Creative Native

Highlighting the creativity and expression of young Indigenous artists

The Generation Indigenous Creative Native Call for Art was created by former CNAY Newman’s Own Foundation Fellow and renowned artist, Del Curfman (Apsaalooke). This Gen-I initiative is designed to highlight the talent of Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years old across Indian Country. We will seek submissions for the fourth annual Call for Art in the summer of 2021! Sign up for our Generation Indigenous Opportunities Weekly to stay up to date on all Gen-I opportunities by clicking here.

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, funding for art supplies, and an award of $200. An artist between the ages of 15-24 will also be recognized as the grand prize winner and will have their art featured on the cover of CNAY’s 2020 State of Native Youth report. Examples of submissions are, but not limited to: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, beadwork, carvings, sewing, baskets, etc.

Click here for a complete list of 2020 Rules & Guidelines and here to review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.