Native Launchpad Artist Allison Akootchook Warden photo by Ambience Photography
National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $55,000 to Western Arts Alliance for Advancing Indigenous Performance. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Western Arts Alliance are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”
“We are so thrilled to have this level of support from the NEA for WAA’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Program,” said Tim Wilson, Executive Director of Western Arts Alliance. “We believe the initiative will make a lasting impact on Indigenous artists, performing arts professionals, and communities across the country.”
The Advancing Indigenous Performance Program will build capacity and networking opportunities for Indigenous performing artists (i.e. Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native American artists in the contiguous United States) through competitive grants that include mentoring aimed at career advancement; professional development; showcasing opportunities; and, travel subsidies. The project will educate arts presenting and touring professionals about the cultural origins and work of Indigenous artists, and build strategies for integrating them into mainstream presenting and touring models. In addition, the AIP Resource Center will serve as an online repository of knowledge and resources, and a mechanism for sharing information and strategies that will advance the presenting and touring of Indigenous artists.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.