Advertising and Public Service Announcements

The American Indian College Fund, through a longtime pro-bono partnership with international advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, works to create awareness and increase American Indian access to higher education with public service announcements. Wieden+Kennedy is known for its award-winning work for clients such as Nike and Coca-Cola.

At the center of the College Fund’s new campaign is a staggering statistic—less than 1 percent of college students are American Indian. The College Fund joined forces with longtime partner, Portland-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, to create a public service announcement to increase enrollment.

  • The campaign shows how to help more American Indians go to college.


Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the College Fund, said, “We are in the business of ensuring that American Indian students are able to use modern tools to build better societies in their communities and in the United States. A college education is a critical tool we can help students access. Our new campaign bridges the traditional world of the students we serve with that of contemporary society, in a respectful way to Native cultures while giving the public a glimpse of our students. Startling statistics deserve a creative approach to drive the message home. We are particularly appreciative of our long relationship with Wieden+Kennedy that resulted in this exciting and beautiful campaign.”

The campaign includes a 30-second animated television spot from director Chel White and Bent Imagine Lab. Inspired by Native beadwork, the film uses stop-motion and computer-generated rendering of beads in motion. Music was provided by rock artist Neil Young.

“We wanted to take a modern approach to traditional American Indian beadwork,” said Patty Orlando, Art Director at Wieden+Kennedy. “We spent a lot of time looking at the incredible photo-realist bead pieces created by Marcus Amerman (a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and American Indian college graduate) and were immediately drawn to his complex and visually striking imagery.”

Amerman created American Indian student portraits for the print campaign. Each portrait features more than 18,000 tiny beads hand-stitched by the artist. The beadwork in the television, print, and digital campaign works to raise awareness for the College Fund. The campaign includes the new tagline “Education is the answer” to inspire people to help American Indian college students get a college education.

Wieden+Kennedy has supported the College Fund for more than 20 years, lending its cutting-edge-creativity to generate awareness about the importance of education for health and prosperity for American Indians, their families, and communities. The PSAs it has created for the College Fund have appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times MagazineHarper’s, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Comcast, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, and National Geographic channel.

The American Indian College Fund accepts donations of advertising time and space.

Please direct advertising inquiries to (303) 426-8900.