NACF Announces New Programs


After a year of strategic planning and working closely with our network of artists, grantees and stakeholders, NACF moves into its second decade announcing its new and engaging programs SHIFT– Advancing Social Change and Indigenous Arts and  SHAPE – Early Career Support for Native Artists. More information on the launch of these programs to come in early 2021.

The SHIFT- Advancing Social Change and Indigenous Arts program supports artist-driven projects addressing social change, responding to social, cultural, spiritual, environmental, economic and food justice issues through a Native lens. The program focuses on efforts that are built upon community cultural assets, resilience and strengths and draw increased attention to Native communities, perspectives and challenges, shifting a national narrative of invisibility, misunderstanding and misappropriation. SHIFT provides critical resources for project development, production and presentation for the artist(s) and their collaborators. The program will consist of a suite of support services that includes financial resources, professional development, artist convening, cross-sector collaboration, community engagement, documentation, evaluation, exhibiting and presenting.

Following extensive research and strategic planning, SHIFT refocuses NACF’s programmatic efforts to embolden Native artists voices, to nurture their brilliance, to draw upon the resilience of our ancestors, to uplift the innovative spirit in our Native communities, and ultimately to foster education and healing for ourselves and our allies. NACF understands that the work of Native artists is critical to the greater contemporary arts discourse, the stewardship of our planet, and equity in our greater society. SHIFT then builds a more intensive body of support to limit constraints and provide critical time and space for the realization of the artists’ work in partnership with other critical partners. The program includes multi-year services for Native artists and cultural practitioners, allows for artists to consider more expansive projects and broad-based platforms for community engagement and presentation, while continuing to drive critical conversation on national and global issues.

The SHAPE – Early Career Support for Native Artists program will provide critical support to early career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. The program encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning making. The program will consist of a suite of activities that includes grantmaking, artist professional development, and artist convening. The primary objectives of this opportunity are to support artists who are developing their voices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.