2019 Creative Native Call for Art Announcement


The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Indian Country Counts is excited to launch the 2nd Creative Native Call for Art!


Creative Native is a call for art that supports young Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years old by providing them an opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and award of $200. An artist between ages 15-24 will also be recognized as the grand prize winner and have their art featured on the cover CNAY’s 2019 State of Native Youth report. The cover artist will be flown to Washington, D.C. to participate in the report release event in November. Click here to read about last year’s cover artist and the other winners.

Darby Raymond-Overstreet on her experience as the 2018 grand prize winner: “Being selected as the winner of the Creative Native Contest was an incredible experience all around. It is an honor to have had my work featured on the cover of the 2018 State of Native Youth Report, which came out beautifully, and to travel to D.C. to speak on the youth panel discussion as an artist among such inspiring Native youth was a highlight and an experience I continue to cherish.”

Creative Native also presents a new and exciting way to engage youth in the Generation Indigenous National Native Youth Network. The Gen-I initiative is focused on removing barriers that stand between Native American youth and opportunities to succeed. Artists who submit to the Creative Native Call for Art will have their submissions counted as their Gen-I Challenge activities and those over 14 will be recognized as Gen-I Ambassadors. As Ambassadors, the artists are invited to join our network of Native leaders and get continued access to exclusive leadership and advocacy opportunities. Click here to create an account and log into the NEW Gen-I Network portal.


Art submissions must be inspired by the prompt: I am a Native youth and I count.

What does citizenship and sense of belonging mean to me? This year’s theme focuses on the Census, and what ‘belonging’ and ‘counting’ means to Native youth.

Submissions will be accepted electronically through the Creative Native Entry Form.

Examples of submissions are, but not limited to: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, beadwork, carvings, baskets etc.


  • Self-identify as Indigenous;  
  • Be between the ages of 5 and 24 years old by the application deadline;  
  • Currently reside in the United States; and 
  • Submit a high-resolution image of art. 

*To be eligible for the State of Native Youth report cover art, artists must be between the ages of 15-24 years old.

**Each artist may submit one art submission to the 2019 Call for Art. Artists may submit up to three (3) images of their artwork, displaying alternate angles and perspectives if needed.


ORIENTATION: Portrait Dimensions: 8.5IN X 11IN QUALITY: 250 TO 300 PIXELS PER INCH (ppi) Format options: .png, .psd, .aiFor a front and back continuous cover page:

ORIENTATION: Landscape Dimensions: 17in x 11in Quality: 250 to 300 pixels per inch (PPI) Format options: .png, .psd, .ai

Click here for a complete list of Rules & Guidelines.

Submissions are due at 11:59 PM EST August 9, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Tashia Arnold at tashia.arnold@aspeninstitute.org or call 202-464-4332.