Call For Artists


We Are Still Here

Artist Cohort: Community Art




All My Relations Arts (a program of the Native American Community Development Institute NACDI) and Hennepin Theatre Trust invite artists to participate in a 9 month Native Artists Cohort, We Are Still Here. American Indian artists who identify as residents of Minnesota are encouraged to apply.


All My Relations Arts has partnered with Hennepin Theatre Trust with funding from the McKnight Foundation to co-develop and implement a 9 month learning cohort featuring three American Indian artists. With sage advice, mentorship, and training by an experienced artist with an emphasis in community art, artists will gain tools, expand their learning, and implement their training through a series of projects.





The creation of the We Are Still Here Artist Cohort will amplify the voices and presence of Native people of Minnesota in the life, culture, art, and activation of Hennepin Avenue & the American Indian Cultural Corridor through the following objectives highlighting Native visibility:


  • To uplift Native voices, highlighting Native truth-telling, changing the narrative of Minnesota Native Peoples. Broaden and promote the awareness of Native people as active and relevant in contemporary times.
  • Introducing and educating Native artists on the processes for the creation of public art with an emphasis in community art and engagement.
  • Establish a sustainable framework for ongoing engagement in Hennepin Theatre Trust with the Native American community in Minnesota.
  • Cohort members would benefit by gaining knowledge of, and access to, making public art; specifically focusing on community art; public engagement, design, technique, materials, processes, etc.
  • Cohort members would be provided support through mentorship and skills-based tools of the process.




Complete the following form and send along with 5 digital images of your original artworks via Google Drive or dropbox link to [email protected] by September 24th, 2023 to be considered for selection. Artists will be notified if they are selected by September 27th, 2023.














Address (City, State, Zip):







Artist Fee:

$7200 9 month cohort (to be paid quarterly after successful completion of quarterly reports.)

$XXX 3 month capstone project to occur July – September 2024.



  • Communicate with Mentor on design process
  • Participate in online process meetings with mentor artist & Project team
  • Participate in scheduled Project Team calls
  •  Participate in content check in meetings with Hennepin Theatre Trust and All My Relations Arts Team.
  • Participate in at least one face-to-face meeting with the team for a site visit, projected for October 2023.
  • Work with a mentor artist to develop technical knowledge needed for execution of the projects created.
  • Successful completion of 3 assigned projects utilizing training provided by Mentor artist.



Please submit 5 digital images of your work


  • 1 digital image per artwork submitted
  • Minimum 1000 x 1000 pixels
  • Minimum 72 dpi, 1 MB
  • Files sizes larger than 25MB can be submitted via Dropbox
  • Artist Biography
  • Artist Statement
  • Headshot Image



I understand that all materials must be submitted under the stated guidelines in order to be considered for We Are Still Here: Mural Artists Cohort. Submission does not guarantee selection. If selected, I grant All My Relations Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust to display my artwork created during the cohort from October 2023 – June 2024. I also grant permission to All My Relations Arts so they may use artwork and imagery of artwork for any promotional and educational purposes. By signing below, I indicate my compliance:


Electronic Signature: ______________________________________ Date: _____________




Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI): Founded in 2007, Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is an asset-based community development intermediary. NACDI, a 501c3, promotes Native economic improvement by emphasizing capacity building at the community, organizational, and individual levels to support Native people to build the future we envision for ourselves. NACDI is the keeper of the community vision of establishment of a Native-led economic engine called the American Indian Cultural Corridor (AICC) on East Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. Native arts and culture are key strategies.


All My Relations Arts (AMRA) honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.


Hennepin Theater Trust:  Hennepin Theatre Trust transforms the places and spaces in the Hennepin Theatre District to be more vibrant, welcoming and inclusive. Our public art and engagement activities connect people to unexpected arts and cultural experiences, from the iconic Bob Dylan mural to 5 to 10 on Hennepin live concerts co-produced with Kulture Klub Collaborative to the “It’s the People” large-scale banners depicting the heart and soul of Minneapolis. Our free programming, created with key partners, helps to increase public safety and benefits youth and adults experiencing homelessness in the Hennepin Theatre District. Our public art program is the largest in the Midwest and creates unique opportunities and platforms for artists, especially emerging artists and artists of color.




Angela Two Stars

All My Relations Arts, Director

[email protected]


Juleana Enright

All My Relations Arts Gallery & Programs Coordinator

[email protected]


Alexandra Buffalohead

Arts & Cultural Engagement, Manager

[email protected]