Call for Artists: Indigenous Digital Artists’ Cohort



We Are Still Here

Indigenous Digital Artists’ Cohort

Photo of installation art space, lighted wall panels in shades of blue with trees and a figure dressed in traditional Indigenous clothing.

Manifest’o, Jonathan Thunder, 2018 – 2019. Image Credit: Jonathan Thunder.


Original Call listed here:

All My Relations Arts (a program of the Native American Community Development Institute NACDI) and Hennepin Theatre Trust invite artists to participate in the 18-24 month Indigenous Digital Artists Cohort, We Are Still Here. Indigenous artists who identify as members of the Oceti Sakowin and are residents of the Midwest region (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin), are encouraged to apply.

NACDI has partnered with Hennepin Theatre Trust with funding from the McKnight Foundation to co-develop and implement a 24-month learning cohort featuring three Indigenous artists that will work with an artist mentor to create digital designs, full-motion animation, projections, or a large scale mural as part of the “We Are Still Here” initiative promoting Dakota storytelling for the built environment along Hennepin Avenue via pilots, prototypes, and final projects that will be a central feature for the reopening of Hennepin Avenue after a four-year reconstruction project and launch of a centennial celebration in 2022.


The creation of the Indigenous Artists Cohort will amplify the voice and presence of the First People of Minnesota in the life, culture, art, and activation of Hennepin Avenue through the following objectives:

● To uplift Native voices, highlighting Native truth-telling, changing the narrative of Minnesota Indigenous Peoples. Broaden and promote the awareness of Native people as active and relevant in contemporary times.

● Introducing and educating Native artists on the processes for the creation of public art.

● Establish a sustainable framework for ongoing engagement in Hennepin Theatre Trust by Minnesota’s First People

● Cohort members would benefit by gaining knowledge of, and access to, making public art.

● Cohort members would be provided support through mentorship and skills-based tools of the process.


Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) founded in 2007, Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an asset-based community development intermediary. NACDI, a 501c3, promotes Native economic improvement by emphasizing capacity building at the community, organizational, and individual levels to support Native people to build the future we envision for ourselves. NACDI is the keeper of the community vision of the establishment of a Native-led economic engine called the American Indian Cultural Corridor (AICC) on East Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. Native arts and culture are key strategies.

All My Relations Arts (AMRA) honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

Hennepin Theater Trust transforms the places and spaces in the Hennepin Theatre District to be more vibrant, welcoming and inclusive. Our public art and engagement activities connect people to unexpected arts and cultural experiences, from the iconic Bob Dylan mural to 5 to 10 on Hennepin live concerts co-produced with Kulture Klub Collaborative to the “It’s the People” large-scale banners depicting the heart and soul of Minneapolis. Our free programming, created with key partners, helps to increase public safety and benefits youth and adults experiencing homelessness in the Hennepin Theatre District. Our public art program is the largest in the Midwest and creates unique opportunities and platforms for artists, especially emerging artists and artists of color.


Complete the following form (click here) and send along with 1 – 5 less than 4MB digital images of your original artworks via Google Drive or dropbox link to by August 30th, 2020 to be considered for selection. Artists will be notified if they are selected by September 4th, 2020.

Original Call listed here:

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