NACF to Receive $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

DATE:   May 9, 2018

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to Receive $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

[Vancouver, WA]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) for the 2018 National Artist Fellows Convening. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in Vancouver, WA, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Convening Description:

The 2018 National Artist Fellows Convening is a knowledge and community building opportunity for approximately 25 American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native artists recognized this year as NACF’s  2018 National Artist Fellows for their artistic skill, demonstrated community engagement, and commitment to addressing Native identity through visual arts, traditional arts, music, literature, film, dance, or other art forms.

The program provides a singular cross-disciplinary experience for these artists to learn from each other and about each other’s practice during three days of guided conversation and sharing, in addition to participation in professional development sessions and informal networking with regional and national-level arts administrators and funders in September 2018, in Portland, Oregon.

A formal Honoring Dinner will also take place during the event, celebrating the 2018 Fellows and showcasing performing arts; this invitation-only event encourages community connections and goodwill.

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