requirements as needed. Attendees will be notified of any changes.


  • Sessions will take place in meeting rooms at the Hilton Portland and each session will be attended by up to fifty (50) registered conference attendees.
  • Sessions must include at least one practicing Native artist and/or cultural bearer.
  • Sessions may include and are not limited to, a panel discussion, lecture, hands-on workshop, or demonstration.
  • All session proposals must respond to the theme of the conference “Native Artists and Culture Bearers Raising Indigenous Voices for Social Change,” and fit into one of the following focus areas:
    • Native Artists and/or Culture Bearers at the Forefront of Land, Climate, and Environmental Justice Movements
    • Cultural Preservation, Revitalization, and Protection through Native Arts and Culture
    • Using Arts and Culture to Shape Identity, Representation, and Perceptions of Native Peoples
    • Native Arts and Culture as a Pathway Towards Healing and Well-Being
    • Other: we are open to considering other emerging trends and topics that impact the Native arts and cultures sector
  • All presenters must register for the conference. Each accepted workshop proposal will receive complimentary conference registrations for up to three (3) individual artist presenters with the option to register for one day (the day of their session) or for the full duration of the conference. Organizations are not eligible for complimentary registration. Registration will open in Spring 2022. 


  • NACF staff will review each submission for criteria and completeness, and then invite peers and professionals in the Native arts field to review and make recommendations for final selection. Up to thirty proposals will be selected.
  • Notifications will be sent via email starting early July 2022.


  • NACF will provide special accommodations upon request to ensure that the conference is accessible and inclusive.
  • If accepted, the lead contact for each session proposal will be required to attend up to three planning calls with NACF prior to the event to discuss contracting, content, and logistics.
  • If you are an organization, we encourage you to support your artist presenters’ travel costs to attend the convening.
  • You may submit more than one proposal. Please complete a separate online form for each session proposal.

Please contact Barbara Mumby Huerta, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, at if you have questions regarding the content of your submission.

For technical support, email or reach out to Laura (Cales) Matalka, Program Manager, at or 360-334-7285.