NDN Collective announces the 2022 Radical Imagination Grant

by Mar 22, 2022General0 comments

NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, announced its next open application period for the Radical Imagination grant offered to artists, culture bearers, and storytellers who are Indigenous to Turtle Island (United States, Canada, Mexico) and surrounding island nations (Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands). Radical Imagination Grants are intended to support Indigenous artists to imagine, design, and create projects that propose solutions to our most intractable societal problems. Artists that have and can radically imagine a new future, a better normal, and a just world for all people and the planet are called upon to bring their words, their stories, their art, their dance, their songs, and action to NDN Collective’s Radical Imagination. 

“We look to the creative genius of artists to not only help us see the world from a different perspective but to also help us imagine the way forward in an ever-changing landscape,” said Tina Kuckkan (Ojibwe), NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking.

As part of NDN Collective’s mission to Defend, Develop and Decolonize, Radical Imagination Artists, Creatives and Culture Bearers will:

  1. Propose solutions to dismantle structural racism through their art & creativity
  2. Imagine and practice justice within their communities while working to rebuild and assemble a better world
  3. Amplify community voices to counter inequitable systems, policies and practices

Grants of up to $50,000 per year are available to Indigenous artists and culture bearers working in all traditions, mediums, and genres working in the defense, development, or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet.  NDN Collective supports Indigenous artists, culture bearers, and storytellers to amplify their work to reimagine a new normal for all people and the planet.

“Providing flexible funding provides much-needed support for our Indigenous artists to amplify their phenomenal work while also supporting self-care, health, and well-being”,  said Program Officer Janet Maylen (Mvskoke).

To apply, applicants must first complete a letter of interest (LOI) which can be accessed on the NDN Grants & Fellowship page on the NDN Collective website.

Letters of Interest are due April 8, 2022, by 5:00 pm CST.  It is best to register and complete log-in credentials before the grant due date.  Any attempts to register later than 3 pm CST on April 6, 2022, do not guarantee availability for technical support or submission by the 5:00 pm CST deadline on April 8.