Two-day arts business workshop for federally recognized Native artists sponsored by Adirondack Experience, to be held in Hogansburg, NY by national Native non-profit Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9 at Akwesasne Housing Authority Training Center.

Hogansburg, NY —Native artists from the area will have the chance to delve into the world of art markets and culturally relevant business strategies when they attend this professional development training in November.  At the two-day training, artists will learn how to market their art, set budgets and pricing structures, develop a business plan, and more. The workshop is a project of the Akwesasne Cultural Center, the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation, and the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. The New York State Council on the Arts is providing funding for this training.

In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization committed to supporting and honoring Native American artists, Adirondack Experience will host a Native Artist Professional Development Training session for local and regional Indigenous artists in the region looking to develop their skills, connections and business models.

The free two-day training—registration limited to 25 artists, sponsoring tribal members receive preference —will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday,  November 8 and Thursday, November 9, at the Akwesasne Housing Authority Training Center 378 NY-37 Suite B, Hogansburg, NY 13655. Stipends are available to cover travel and lodging costs incurred by participants.  For more information on how to apply for travel and lodging stipends, contact Micaela Hall at mhall@theadkx.org, (518)-352-7311 ext. 128.

Advanced registration is encouraged, visit http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/napd-registration.

“This training is a great way for artists at any stage in their career to start or expand an arts business, whether it be a newcomer unsure about the pricing of their art or a more experienced artist hoping to grow their customer base,” said Jeremy Staab, Program Manager at First Peoples Fund. “Everything we do is designed to honor and protect traditional and cultural values, while helping Native artists succeed and thrive as business people.”

“First People’s Fund will help Abenaki and Mohawk artists to create a positive working relationship that will assist us in working together on the Art Market that Adirondack Experience is committed to hosting,” said Sue Herne, Program Manager, Akwesasne Cultural Center.  “In recent years the Akwesasne Cultural Center – Museum has begun to partner with Adirondack Experience. The cultural center also collaborates with the Akwesasne Tourism Working Group in order to work towards meeting the needs of Akwesasne Mohawk artists. Certainly, Akwesasne has strong artists in the “millennial” age group who have led the way for the next generation. We have a few artists from Akwesasne who have had Indian Market booths in Santa Fe. We have well-known young beaders, basketmakers, and painters. They too, can still see the need for a stronger “art infrastructure” in our community for future generations – which the tourism working group is working to build. An increase in business skills for individual artists is an important part of this, and is an area that this workshop will address.”

Herne also said, “The mission and values of the First Peoples Fund are what we are all about! “[FPF] recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, beginning with individual artists and their families” A workshop that bring artists of all backgrounds – painters, digital artists, beaders, basketmakers, young and old, together will be a great boost to our community. When the cultural center hosts traditional arts classes, we have a cross-section of community sitting together and visiting about common concerns. I can see the workshop with First People’s Fund providing that same opportunity for a cross-section of artists to have dialogue among one another – community members who otherwise might not cross paths working together on common concerns. I hope that the workshop will be able to draw out comments from our most established artists in order to help those who are just starting out.”

For more information on the Native Artists Professional Development Training and the travel/lodging stipends, please visit www.firstpeoplesfund.org or contact Micaela Hall at mhall@theadkx.org, (518)-352-7311 ext. 128.

For Those Attending

First Peoples Fund – Native Artist Professional Development Training
Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Akwesasne Housing Authority Training Center
378 NY-37 Suite B
Hogansburg, NY 13655.

Register online at www.firstpeoplesfund.org

About Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 23 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks, and in free programs at schools throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.