Creative Native

Highlighting the creativity and expression of young Indigenous artists

Highlighting the creativity and expression of young Indigenous artists

The Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Creative Native Call for Art was created by former CNAY Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow and renowned artist, Del Curfman (Apsáalooke). This Gen-I initiative is designed to provide space and support to Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years old across Indian Country.  

The 6th annual Creative Native Call for Art by the Center for Native American Youth focused on the theme: home & community. CNAY asked Native youth creatives what home means to them.

You can view our previous submissions here. Submissions will be accepted electronically through the Creative Native Entry Form.


Submission Process:   

Click here for a complete list of 2023 Rules & Guidelines and here to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

*To be eligible for the Grand Prize, artists must be between the ages of 15-24 years old. 

About the Program 

Each year, art submissions will be inspired by a unique prompt. Artists who submit will have the opportunity to receive national recognition and an award of $300.00. An artist between the ages of 15-24 will also be recognized as the grand prize winner and receive a $1,000.00 award. 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.