Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance wins $20,000 grant

By Ramona du Houx - November 6th, 2010 · 

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recently awarded its first grants to 26 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations. This year’s recipients include a Maine Native arts and cultural organization. The $20,000 grant will support the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance’s community based programming, in Old Town.

The NACF, incorporated in 2007, is a permanently endowed national organization dedicated exclusively to the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures. This is the first year the Foundation has awarded grants. The year’s total grant allocation is $394,319, with grant sizes ranging from $7,000 to $20,000.

“It’s the NACF’s mission to provide financial support to artists and organizations to help our Native cultures flourish,” said Lulani Arquette, president and chief executive officer of the NACF. “We look forward to creating opportunities to emphasize the shared values of Native communities, and to receiving applications next year from artists and organizations in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. After years of planning, it’s thrilling to embark on our journey to strengthen Native arts and cultures. The arts have always played a significant role in Native cultures, and are a powerful path for connecting one generation to the next.”

To learn more about the NACF and to find out more about all of the grants awarded across the United States, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org. Receive the free e-newsletter by sending an email to info@nativeartsandcultures.org and become a fan of the organization on Facebook.