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From now until April 26, 2019, Change Labs is accepting applications for its inaugural “Artist Rezidency” program in Tuba City, Arizona. All practicing Native American visual artists over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for this unique 1-year rezidency program. 

The selected rezident artist will receive:

  • 48 hours of entrepreneurial training and ongoing business counseling 
  • 100-square-foot studio space in Tuba City throughout the rezidency 
  • Up to $5,000 in art supplies 
  • $40,000 stipend 

Change Labs is an organization that supports and enables Native entrepreneurs starting businesses on tribal lands. Many Native entrepreneurs across the Navajo and Hopi nations struggle with the day-to-day tasks of operating and growing a small business. In addition to the lack of infrastructure, many small businesses lack marketing collateral such as a business logo, business cards, a web presence, or professional signage. 

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In response, Change Labs seeks visual artists who want to use their artistic talents to benefit tribal communities by: 

  • Supporting a small group of Native American startups with their creative expression and marketing collateral 
  • Creating one public artwork that illustrates the intersection of entrepreneurship and Native American culture 

The inaugural Change Labs Artist Rezidency Program is in partnership with Catapult Design and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is one of 60 National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grants awards supporting projects across the nation. "The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speak to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country," said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu. "National Endowment for the Arts funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are." 

“For the past four years Change Labs has engaged Navajo and Hopi artists to support our entrepreneurship events,” says Jessica Stago, director of business incubation at Change Labs. “Native artists create signs for entrepreneurs in our program, help them refine their logo or craft a business card. These seemingly small activities make the world of difference for our business owners. Some entrepreneurs tell me that seeing their new logo or sign is the first time they actually feel like a small business owner. Instilling pride in our people and helping them reach more customers is critical and this inaugural program is an opportunity to build on the relationship between Native artists and small business owners in our communities.” 

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 26, 2019. Applications will be accepted online through the Change Labs website or via email. For more information and to access program guidelines and application, visit 

The Grand Canyon Trust is proud to partner with Change Labs to support Native entrepreneurs making real change in Native communities. 

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