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First Peoples Fund


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The Fund is accepting nominations for the Community Spirit Award, which recognizes American Indian artists who have made substantial contributions to their communities. The award will honor four individuals with $5,000 fellowships. Recipients must demonstrate acts of community spirit through art. The Fund defines “community spirit” as an expression that speaks of the unselfish generosity and reciprocated love these artists have for their Indian community. The same spirit that guides artists’ work also drives them to do service in their communities. Artist recipients must demonstrate deep roots and ties to their tribal community. They must have a commitment to building the strength of native communities by sharing their skills and talents with others in their respective communities. And they must exhibit an artistic practice that passes on the traditions and the life ways of their people. Nominated artists must be practicing artist of demonstrated maturity in their field; continually practicing as an artist for a minimum of 10 years; and be a documented affiliate of a United States tribe. In addition to the visual arts, the Fund has expanded its definition of practicing artists to include contemporary and traditional forms of performing and literary arts. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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