Native Arts Enrichment and Expansion

2020-2023

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 and Culture Preservation Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

A Time for Change and Innovation – Native Arts and Distance Learning  

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.  

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Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) hosted a Native Arts convening in Seattle, Washington in September, 2018. Seven program Administrators of the Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge Grant participated in the Native Arts convening  from the College of Menominee Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull College and United Tribes Technical College.

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

In the fall of 2017, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) hosted a series of traditional Native Arts workshops that relied heavily on the surrounding environment for source materials to help produce a woven cedar mat.  Using local resources and materials to create and revitalize traditional Native art forms is the essence of place-based education in the arts.

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Grantees

Thank you to our Grantees for supporting this program.

Native Arts Curriculum Development Grants:

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Stone Child College

Diné College

Diné College

Salish Kootenai College

Community Based Learning and Sharing Grants:

Iḷisaġvik College

Northwest Indian College

Red Lake Nation College

How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.