Business funding, training available for Native craft artists

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM), in partnership with Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), today announced the launch of the Native Craft Artist Readiness Program (NCARP), a six-month program that provides training, resources, and financial support to build sustainable craft art business practices.
Funding from CERF+, and the Ford and Windgate Foundations will support up to 20 Native Craft Artists. Craft artists are defined as people who produce hand-crafted objects such as pottery, baskets, jewelry, beadwork, quilts, and other items.
Participating artists, selected through a national application process, will receive online training and access to a network of coaches, peers, and resources.  Artists completing the program will receive up to $10,000 to implement the skills and strategies gained through the program.
To support the craft artists, up to five artists with successful careers will serve as coaches or mentors. The coaches will receive national recognition for their leadership and generosity.
Applications are due by September 30, 2023. Selected Artists and Coaches will be notified by October 16, 2023. More information is available at

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) is an international association dedicated to preserving and advancing the language, history, culture, and lifeways of Indigenous peoples. Founded in 2010, ATALM maintains a network of support for Indigenous cultural programs, provides professional development training, enables collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions, and advocates for programs and funding to sustain the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations. To learn more, visit