Will Wilson is a photographer whose imagery deals with complex environmental and social issues, Native identity, and the juxtapositions of the past, present, and future.
The only way to get change is not through the courts or—heaven forbid—the politicians, but through a change of human consciousness and through a change of heart. Only through the arts […] can we really reach each other.
― Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo)
EMPOWERMENT, ACTION, LIBERATION
The SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program supports artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic 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 invaluable resources for project development, production and presentation for the artists and their collaborators.
Following extensive research and strategic planning, SHIFT refocuses NACF’s programmatic efforts to embolden Native artists and stakeholder 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 lift constraints and provide crucial time and space for the realization of the artists’ work in partnership with other collaborators.
The program includes multi-year services for Native artists, cultural practitioners, and community partners, and allows for artists to consider more expansive projects and broad-based platforms for community engagement and presentation, while continuing to drive essential conversation on national and global issues.
We encourage artists who have experience developing projects that are focused on engaging communities and the public to address community issues; building upon community strengths; and partnering with organizations to develop and present the work to apply.
Click here for more information about the SHIFT program’s eligibility, application process, criteria, and FAQ.
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation is grateful for the generosity of our growing circle of supporters. Thank you to the following in support of our national programs this year:
The Collins Foundation
Cotyledon Fund, Ford Foundation
Leon Polk Smith Foundation
MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett
Open Society Foundation
Rainbow Pineapple Foundation
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.
2021 SHIFT AWARDEES
Michael Begay is a Navajo composer of chamber music, experimental sound, Native American flute, and metal music. Raven Chacon works at the crossroads of contemporary classical music, visual art and installation, using conceptual graphic scores that underpin his compositions.