Some of the major art markets are wrapping up for the year. But for the artists, the work continues all year long. Many artists are constantly hustling, taking part-time jobs and branching out with other talents, just to put food on the table. A lucky few can get some breathing room with grants or fellowships. What does it take to have a thriving artist community in Native America? How do you support the artists in your life? We’ll speak with artists about their work, and the importance of supporting the arts.
T. J. Young, Sgwaayaans (Haida) – traditional Haida carver
Charlene Teeters (Spokane) – academic dean for the Institute of American Indian Arts
Break Music: Santa Fe (song) Samantha Crain (artist) You (Understood) (album)
We also heard from Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara and Lakota) and Francene Blythe (Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton, and Eastern Band Cherokee) from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.