Advancing Indigenous Performance

2018 Advancing Indigenous Performance cohort from l to r: Andre Bouchard, Larissa FastHorse, Karen Fischer, Jenny Marlowe, DeLanna Studi, Scott Stoner, Maura Garcia, Allison Warden, Autumn Chacon, Christopher K. Morgan, Ed Bourgeois, Moses Goods, Quita Sullivan, Dawn Avery, Thea Hopkins, Margo Kane, Tim Wilson and Anthony Hudson, by Ambience Photography


Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) is a program established in 2018 by the Western Arts Alliance with generous lead support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.  AIP deepens support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity and generosity.  The initiative aims to provide educational and professional development resources for US-based Indigenous artists  and presenters that will build audiences for Indigenous performing arts.  


AIP includes the following activities over the three-year launch period:

  • Native Launchpad:  providing professional development, resources and connection for yearly cohorts of Indigenous performing artists
  • Indigenous Performance Symposium:  a dedicated WAA pre-Conference event that will focus on bringing together mid-career Indigenous performing artists and professionals to build knowledge, strategies and opportunities in the first year (2018) and will expand to include non-Native agents, presenters and other allies in 2019 and 2020.
  • AIP Travel Assistance Fund:  Providing support to Indigenous performing artists for travel to conferences, showcases and other events to promote their tours..
  • AIP Touring Fund: providing matching fee support to presenters of Indigenous artists who receive touring awards from their Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs).

Highlights from the 2018 Advancing Indigenous Performance Symposium.