VANCOUVER - The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation announced the 2020 Mentor Artist Fellowship awards, naming Colville Tribal artists Joe Feddersen and Julie Edwards amongst a list of mentors and mentees in the Mentor Artist Fellowship.

The fellowship is a regional award open to accomplished American Indian and Alaska Native artists and culture bearers located in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Southern California, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.

This year, eleven artists were selected to receive a $30,000 fellowship award designed to support an established Native artist to mentor an emerging Native artist in the Contemporary Visual Arts and Traditional Arts. 

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a structured fifteen-month program designed to empower artists and build capacity in Native communities for future generations. As part of the program, mentors and their apprentices will complete art projects by the end of the fellowship period to broaden Indigenous worldviews in both Native and non-Native communities. In addition to the monetary award, the fellows and their apprentices participated in a two-day virtual mentorship and professional development training in March.

The program receives funding from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, The Ford Family Foundation, and to the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for their mentor program.

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