ATALM launches new training and funding opportunity for Native Craft ArtistsTribal Artists:

In partnership with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), ATALM is launching a dynamic six-month program that will empower, nurture, and celebrate 20 talented Native craft artists.

For the purpose of this program, “craft artist” is defined as artists who create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques such as weaving, pottery, beadwork, needlework, jewelry making, and other forms.

Key Program Features:

  • Funding of $10,000 for each of the 20 chosen artists.
  • Tailored training sessions to enhance business practices, including the production of a business and marketing plan.
  • Access to a wealth of resources, including materials, workshops, and tools.
  • One-on-one coaching from artists with successful careers. Coaches will receive national recognition for their leadership and generosity.

Applications for Craft Artists and Coaches/Mentors are now open through September 30, 2023.  Accepted artists will be announced on October 26 at the ATALM conference. Questions may be directed to

As always, we are grateful for our partners and funders who make these life-changing programs possible. Thank you, CERF+ and the Ford and Windgate Foundations, for believing in the power of Native artists to foster creativity, preserve and advance cultural traditions, and ensure the longevity of Native craftsmanship.

With grateful hearts and warm regards,


Walter Echo-Hawk, Chairman of the Board
Susan Feller, President & CEO
Samonia Byford, Treasurer
Leticia Chambers
Kevin Gover
W. Richard West