Gen-I NOW: Youth Artist Fellowships from Southwestern Association for Indian Art

Aang! (Hello in the Aleut Language!)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about Youth Artist Fellowships offered by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA)!

SWAIA will award youth fellowships to six young artists who wish improve their skills and participate in the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market. SWAIA youth fellowships encourage young artists to continue exploring traditional techniques and mediums, and to also find their own voice in their art. Selected youth fellows will receive a monetary award to help with research projects or the purchase of supplies.


The application deadline is May 13, 2016!


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or younger;
  • Be an enrolled member or designated Tribal Artisan of a US or Canadian federally recognized tribe/Alaskan Corporation;
  • Be a visual artist, writer, or filmmaker;
  • Plan to participate in the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market taking place August 20-21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Selected youth fellows will receive a $500 award.

The application consists of six main sections:

  1. General information;
  2. Resume;
  3. Artist statement explaining and contextualizing your artwork;
  4. A work sample (this will vary, depending on your medium of choice);
  5. Three 3 references; and an
  6. Application fee ($25)

Click here to learn more and get started on your application!

For more information, including additional instruction and guidelines, please contact SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET (SWAIA):
Phone 505.983.5220 | EMAIL:


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