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 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

Email to get an application.

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.

Micro Loans

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

Community Development

The project plans regular visitor and tourist events intended to raise the profile of Four Corners art entrepreneurs. For more information contact,.

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