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VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation recently announced two monetary award opportunities for Native artists aiming to advance their communities and spur social change.

A Vancouver, Washington-based nonprofit promoting American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian arts and culture, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is now accepting letters of interest for its LIFT and SHIFT programs. 

The LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program will award $10,000 each to up to 20 Native artists who are at an early stage of their careers. The awards will fund one-year projects focused on empowering communities and driving social transformation. 

The program is open to individual artists in the following categories: dance/choreography, fiction and poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, and 2-D and 3-D visual arts.

The SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program awards are open to artists in the same categories, but both individual artists and Native art collectives are eligible. 

With SHIFT, the Foundation will provide a total of $100,000 for up to 10 community-driven projects addressing social, environmental or economic justice issues from an Indigenous perspective. 

The deadline for the LIFT and SHIFT applications is Tuesday, March 16.

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