Expired Indigenous Artist's Spotlight!


The Indigenous Empowerment Program’s Artist Development Project support local indigenous artists in opportunities that will significantly benefit their work and career development. The goal of this program is to advance the professionalism of local Indigenous artists. We will be selecting 10-12 local Indigenous artists for a special opportunity to spotlight their art within the community as one of our monthly featured artists.  Trainings offered will be open to all Indigenous artists.


Participation Criteria

Awards are based on ability to participate in the required activities of the project. Each application is reviewed on the basis of its own merits and against others in the application pool. Limited funds are available therefore the ability to complete all the following activities will be taken into consideration. 


Applicants will be required to complete the following activities:

  • Provide artwork to be displayed in Museum Exhibit for 1 month (if applicable) - the art can be for sale or to view only, artist’s choice.
  • Give 1 public performance/lecture/art demonstration at the Tomaquag Museum
  • Lead 1 public workshop to teach an art-form/craft/project to the public at a Tomaquag Sponsored Public Workshop
  • Participate in arts small business trainings (minimum of 4)


In Return the Artist will receive: 

  • Honoraria for Public Performance/Lecture/Art Demo
  • Honoraria for Leading Public Workshop
  • One month worth of artist promotion on Tomaquag Museum’s website, marketing, weekly emailings, and social media accounts and listed on IEN partner page for the year with hyperlink, if applicable.
  • Free arts small business trainings (up to 12)
  • Opportunity to attend a national Native Arts conference in Los Angeles in May 2018, selection by lottery for up to 6 artists.


Participating Artists will be awarded $50 to $500 depending on ability to complete the requirements listed above.  If you complete all of the above, you will receive the full $500 award.


Applicant Eligibility

We will accept applications from individual artists of all disciplines and expertise (visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, and media arts), 18 years of age or older, living in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts. For consideration applicants must submit the following: 


  • A bio; include information that describes who you are as an artist, the type of art you do, what inspires your art, how long you’ve been creating art; 1 personal quote (see examples in attachment)
  • 10 or more pictures of your art with descriptions that include type of art, materials used, name of art piece and any meaning if applicable.  If your art medium is something non-tangible (storytelling, theatre, dance, etc) please provide video or voice memo examples.  
  • Describe what kind of workshop you would lead if chosen, please provide more than one idea if possible.
  • Choose whether you would prefer to give a public performance, lecture, art demonstration, or combination of these and describe what you would present.  


Application Process and Deadlines

Applications may be dropped off at the museum or submitted by email to sfry@tomaquagmuseum.org by January 31, 2018.  

Applicants will receive notification within 2 weeks after the the application deadline.  During those two weeks, we may contact you for clarification on any of the proposed activities.  Successful applicants must sign and return our acceptance agreement and W-9 form.  Distribution of awarded funds will be made in three parts.  1/3 will be paid after completion of public performance/lecture/art demonstration, 1/3 will be paid after completion of public workshop, and 1/3 will be paid after completion of participation required business trainings.  

If you would like assistance in completing the application requirements, please contact Samantha Cullen-Fry, IEN Coordinator at 401-491-9063 or by email, sfry@tomaquagmuseum.org


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