First Peoples Fund

Grantee:  First Peoples Fund
Location:  Rapid City, S.D.
Award:  Strengthening the Arts and Cultures Infrastructure
Discipline:  Regional Collaboration Pilot Program
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From 1999 to 2011, through comprehensive professional development training for Native artist entrepreneurs, First Peoples Fund (FPF) supported over 150 artists.

These workshops not only provide immediate assistance to participating artists, but increase the applicant pool for FPF’s fellowship programs, enabling deeper long-term business and community development impacts at the tribal level. Today, First Peoples Fund is the only Native-controlled, national organization whose sole purpose is to cultivate and strengthen First Peoples’ artist leadership, develop successful entrepreneurs and sustain arts and culture at the community level.

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