Creative Native Call for Art Submissions Open 

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2021. 

Washington, DC: The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute is excited to announce the 4th annual Creative Native Call for Art. Each year, art submissions are inspired by a unique prompt. Artists who submit will have the opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and an award of $500.00. The Creative Native Grand Prize winner will receive an award of $1000.00.  

This year, art submissions must be inspired by the prompt: futurism. This year’s theme focuses on Native youth hopes and dreams for the future. Native youth creatives: What are your hopes for the future? What is the future of your culture, your people, your community, and yourself?  

“We are proud to support young Indigenous creatives through this program,” says executive director Nikki Pitre, “Through this year’s Creative Native prompt, we will better understand where Native youth see the future of our people through art expression.” 

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. 

The Creative Native Call for Art will continue accepting submissions until October 27, 2021.