2015 Community Spirit Awards Call for Nominations – July 1, 2014 Deadline!

Drum made by Artisan Arnold Herrera (Pueblo de Cochiti)

Drum made by Artisan Arnold Herrera (Pueblo de Cochiti)

$7,500 is Given to Receipients to “Practice Their Art”

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Community Spirit Awards is a national fellowship award for American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian artists. First Peoples Fund chooses honorees for their commitment to sustaining the cultural values of native people.

The process of bringing spirit back to community is an important responsibility for artists – it is part of a sacred honor system. First Peoples Fund works to strengthen that honor system by recognizing these exceptional artists for knowing themselves, honoring others, and sustaining spirit in their own communities.

Nominees must be:

  • Practicing artists of demonstrated maturity in their field.
  • Continually practicing artists for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Documented affiliate of a United States tribe. (Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian artists included)

Note: In addition to Visual Arts, First Peoples recognizes contemporary and traditional forms of Performing Arts and Literary Arts.

Fellowships will be awarded to artists who demonstrate:

  • An artistic practice that passes on the traditions and the life ways of the people.
  • A commitment to building the strength of native communities by sharing their skills and talents with others in their respective communities; and
  • Deeply rooted and maintain direct ties to their tribal community.

Nomination Procedure:

  • Nominate online at www.firstpeoplesfund.org or send a postcard to include complete names and addresses of both nominee and nominator to
    • PO Box 2977
    • Rapid City, South Dakota  57709


  • Nominated candidates must be from an American Indian community.
  • Applications will be mailed out after nomination deadline has passed.

Selection Process and Expectations:

  • A national selection committee will review nominees and select awardees from those that meet the outlined qualifications.

Fellowship recipients will receive $7,500 designed to give them the opportunity to “practice their art.”


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