Native Arts & Cultures Fund awards NWIC event

Weavers Teaching Weavers receives $14,000 grant

Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Weavers Teaching Weavers annual event was recently awarded $14,000 by the Native Arts & Cultures Funds.

Grant funds will help cover some event costs, including hosting master weaver teachers, event supplies and food.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) awarded grants to 28 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations in 15 states, including three in Washington. This year’s grant sizes ranged from $10,000 to $40,000, with a total allocation of $510,000 which is up from $394,319 in 2010.

The Foundation is the first national 501(c)(3) charity committed to building a fund dedicated exclusively to foster the revitalization, appreciation and continuity of Native arts and cultures.

“Support for this country’s Native arts and cultures is critical to our foundation’s mission, which is to nurture the creativity of Native artists and organizations through our grantmaking program,” said Foundation President and CEO T. Lulani Arquette, a Native Hawaiian.

The Weavers Teaching Weavers conference helps to preserve the art of weaving by providing a space where novice apprentice weavers can learn from master weavers, said Susan Given-Seymour, director of NWIC’s Cooperative Extension Department, which organizes the conference.

“The event was developed at the request of some of the tribes we serve,” Given-Seymour said. “They wanted a professional development opportunity for some of their weavers in order to create more teachers for this endangered cultural art.”

This year’s event will take place in April on NWIC’s main campus.

“This is an opportunity for Native weavers to come and learn from each other, and from some highly experienced weaver teachers,” Given-Seymour said.

Last year, 139 people representing 29 tribes participated in the conference.