In 2015, when Eighth Generation became the first Native-owned company to offer wool blankets, we promised that 5% of profit from our retail blanket sales would go back to community in the form of the "Inspired Natives Award." In addition to the the $80k+ we've contributed over the past two years in support of everything from Standing Rock to nonprofit organizations to cultural events to family celebrations to small tokens of comfort for our homeless relatives on the streets of Seattle, Eighth Generation is pleased to announce the establishment of our national award program for Native artists.
The Inspired Natives Award is an award for emerging Native artists who are pushing boundaries in the world of arts and arts entrepreneurship. We are looking for candidates who are expanding definitions of what it means to be Native and who go above and beyond to make themselves a resource to their community. Our goal is to assist emerging artists of all mediums in developing business infrastructure (e-commerce, branding, equipment, and product development) to maximize their potential for success in the mainstream marketplace.
The award is administered in partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse and awarded annually starting in 2017. Meet the recipient of the 2018 Inspired Natives Award here!
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