A self-taught traditional basket weaver, April Stone has been researching, practicing, and teaching the endangered art of Black-Ash weaving for over two decades.
OREGON NATIVE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
The NACF Oregon Native Artist Fellowship (ONAF), allows for a Native visual artist to produce work over the course of one year to address issues impacting their community. ONAF responds to these challenges by offering financial, evaluation, documentation and communications support to the artist’s project related to environmental preservation, equity and cultural empowerment. In the current national and international political climate, there are calls from all corners for more direct action to address the serious issues that affect the lives of Native peoples in their respective Nations. Through the greater mobilization of Native artistic voices in Oregon, the ONAF seeks to contribute to deliberation and problem solving around these challenges.
The goal is for my art to lend itself as new texts, with new histories, and new manifestations, to add to the discussion of complex racial narratives that are critical to further realizing the self, the nation, and necessarily, our shared experiences and histories.
—Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc and Klamath Tribes)
Thank you to our initiative partners!
The Native Arts and Cultures foundation is grateful to the Ford Family Foundation for their support of the Oregon Native Artist Fellowship program and the growth of creative practices by Indigenous visual artists of Oregon.