The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project – Support for Native American Artists & Arts Businesses


The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project (Navajo Artists Technology Innovation & Vision Enterprise) provides both financial and technical assistance to Navajo and other Native American artists from or living in the Four Corners region who are engaged in the business of arts, crafts and culture. The goal is to increase opportunity, knowledge, exposure and marketability and also to engage the general public in Native American culture and arts. Traditional and contemporary Native American culture and arts are supported. These include weaving, jewelry, pottery, carvings, silver smithing, sand painting, crafts, fine arts, film, fashion design, cultural culinary arts, and even motivational speaking that springs from historical cultural values.


Funds are 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 region and throughout the Southwest.  If you have an event you’d like to add, please email ofni.1495558361sredl1495558361iubyt1495558361icapa1495558361c@ofn1495558361i1495558361.

Artist Showcase Website

 The NATIVE ARTISTS SHOWCASE SITE features emerging Native American Artists and Artisans as well as Artists and Artisans with established reputations but who have not yet found firm footing in the marketplace.   All arts and crafts mediums 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

The booth fee applications have been updated for year two of the grant. Email ten.s1495558361retir1495558361wtnar1495558361g@eil1495558361lib.m1495558361 to get an application.

Business Knowledge Workshops

As part of the program, we provide financial and business training including technical assistance in setting up your business as a legal entity, education in valuing and selling arts/crafts in the internet age, emphasizing expansion, accounting, writing business plans and artist statements, understanding the marketplace and overcoming marketplace fears, and understanding the need for growth in both traditional and contemporary arts. Please click here for Part One of our online resource series.

Arts Business Mentors & Mentees

The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project will provide the artist or artisan who is at the beginning of his or her career with an arts business mentor. Program mentees will participate in N.A.T.I.V.E. Project small business development programming. The artist & 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 in program defined ways. Please click here to learn more.

Micro Loans

Micro loans at 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.

Community Development

The project will be planning regular visitor and tourist events intended to raise the profile of Four Corners cultural and arts entrepreneurs. Arranging such events is clearly necessary. For example, in the Shiprock Chapter, despite the beautiful natural monument of Tse Bit’ai nearby and the beautiful country of Red Valley a short drive away, Shiprock wallows near the bottom of tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation. Farmington, which is physically close to Shiprock, remains culturally separate despite community efforts at arts collaboration. Hopi, which is surrounded by the Navajo Nation, would benefit from regional outlets.

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