The Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors is redirecting some of its funds to increase Family Empowerment Program and Oyate Leadership Network grants to address needs brought on by the COVID19 pandemic. Nonetheless, how can these limited funds have lasting impact in this new reality? There are many folks who have lost their jobs, many who are struggling at home—juggling work and children—just trying to stay safe and healthy. How can Tiwahe’s values of family, respect, trust, generosity, the circle of giving and the Indigenous World View be a beacon of hope in trying times?
We are storytellers. Let’s use the opportunity to hear from each other and listen. The lessons and stories of our ancestors resonate more now than ever. Seven grants of $1,000 will be awarded to Twin Cities Minnesota American Indian artists who submit stories of healing and resilience. Proposals will be accepted in any artistic genre, such as prose, poetry, traditional arts, visual arts, performance, video or audio. The content will be housed on the website, www.tiwahefoundation.org and actively promoted through social media. Artists will retain copyright to their work.
In addition, $13,000 to respond to COVID19 needs–$5,000 for Oyate Leadership Network alumni project-based grant and $8,000 towards the four impact areas of the Family Empowerment Program.