Clarissa Hudson receives Native Master Artist grant

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College has announced its 2008 national grant recipients, and the list includes Pagosa artist Clarissa Hudson.

Twenty four grants were awarded to Native artists, organizations and tribes throughout the United States. 

 Four grants up to $5,000 were awarded through the National Native Master Artist Initiative: Artist Teaching Artists program and twenty grants up to $2,000 were awarded through the National Native Creative Development Program.  The Longhouse’s national re-granting program is made possible by the Ford Foundation’s IllumiNation Program, which was established to strengthen Native arts and cultures throughout the United States. 

2008 National Native Master Artist Initiative: Artist Teaching Artists include Hudson (Tlingit) ; M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Mississippi Choctaw); Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock); and the Yakama Nation Language Program.

The National Native Master Artist Initiative: Artist Teaching Artists program is designed to create opportunities to promote Native arts and cultures within urban and rural Native communities throughout the United States.   The grant provides an opportunity for a Master Native Artist to teach other Native artists, whether established or emerging, within a community setting.  Organizations may apply for funds to support a master Native artist to be in residence for the purpose of teaching a form of visual or performing arts to Native artists within the community. 

 The National Native Creative Development Program (NNCDP) addresses the professional development needs of individual artists.  Grants are awarded to artists that are interested developing a Web site, traveling to artist gatherings, and purchasing tools, supplies, materials, and studio time, etc. 

Hudson is scheduled to teach an intermediate Chilkat weaving class at the Silver Cloud Art Center in Haines, Alaska, for three to 12 Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian (maybe one Navajo) female weavers who have had any prior weaving experience in Chilkat or Ravenstail.  There is encouragement for weavers to begin weaving their first robe during this class. 

For more information about the Longhouse grant programs, go to the Web site at www.evergreen.edu/longhouse/grantprograms.htm.