Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Announces Open Call for 2022 Emerging Artist Support Program | News

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce its open call for the LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects. The program’s focus is to provide financial support and professional development to artists whose work aims to uplift communities and advance positive social change.

Eligible applicants must be individual Native artists working in dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, or 2D + 3D visual arts. Artist applicant must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry. We encourage applications from artists who are shaping their practices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.

“We celebrate the creative spirit of Native artists whose explorations foster our understanding of the profound change around us, offering new ways of seeing what is possible, what is ethical, and what is needed.”

Reuben Roqueñi – NACF Director of Transformative Change Programs

LIFT is a monetary award of up to $10,000 for a proposed project with a required minimum of $3,000 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and wellbeing. Up to twenty artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards. For a full description of the award, eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit The deadline to submit the online application form for LIFT is Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Support for the LIFT program is made possible in part by the Leon Polk Smith Foundation and the Maxwell | Hanrahan Foundation.                            

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. The Foundation has distributed over 570 awards to Native artists and arts organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia since 2009. To learn more about NACF visit

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Media Contact

Gabriella Tagliacozzo, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, +1 (360) 334-7259, [email protected]


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