Are You A Creative Native? Submit To The Center For Native American Youth Art Initiative

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is launching their first Creative Native Call for Art for Native youth 5 to 24-years-old. Deadline May 9th.

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) has announced their launch of the first ever Creative Native Call for Art as part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative.

The Creative Native call for artwork is an initiative that supports young Indigenous artists ages 5 to 24-years-old and provides the opportunity to receive national recognition, funding for art supplies, and a $200 prize.

In addition to the overall submissions, there is an additional opportunity for Native youth artists between 15 and 24-years-old to be the cover artist for CNAY’s 2018 State of Native Youth Report. The cover artist will be flown to Washington, D.C. to participate in the reports release event in November.

See related article: Center For Native American Youth Releases 2nd Annual 'State of Native Youth' Report

On November 15th, the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) released its second annual State of Native Youth report. The report is now available online.

On November 15th, the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) released its second annual State of Native Youth report created by Native youth artist 

The Gen-I initiative focuses on removing the barriers that stand between Native American youth and their opportunity to succeed.

Artists who submit an entry to the Creative Native Call for Art will be counted as a Gen-I challenge activity and artists ages 14 to 24 will also be recognized as Gen-I Ambassadors. As Ambassadors, the artists join a network of Native leaders and get continued access to exclusive leadership and advocacy opportunities.

Click here to learn more about the Gen-I Network.

See related article: Center for Native American Youth Releases GEN-I Map to Connect Native Youth

Art Submission and Eligibility Requirements

Art submissions must answer the question: What does Generation Indigenous mean to me?

Submission photos and images will only be accepted electronically through the online Creative Native Entry Form. Submissions will be reviewed by an independent review committee, which will select one awardee from each age category: 5-9-year-olds; 10-14; 15-19; and 20-24.

Examples of submissions can include, but are not limited to paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and traditional works such as beadwork, carvings, and baskets. Artists can submit a maximum of three entries. Artists will need to submit separate forms for every entry.

To be eligible, artists must:

Self-identify as Indigenous
Be between the ages of 5 and 24-years-old by the submission deadline
Currently reside in the United States
Provide a signature from a parent, guardian or legal representative if under 18-years-old
Submit a high-resolution image or photograph of an original work of art

Deadline and details

Artists may submit up to three (3) images of each artwork, displaying alternate angles and perspectives. Submissions are due at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 9th, 2018.

Click here for a complete list of Rules & Guidelines.

Click here to submit your art.

If you have any questions, you may contact del.curfman@aspeninstiute.org.