New fellowship for Native Hawaiian artists available

To support Native Hawaiian artists active in the fields of dance, music, traditional and visual arts, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has announced a new fellowship with a Jan. 15 deadline.

The fellowship awards include support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. While this is the first fellowship created exclusively to support Native Hawaiian artists, the national nonprofit foundation has offered national fellowships of this amount each year since 2011 to Native Hawaiian, American Indian and Alaska Native artists and culture-makers. Artists who apply need to be able to supply documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

“The foundation looks forward to supporting the inspirational creativity of Native Hawaiian artists and culture-makers in the Hawaiian Islands and around the country,” said NACF Program Officer Andre Bouchard. “Online applications must be submitted at your.culturegrants.org by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. Panels will review submissions this winter, and we will announce the awardees in spring 2015.”

A partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and support from the Leonard and Rose Freeman Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation allowed the foundation to offer this fellowship.

“We are grateful for the advocacy and generosity of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Freeman family,” said NACF President and CEO T. Lulani Arquette.

To learn more about the foundation, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org.