Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Inc.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation advances equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States.
Bottom Line for Portland
There exists a vacuum in Portland, wherein the Native community has no center dedicated solely to arts and cultures. Giving Native people in the city a physical, visual presence will impact the greater community by truly “making the invisible visible.” With the transfer of ownership of the Yale Union building in Southeast Portland to NACF earlier this year and the activation of the building this year as the Center for Native Arts & Cultures, we will realize a vision of Portland as a center for Native people through arts, culture and social justice.
“There is a sense of possibility and movement forward for NACF and the work we do. The Center for Native Arts and Cultures will allow us to work with more partners and help strengthen local Native communities while creating a national asset for Native arts and cultures in Portland, Oregon.”
― Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian), NACF President/CEO
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NACF is one of only a few Native-founded, Native-led, national organizations focused primarily on the arts and cultures field that intentionally includes work on social, environmental, and economic justice. Our bylaws state: “A controlling percentage of the Board must be Native persons to ensure that the Board is knowledgeable about Native American arts, cultures, communities, and related issues relevant to effective philanthropic practice and mission fulfillment for this organization.” The board is 80% Native, and staff is 72% BIPOC.
We are partnering with Arnerich Massena, Emerick Architects (https://www.emerick-architects.com/), and Meritus Property Group (https://meritusproperties.com/) to provide matching funds totaling $7,250. Every dollar you donate up to $7,250 will be matched 1:1 due to their generosity.