Evergreen’s Longhouse Awards Grants to Native Artists

Olympia, Washington (ICC)

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College recently awarded its first round of national Ford Foundation IllumiNation grants to Native American artists. The center awarded 16 individual grants of up to $2,000 each in the National Native Creative Development Program. The center also awarded six grants of up to $5,000 each in the National Master Artist Initiative: Artists Teaching Artists program. Applications came from all over the United States. Ten of the recipients are from Northwest and Alaskan tribes.

The Ford Foundation has designated Evergreen’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center as a granting agency for these national grants. The Longhouse is one in a cohort of seven organizations selected to help advance the field of Native American art.*

Individual awards:

• Maile Andrade (Hawaiian) Create promotional packets for 16 Native Hawaiian artists.

• Trevino Brings Plenty (Cheyenne River Sioux) Produce an animated film and compete in national Native American film festival.

• Bobbie Bush (Chehalis) Purchase tools to create promotional materials of her work and manage database of clients, art shows, awards.

• Dale Clark (Makah) Purchase a cedar log for large scale West Coast totem project.

• Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Northern Arapaho) Purchase supplies and hire professional photographer neede for basket-weaving class for urban Indians in Kirkland, Wash.

• Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton) Purchase ventilation system and flooring for remodeling RV into personal art studio.

• Roderick Harris (Nooksack) Purchase recording studio time and equipment to produce professional music CD.

• Linley Logan (Seneca) Purchase software to develop a Native art greeting card business.

• Louisa D. McConnell (Yurok) Purchase materials needed to complete three ceremonial dresses.

• Ho-Wan-Nut Old Peter (Skokomish) Study Twana twining basketry technique with four Skokomish weavers and study the Skokomish tribal weaving collection.

• Pete Peterson, Sr. (Skokomish) Improve studio building.

• Sondra Simone Segundo (Haida) Create, publish and distribute three Native children’s books.

• Joseph Seymour, Jr. (Squaxin Island/Acoma) develop his “Eelgrass” series in glass.

• Edward Wemytewa (Zuni) Collect stories, write scripts and produce Zuni language plays.

• Will Wilson (Diné) Create an exhibition of contemporary Native North American art at the Seminole Tribe museum.

Master Artist awards

• Maile Andrade to bring Melanie Yazzie (Diné) to teach printmaking techniques to Native Hawaiian artists.

• Peg Deam (Suquamish) to teach Suquamish weavers how to make cedar bark regalia.

• Institute of American Indian Arts to bring Preston Singletary (Tlingit) for week-long residency on glass for students, faculty and staff.

• Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Tewa Pueblo) With Dax Thomas (Leguna/Acoma Pueblo) to work at Santa Clara with four Native youth on Common Ground film project.

• Teri Rofkar (Tlingit) to teach spruce root harvesting and weaving to artists in Yakutat and Cordova, Alaska.

• Tonawanda Seneca Nation to bring in Linley Logan (Seneca) to teach a week-long linoleum relief printmaking workshop for tribal members.

About The Longhouse

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College exists to provide service and hospitality to students, the college, and the surrounding Native communities. With a design based in the Northwest Indigenous Nations’ philosophy of hospitality, its primary functions are to provide a gathering place for hosting cultural ceremonies, classes, conferences, performances, art exhibits and community events.

The Longhouse provides the opportunity to build a bridge of understanding between the regions’ tribes and visitors of all cultures. The primary public service work of the Longhouse is to promote Indigenous arts and culture.

For more information:
www.evergreen.edu/longhouse .

About the Ford Foundation and IllumiNation

The Ford Foundation is an independent nonprofit grant-making organization based in New York with offices across the globe. It serves as a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

IllumiNation is a $1.9 million program established by the Ford Foundation to strengthen Indigenous arts and cultures throughout the United States. Acknowledging that art and the creative process are essential to the continuing development of Native American culture, the program will, among other things, offer support to Indigenous artists and performers, encourage entrepreneurship and help build networks between individuals and organizations across the country

Under the program, a select number of arts organizations have been awarded two-year grants of up to $250,000 that are then disseminated to individual artists, community groups and institutions. The seven Ford grantees participating in the program have created a national support network for the contemporary Native American arts community. Through the program, they have sustained artists and organizations in communities across the country, supported cultural creativity and self-determination and exposed the larger arts community to Native American perspectives.

On The Net:
www.fordfound.org .

* Other Ford Foundation IllumiNation

cohort members include:

American Composers Forum

Eiteljorg Museum

First Peoples Fund

National Museum of the American
Indian Office of External Affairs

New England Foundation for the Arts

Seventh Generation Fund
www.7genfund.org .