Fellowship Programs

The Foundation awards national and regional fellowships to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists. Visit current grant opportunities and open calls to learn more about current opportunities.

National Artist

Since 2011, the NACF has supported artists whose innovative and multifaceted approaches to literature, dance, visual arts, film, storytelling, music, and traditional arts strengthen culture, foster creativity and economic opportunity, and impact issues of social progress, environmental sustainability, and cultural equity.

Mentor Artist

We honor mentor and apprentice artists by facilitating the intergenerational transfer of cultural knowledge and artistic skill in traditional and contemporary visual arts.

Community Inspiration Program

To support Native and tribal artist-led projects that engage communities to address issues of social, cultural, and environmental importance, the foundation offers the Community Inspiration Program.

Visit current grant opportunities and open calls to learn more about current opportunities for Native communities and organizations.

Advocacy and Education Initiatives

As catalysts for cultural equity, we promote the work of our fellows and artist projects, produce issue-oriented presentations, panels, publications and workshops, and sponsor efforts that further intercultural enrichment.

We collaborate with Native organizations and all others whose mission supports increased awareness and appreciation of tribal or Native arts and culture in any arts discipline.

Visit our blog or sign up for our e-newsletter to learn more about our year-round work to educate and advocate for Native arts and cultures.