About The Program
The Native Arts Enrichment and Expansion program purposes to enrich, enhance, and expand traditional and contemporary Native arts knowledge and skills at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and the communities that they serve. Grants provide the opportunity at TCUs for the transfer of intergenerational artistic skills and cultural knowledge. TCUs are cultural hubs for their respective communities and will provide the opportunity for students and community members to learn and expand their knowledge of traditional and contemporary Native arts through instruction from master artists and apprentices.
Native Arts Curriculum Development Grants:
Blackfeet Community College
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University
Oglala Lakota College
Salish Kootenai College
Sinte Gleska University
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Stone Child College
Community Based Learning and Sharing Grants:
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
College of Menominee Nation
Fort Peck Community College
Leech Lake Tribal College
Navajo Technical University
Northwest Indian College
Red Lake Nation College
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Tohono O'odham Community College
Turtle Mountain Community College
United Tribes Technical College
White Earth Tribal and Community College
Sinte Gleska University’s high school equivalency students become grounded in their cultural identities as they lead community engagement efforts through Native Arts workshops.
Diné film and TV director Blackhorse Lowe met with the College Fund to speak about what it means to be an Indigenous director. Lowe grew up on the Navajo Nation hearing traditional and family stories and watching movies–lots of movies, which influenced his path on becoming a film and TV director.
SIPI Drawing Workshop Taps into Native Philosophies of Awareness in Art, Native Identity, Sacredness, and Value
The warm smell of burning firewood wafted around us as we stepped out of the car. The cool still morning and chirping birds greeted us as we entered the building of the Ancestral Rich Treasures of Zuni (ARTZ) which houses silver and turquoise jewelry and is adorned with colorful paintings all created by Zuni artists.
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) transitioned from holding in-person classes and community events to closing their campuses, instead offering academic courses online or through distance learning. Community programming and events were canceled or postponed, greatly impacting TCUs, students, and the communities they serve.
To help TCUs during the transition, seven TCUs were awarded Distance Learning Grants. Each had a different approach on how they would continue to provide Native Arts programming while keeping their students and community members safe. Each explored how they were going to bring people together while keeping them safely apart.