Now in its second year, the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute (NPSAI) is a two-week intensive art program for Native American high school students seeking an art education that mixes fundamentals in art and a connection to their cultural identity. Students will spend two weeks with their peers learning from active Native American professionals in multiple disciplines of the art world. Due to the generosity of the Creativity Among Native American Artists, the program is free for all who attend, and will include housing, meals, coursework and all art supplies.
The majority of classroom instruction will take place at Circle of Nations School with daily lessons, including a fundamental drawing course and a history lesson on Native American Art. The two week experience will incorporate additional art-based instruction and include a day trip to Plains Art Museum.
Eligible candidates for NPSAI are Native American high school entering the 10th-12th grade in the fall of 2021 and college aged students who are dedicated to pursuing the visual arts, and are interested in their Native American culture. Students will be selected based on a submitted portfolio of their artwork, one letter of reference, and a signed guardian permission form. Applications are due by May 1, 2021.
For more information about NPSAI or to apply to participate, please visit: https://plainsart.org/native-american-artists/northern- plains-summer-art-institute-2021/. For more information, please contact Joe Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is generously supported by Windrose Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation.
Plains Art Museum is your nonprofit art museum and education center, supported by over 800 individuals and organizations. The Museum and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity encompass the largest and only accredited art museum in North Dakota. It is located in downtown Fargo at 704 First Avenue North. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.
Illustration by Joe Williams, Plains Art Museum Director of Community Education & Director of Native American Programs.