March 9, 2022

Open Application Period! $50k Radical Imagination Grant for Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres

NDN Collective announces the 2022 Radical Imagination LOI Open Application Phase. This grant is offered to Indigenous artists, culture bearers and storytellers from Turtle Island and surrounding Island Nations (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2022

Rapid City, SD – NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, announces its next open application period for the Radical Imagination grant offered to artists, culture bearers and storytellers who are Indigenous to Turtle Island (U.S., Canada, Mexico) and surrounding island nations (Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Radical Imagination Grants are intended to support Indigenous artists to imagine, design and create projects that propose solutions to our most intractable societal problems. Artists that have and can radically imagine a new future, a  better normal, and a just world for all people and the planet are called upon to bring their words, their stories, their art, their dance, their songs and action to NDN Collective’s Radical Imagination. 

“We look to the creative genius of artists to not only help us see the world from a different perspective, but to also help us imagine the way forward in an ever-changing landscape,” said Tina Kuckkan (Ojibwe), NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking.

Intent

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

  1. Propose solutions to dismantle structural racism through their art & creativity
  2. Imagine and practice justice within their communities while working to rebuild and assemble a better world
  3. Amplify community voices to counter inequitable systems, policies and practices

Grants of up to $50,000 per year are available to Indigenous artists and culture bearers working in all traditions, mediums, and genres working in the defense, development, or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet.  NDN Collective supports Indigenous artists, culture bearers and storytellers to amplify their work to reimagine a new normal for all people and the planet.

“Providing flexible funding provides much-needed support for our Indigenous artists to amplify their phenomenal work while also supporting self-care, health and well-being”,  said Program Officer Janet Maylen (Mvskoke).

The 2022 LOI submission period for Radical Imagination has is closed until  2023

For More Information

For English-speaking locations, contact Janet Maylen, NDN Foundation Program Officer at [email protected] 

For French-speaking locations, contact Dr. PennElys Droz, NDN Foundation Program Officer at [email protected] (For residents of Canada and French-speaking Applicants)

For Spanish-speaking locations, contact Nicole Yanes, NDN Foundation Program Officer at [email protected].

For general grant information, contact Tina Kuckkahn, NDN Foundation Director of Grantmaking at [email protected]

For technical support, contact Billie White at [email protected] and Tiana Begay at [email protected]

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