2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

The Indigenous Arts Ecology and Cross-Sector Data

Sunday, October 29, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Organized by Lori Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund.

Presented by Christianne Lind, Program Officer, Northwest Area Foundation; and Lori Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund.

The Indigenous Arts Ecology is a cultural asset–based model for understanding the rich history and potential of Indian Country. Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) are at the center of the modern Indigenous Arts Ecology alongside artists and culture bearers. First Peoples Fund (FPF) supports these financial institutions across Indian Country to provide services and resources tailored to meet the needs of artist-entrepreneurs in their communities. In this session, participants will learn how Native CDFIs and FPF simultaneously collaborate across sectors to gather data that help define best practices for growing and sustaining creative ecosystems and the larger ecology into the future.