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Eighth Generation Launches Inspired Natives Grants

Thursday, September 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Native-owned and operated company Eighth Generation is pleased to announce the establishment of a national Native artist grant program, to be administered in partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse. The Inspired Natives Grant, funded by 5% of Eighth Generation sales, is a project-based grant for emerging Native artists who are pushing boundaries in the world of arts and arts entrepreneurship. Eighth Generation is looking for candidates who are expanding definitions of what it means to be Native and who go above and beyond to make themselves a resource to their community. Applications for all forms of visual, performance-based arts, media and literary arts will be accepted. Native artists who are residents of the United States are eligible for this award. Native is defined as: American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. Documentation of ancestry is required.

“Our goal is to assist emerging artists of all mediums in developing business infrastructure (e-commerce, branding, equipment, and product development) to maximize their potential for success in the mainstream marketplace”, according to Eighth Generation owner Louie Gong (Nooksack). “We know our partnership with the trusted and experienced grant makers at the Evergreen Longhouse will help us do this in the most effective way possible.”

“The Longhouse is always honored to partner with Louie Gong. We have observed that as his artistic star continues to rise, he provides connections, resources and support to others. The Inspired Natives Grant is a great example of his entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit”, says Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Longhouse Director.

Award Amount: The Inspired Natives Grant will be administered in awards of $2,500. Total project costs may exceed $2,500 as long as other sources of funding are identified in the application.

Deadline for application: October 31st, 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 28th, 2017.  

Eighth Generation is a Native-owned and operated company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) started customizing shoes in his living room. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets - with a flagship retail store in Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market - Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short eight years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art. To learn more about Eighth Generation visit:

Sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ: House of Welcome Longhouse Education and Cultural Center promotes Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development. Longhouse programs include: the Native Creative Development Program ($5000 grants to artists in WA and OR); artists-in-residence; indigenous artist gatherings; Native art markets, exhibitions and educational fora. The Longhouse received the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in 2014, in recognition of its role as a local, regional and international leader in the field of indigenous arts and cultures. To learn more about the Longhouse visit: 

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