The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is excited to announce the new 2023 LIFT ? Early Career Support for Native Artists program awardees!
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is excited to announce the new 2023 LIFT ? Early Career Support for Native Artists program awardees!
Over 63 artist applications were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals and peers with expertise in various artistic disciplines following a national open call for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artist applicants. Fifteen artists were selected to receive a $10,000 one-year award designed to support them in furthering their work and to serve as a launching point in their career.
The LIFT ? Early Career Support for Native Artists program provides early career Native artists with professional development, marketing support, culturally appropriate evaluation, and a $10,000 award to develop and realize new projects. Support for burgeoning artists is critical in developing fresh voices and envisioning the future of our respective Native practices. In addition, LIFT encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning-making.
"These artists show courage and commitment to developing innovative artistic practices that strengthen communities and tell powerful stories to create connections, deepen understandings, and counteract historical injustices." ? Laura (Cales) Matalka (Chickasaw) Associate Director of Programs
Selected artists for the LIFT 2023 awards are as follows:
Oscar will create two forms of Yup'ik fancy parkas to share with community members and feature in fashion shows across North America.
Kootswatewa's project will revitalize the ancestral Puebloan technique of yucca cordage weaving.
"Land Back : Fire Back" is a visual storytelling of Pacific Northwest Indigenous fire-practitioners' Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that will open conversations around the meaning of land rematriation and land defense.
"Down Road 264" is a journey of memories and healing in a matrilineal culture through a collection of mixed media art and poetry.
"The Eternal Village and the Chilkat River" is a photographic exploration that examines the symbiotic relationship the Chilkat Tlingit Village of Klukwan has had with the Chilkat River for thousands of years.
"Weaving Angels" will be an immersive installation combining printmaking, woven materials and carved wood blocks that will serve as a symbol of community, cultural survival, and resistance against assimilation.
"Illuminated" will consist of twelve large-scale oil portraits of tribal members from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
A collaborative multimedia performance that will center Native Hawaiian and Filipino Indigenous methodologies and concepts.
NACF is grateful to the Maxwell | Hanrahan Foundation, and The Rasmuson Foundation for their support of the LIFT - Early Career Support for Native Artists program.
About the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States. To learn more about the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org.
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