The First Peoples Fund's Artist in Business Leadership program is designed to help Native American artists develop their marketing and business skills and establish self-sustaining arts-based businesses.
This business arts fellowship program is a one-year self-directed program providing individualized professional development training and working capital funds to strengthen participants' marketing strategies. The fellowship also provides a focus on new work to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.
Artists are selected for the program based on demonstrated artistic talent, evidence of entrepreneurial experience and potential, and adherence to the values of the First Peoples Fund. Applicants must have experience in marketing their art at Indian art markets and galleries.
Applicants must be members of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Western Dakota of Minnesota, Nebraska, the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon, or Washington; a tribe from the Great Lakes Region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin; a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states; or an Alaskan tribe. Affiliated Canadian First Nations artist applicants are also eligible.