The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project (Navajo Artists Technology Innovation & Vision Enterprise) provides both financial and technical assistance to Native American artists from or living in the Four Corners. Our mission is to assist those who are engaged in the business of art, craft, and culture. We hope to increase opportunity, knowledge, exposure and marketability for Native American artists. Both traditional and contemporary Native American art is supported. This includes but is not limited to; weaving, jewelry, pottery, carving, silversmithing, sand painting, crafts, fine art, film, fashion design, cultural culinary arts, and motivational speaking that originates from historical cultural values.
N.A.T.I.V.E. is sponsored by the Administration for Native Americans and USDA – Rural Development.
The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project invests in and assists artists and artisans in the following ways–
Calendar of Arts Festivals & Fairs
We offer a comprehensive Event Calendar featuring festivals, fairs, shows and markets in the Four Corners and throughout the Southwest. If you see an event you’d like to add, please email .
Artist Showcase Website
The NATIVE ARTISTS SHOWCASE SITE features emerging Native American Artists who have not yet established themselves in the marketplace. All art and craft media are represented, including jewelry, rugs, baskets, sculptures, sandpaintings, paintings, mixed media, and so on. To be featured on this website, please click here.
Financial Assistance to Pay Arts Vendor Booth Fees
Business Knowledge Workshops
As part of the program, we provide financial and business training. This includes technical assistance on setting up your business as a legal entity. We also provide training on the value of selling art in the internet age. We emphasize expansion, accounting, writing business plans and artist statements, understanding the marketplace, and overcoming marketplace fears. Please click here for Part One of our online resource series.
Arts Business Mentors & Mentees
The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project provides emerging artists with an arts business mentor. Program mentees will participate in N.A.T.I.V.E. Project small business development programming. The artisan mentor may be any individual who is further along in the development of their arts and crafts business than the mentee, whom the mentee respects, and whose mutual relationship will benefit both people in program defined ways. Please click here to learn more.
Loans of up to $3,000 for low income Native American Artists, Artisans and cultural entrepreneurs are available. Higher loans are possible depending on circumstances. To apply, please click here.
In the News
February 2018 – Press Release Capacity Builders Inc. to Receive a $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
February 26, 2018 – Farmington Daily Times NATIVE Project grant funding continues, provides assistance to Navajo artists for marketing, exposure
For more information:
Tel: (505) 326-4245
Fax: (505) 326-1698
Mail: N.A.T.I.V.E. Project, CBI, 418 West Broadway, Farmington, NM 87401