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Alaska Native Artists as Entrepreneurs Learn Business Training

ANCHORAGE, AK – Alaska Natives peoples from across the state gather to celebrate culture and community during Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). During AFN week, twenty Alaska Native artists will participate in a two-day, intensive Business Training to develop and enhance practical skills to manage artist entrepreneurial businesses to achieve economic success andgrow as leaders in their rural communities. The dates of the Business Training are: Tuesday, October 16 – Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
 

The Alaska Native artists will learn how to express their personal vision and values; determine art marketing, business and financial management abilities; plan and set goals leading to weekly and monthly and annual business calendars; budget and establish a successful pricing structure; market their business using a variety of approaches and tools; and complete a marketing plan.

First Peoples Fund, based out of Rapid City, South Dakota is conducting the training. The co-instructors are Mike Jackson and artist, Ron Martinez. Mike Jackson (Oglala Lakota) is the Project Manager at First Peoples Fund. FPF recognizes the need for institutional support to foster the role of arts within tribal economies. In addressing this need, Mike works with arts organizations, Native Community Development Financial Institutions (NCDFIs) and other economic development groups, to help empower and strengthen the business and entrepreneurial skills of local artists. His activities center on FPF’s Native Artist Professional Development training program, which examines business and entrepreneurship through the eyes of a Native artist. Through these community-based partnerships, Native artists are given the tools and support they need for their journey toward becoming successful artist entrepreneurs.
 

Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta and TaosPueblo) is an International Community Development Specialist for Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO). Founded in 1970, AIO draws upon traditional Indigenous values to foster enlightened and responsible leadership, inspire stakeholder driven solutions and convene visionary leaders to probe contemporary issues and address challenges of the new century. Ron is also a traditional Pueblo potter and international award winning artist. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and has been appointed to many boards and cultural diversity programs in the last 10 years. His work has been featured in over 18 countries and is included in many national collections in Korea, Germany and New Zealand and at the Smithsonian and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in the U.S.

Alaska Native Arts Foundation has collaborated with Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), First Peoples Fund (FPF), First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC).

Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to broaden the understanding of, and increase the demand for, Alaska Native art. ANAF serves as a cultural, marketing, and economic development resource. Alaska Native Heritage Center’s mission are sharing, perpetuating and preserving the unique Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education.

Leveraging Investments in Creativity, based in New York City, seeks to assist people, organizations and communities already at work in supporting artists, and to address needs notbeing served. LINC is a 10-year initiative to improve artists’ ability to make artwork, build social capital and contribute to democratic values.

For more information, please email trina@alaskanativearts.org or call 907-258-2623/cell 907-227-4189 at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation

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