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Native Hawaiian Artists Honored With Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships

From a national call for entries to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships to Kaili Chun (Honolulu), Keola Beamer (Lahaina), Micah Kamohoali’i (Kamuela) and Patrick Makuakāne (San Francisco). Installation artist Chun received a NACF Visual Arts Fellowship and singer/song-writer Beamer was awarded a music fellowship. Kumu hula Kamohoali’i and Makuakāne each received 2014 NACF Dance Fellowships.

Micah Kamohoali'i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

The four Native Hawaiian artists are among 16 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians selected to receive the 2014 award. Each year, the Native-led arts foundation awards fellowships to recognize exceptional Native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts. In past years, singer Raiatea Helm, slack-key master Cyril Pahinui, dancer/choreographer Christopher K. Morgan, filmmaker Christen Marquez and visual artist Kapulani Landgraf were honored with this award. For 2014, the foundation awarded $220,000 to support individual artists through NACF Artist Fellowships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per artist.

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

“It is our honor to present a dynamic new cohort of NACF Artist Fellows for 2014,” said NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). “Native artists are taking leadership in addressing critical issues across the country and act as catalysts for change in our communities. The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits.”

List of 2014 NACF Artist Fellows:

  • Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship
  • Raven Chacon (Navajo), Albuquerque, N.M., Music Fellowship
  • Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee), Muskogee, Okla., Literature Fellowship
  • Kaili Chun (Native Hawaiian), Honolulu, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Syracuse, N.Y., Literature Fellowship
  • Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), Indian Island, Maine, Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Tulsa, Okla., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Melissa Henry (Navajo), Rehoboth, N.M., Film Fellowship
  • Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship
  • Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna), Los Angeles, Film Fellowship
  • Patrick Makuakāne (Native Hawaiian), San Francisco, Dance Fellowship
  • Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa-Santa Clara Pueblo), Espanola, N.M., Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N’ishga), Fairbanks, Alaska, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Israel Shotridge (Tlingit), Vashon, Wash., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Polson, Mont., Film Fellowship
  • David Treuer (Ojibwe), Claremont, Calif., Literature Fellowship

Since 2010, the foundation has supported 85 Native artists and organizations in 22 states with $1,602,000 in assistance, including awards to the Hula Preservation Society, the Moku O Keawe Foundation, the PA’I Foundation and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. The generosity of arts patrons, the Ford Foundation and Native Nations allows the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to support the vibrant arts and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples. To read more about these Native Hawaiian fellowship grantees and all the talented 2014 NACF Artist Fellows, visit: www.nativeartsandcultures.org.


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