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First Peoples Fund Case Study

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how First Peoples Fund harnesses the power of art and culture to bring about positive change.

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EXCERPT FROM FIRST PEOPLES FUND CASE STUDY

First Peoples Fund set out more than 20 years ago to devise an approach that empowers Native artists to be culture bearers and leaders of social change in their communities. Today, First Peoples Fund empowers Lakota, Dakota, Nakota and Ojibwe artists, as well as artists from across Indian Country, through a combination of financial support, mentoring and entrepreneurship opportunities.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

First Peoples Fund teaches Native artists how to build upon their core cultural values and rich artistic traditions to drive greater support for their work and inspire emerging artists to take the next step toward building a sustainable business. First Peoples Fund Fellows pay it forward by mentoring and teaching the next generation of creative talent.

WIDENING IMPACT THROUGH NATIONAL NETWORKS

Through regional and national networks, First Peoples Fund supports artists across the country and unites a community of creative practitioners who encourage one another, improve the economic vitality of artists and inspire confidence in those who celebrate Native culture.

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