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Woodland Indian Arts Initiative

The Wisconsin Arts Board instituted the Woodland Indian Arts Initiative in 2001. The Woodland Indian Arts Initiative provides a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American arts in Wisconsin, and works to develop an arts network dedicated to providing administrative support of the same, representative of Wisconsinís twelve Indian tribes, bands and urban Indian communities. The Initiative provides financial support for arts projects and efforts that directly benefit Wisconsinís Indian communities.


The Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin's tribes, bands and urban Indian communities. Nonprofit organizations, schools or units of government that provide direct services to members of Wisconsinís Indian communities can apply. See Woodland Indian Arts Initiative grant program for details.


2014: The Wisconsin Arts Board partnered with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association in 2013-14 to conduct fieldwork in multiple Native communities across the state.  The goal was to assess the level and types of arts activities as well as to identify needs and interests in Native arts communities in Wisconsin. Three reports summarize the findings:

1993: Woodland Ways: Folk Arts Apprenticeships among Wisconsin Indians 1983-1993 
by Janet C. Gilmore & Richard March
This manuscript documents some of the 75 master artists and 150 apprentices from Ho Chunk, Menominee, Ojibwa, Potawatomi, Oneida, and Stockbridge-Munsee nations who participated in the Arts Board's Folk Arts Apprentice Program' earliest years.



Updated:  Thursday, October 09, 2014