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Native Artist Professional Development Training

Two-day arts business workshop for federally recognized Native artists hosted by MacRostie Art Center, to be held in Lawton, OK by national Native non-profit on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at the Museum of the Great Plains.

Native artists from the area will have the chance to develop into the world of art markets and culturally relevant business strategies when they attend this professional development training in April.  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 Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation.

In partnership with First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization committed to supporting and honoring Native American artists, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 and Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 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 20 artists, sponsoring tribal members receive preference —will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 and Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at the Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Ave. Lawton, OK 73507

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 Tosa Two, 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.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with First Peoples Fund to provide training, professional development, credit counseling, and business planning to our Native Artists.  The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development’s mission is to enhance, educate, and inspire success in Indian Country and the Native Professional Development Training curriculum is instrumental in providing the tools our artists need to manage and grow their art business.” says Felecia Freeman, Commercial Loan Officer of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation.

For more information on the Native Artists Professional Development, please visit www.firstpeoplesfund.org or contact Felecia Freeman (405) 878-4697 or ffreeman@cpcdc.org.

For Those Attending:

First Peoples Fund – Native Artist Professional Development Training

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 and Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Ave.
Lawton, OK 73507

Register online at www.firstpeoplesfund.org

NOTE TO EDITORS: To schedule an interview with Tosa Two Heart, the artists or community sponsors call (605) 348-0324 or email tosa@firstpeoplesfund.org.  Members of the media are welcome to attend the training and interview participants on either day.