NDN Radical Imagination Grant | NDN Collective

10 Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres will be awarded grants of $50,000.

EMBRACE THE RADICAL. Give breath to your imagination.

A whole story begins with one word. Words are the roots that bear the fruit of deeper meaning, messages and significance. Our Indigenous languages are embedded with such deep meaning-conveyed through each word. As Indigenous people, we share another common, yet foreign language. It too has its own way of conveying meaning and its own roots. ‘Radical’ may mean many things to many people, but its essence and its core requires us to get to the root of things. We’re now calling on those committed to getting to the root of things. To embrace the radical and give breath to your imagination.


As part of NDN Collective’s mission to Defend, Develop and Decolonize, Radical Imagination Artists and Culture Bearers will:

Mirror Shield Project by Cannupa Hanska Luger

Mirror Shield Action, Cannupa Hanska Luger


Imagine and practice justice within their communities

Billboard by Gregg Deal


Amplify community voices to counter inequitable government and corporate policies and practices

Through artistic creativity, the hearts and minds of each artist will bring forward the new vision and new normal for just and equitable behaviors and structures, so that the dimensions of structural racism (culturally, historically, institutionally, politically and ideologically) are dismantled and a better world is rebuilt and assembled. As NDN Collective, we are unapologetically NDN. We believe in the power, the creativity, the audacity and the commitment of artists, culture bearers and designers to create and imagine new paths, new futures, and new worlds.

We invite you as Indigenous artists to imagine, design and create projects that propose solutions to our most intractable societal problems. Whether it be protecting the health and wellbeing of communities from the COVID-19 Pandemic, clean water, earth-centered economies, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, renewable energy or sustainable agriculture, or law enforcement reforms, we invite you to use your art and the Radical Imagination Artist grant as a platform to amplify your work as a viable solution.


It is expected that travel will be limited due to COVID 19 restrictions and that meetings, dialogues and exhibitions will be done virtually.

10 Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres will be awarded grants of $50,000. Artists may propose a one year budget that includes a living stipend, as well as support for the supplies and equipment necessary to publicly amplify the work and develop a community messaging platform. 12% of funds must also support artist self-care, health and well-being. Grant funds are considered taxable income and artists will be responsible for managing related income tax related standards. Artists must report and share their creative progress on a quarterly basis. Funds will be distributed in accordance with a 12-month work plan and projected budget.

the 2021 Radical Imagination LOI Submission phase has closed.

Please consider applying in 2022!

Please submit your Letter of Interest and samples of your work by June 18th, 2021 at 5pm MST.

It is best to register and complete log-in credentials  before the grant deadline on June 18.  Any attempts to register later than 3 p.m.  Mountain Standard Time on June 18  does not guarantee availability for technical support or submission by the 5 p.m. deadline.  Registration ends at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on June 18, 2021. 

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing or co-designing community art projects, managing funds and willingness to participate in broader community dialogue or participatory research.

Grant Selection Information

Full Grant Applications will be invited in late July based on review of Letters of Interest (LOI). Full Grant Applications are expected to be submitted in August 2021. Final Artists Selection expected to be made by September 30, 2021. Radical Imagination Artist project start dates will begin shortly thereafter.


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