Native Arts and Cultures Basis Publicizes New SHIFT Program Awardees for 2021 | Information

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Native Arts and Cultures Basis (NACF) is happy to announce the primary cohort of the SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program awardees. Following a nationwide open name for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, purposes have been reviewed by a panel of arts professionals in a number of areas of experience. Fifteen tasks have been chosen to obtain a $100,000 two-year award designed to assist artists and group tasks responding to social, environmental and financial justice points to attract elevated consideration to Native communities.

The SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program supplies multi-year companies for Native artists and cultural practitioners to work on expansive tasks for group engagement and presentation in collaboration with companion organizations. “Addressing a collective sense of urgency in these instances, these SHIFT tasks elevate Indigenous lifeways in empowering communities and offering platforms for important conversations concerning the state of the world,” says Reuben Roqueñi, Director of Transformative Change Packages.

Chosen artists for the SHIFT 2021 (listed by focus space):


  • Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) in partnership with Cornerstone Theater Firm. FastHorse’s D/N/Lakota Challenge is a socially engaged efficiency venture that mixes participatory analysis with theater-making, inviting group contributors to share private tales and civic and social considerations.
  • Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron Clan) in partnership with Weisman Artwork Museum. Simas’ venture she who lives on the street to warfare is an immersive set up and efficiency venture responding to the lack of hope and life our communities have skilled throughout the twin pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19.


  • Anna Hoover (Unangax̂ [Aleut]) in partnership with Native Peoples Motion Group Fund. Hoover’s Voices of the Land venture is an Indigenous justice documentary movie grounded in place, tradition, and Alaska Native methods of life.
  • Will Wilson (Citizen of the Navajo Nation) in partnership with Diné School. Wilson’s venture Reframing Indigenous Remediation: Uranium on Dinétah will deal with the legacy of uranium extraction and processing on the Navajo Nation.


  • Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick (Kanaka ʻŌiwi) in partnership with Pu’uhonua Society. Broderick’s venture ʻAi Pōhaku, Stone Eaters is a bunch exhibition centered on an intergenerational cohort of latest Native Hawaiian artists addressing advanced historic and present-day problems with Native Hawaiian self-determination.
  • Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) in partnership with New York Dwell Arts. Johnson’s venture Being Future Being is a dance efficiency/course of which asks audiences to think about tales with the facility to maintain a world that should start once more.
  • Moses Items (Kānaka Maoli) in partnership with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Items’ venture KII A LOAA is a site-specific expertise to reclaim essential areas in Honolulu by creating “digital monuments.”
  • New Purple Order (artist collective) in partnership with Artistic Time. New Purple Order’s venture Give It Again is the enactment and long-term growth of an Indigenous-led motion and group house to repatriate land again to Indigenous peoples in New York Metropolis and worldwide.
  • Postcommodity (artist collective) in partnership with the College of Arkansas, College of Artwork. Postcommodity’s venture Cosmovisión is a musical instrument carried out by 4 folks concurrently utilizing joystick controllers, interactive video, and sound to co-determine relationships between land, group, and worldview.


  • Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli) in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications. Lacy’s venture The Queen’s Flowers is a whimsical, animated brief movie designed to provide Indigenous Hawaiian youngsters an entertaining and empowering option to entry their historical past.
  • Lily Hope (Tlingit) in partnership with Goldbelt Heritage Basis. Hope’s venture Defending the Materials Sovereignty of Our Indigenous Homelands will present mentorship to a number of weavers by means of intergenerational analysis, documentation, and advocacy instantly addressing indigenous land sovereignty.
  • Raiatea Helm (Kanaka Maoli) in partnership with Kealakai Heart for Pacific Strings. Helm’s venture A Legacy of Hawaiian Track and String will discover the music of late Nineteenth-century composer and musical prodigy Mekia Kealakai whereas spreading the message of the colonial theft of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
  • Sabra Kauka (Native Hawaiian) in partnership with Backyard Island Arts Council and Nationwide Tropical Botanical Backyard. Kauka’s venture E Ho’omau (to perpetuate) will give attention to the artwork of Kapa and botanical dyes by designing and creating costumes for 20 ladies and ten males in a halau (hula college) for his or her participation in Merrie Monarch, the world’s premier hula pageant.


  • Raven Chacon (Diné) + Michael Begay (Tribal Member of the Diné Nation) in partnership with the Grand Canyon Music Pageant. Chacon and Begay will mentor youth within the Native American Composer Apprentice Challenge to assist, promote, and amplify younger inventive voices on the Navajo and Hopi Nations.
  • Stephen Qacung Blanchett (Yup’ik) in partnership with Outdated Harbor Alliance. Blanchett’s venture Cuumillat’stun – Like Our Ancestors will develop a sequence of workshops to strengthen Sugpiaq/Alutiiq drumming and dancing, fostering the event of a brand new era of composers and choreographers throughout the seven communities that reside on Kodiak Island.

Native Arts & Cultures Basis is grateful for the generosity of our rising circle of supporters. Thanks to the next in assist of our nationwide applications this yr: The Collins Basis, Cotyledon Fund, Ford Basis, Leon Polk Smith Basis, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, NoVo Basis, Open Society Basis, Rainbow Pineapple Basis, and Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.

Concerning the Native Arts and Cultures Basis

The Native Arts and Cultures Basis’s mission is to advance fairness and cultural data, specializing in the facility of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote constructive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the USA. The Basis has supported over 300 artists and humanities organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia. To be taught extra concerning the Native Arts and Cultures Basis, go to

Media Contact

Barbara Soulé, Native Arts and Cultures Basis, +1 360-334-7263, [email protected]



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