Cherokee Artist Recovery Act

The Cherokee Artist Recovery Act is the largest single investment in the Cherokee art community in history. Through the act, Cherokee Nation is investing $3M to help Cherokee artists recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduced by Chief Hoskin during his State of the Nation Address at the 70th annual Cherokee National Holiday, the act boasts various key initiatives, including:

  • Cultural Classes – Cherokee artists can apply to be contracted teachers for cultural classes, performances and demonstrations hosted in the community with specific initiatives for youth classes and programming. Artists are paid for their time, supplies and travel.

  • Market Access – Marketing, travel and registration support for Cherokee artists participating in qualifying art shows and markets.

  • Marketing Assistance – To assist with business development efforts, Cherokee Nation artists can apply for in-kind services supporting the production and printing of approved marketing materials.

  • Facility Enhancements – Rehabilitation or construction of Cherokee Nation facilities that increase access to necessary equipment, tools and space to create and promote Cherokee art.

  • Cherokee Artist Resource Collection – Development of a comprehensive database to promote Cherokee artists with links to individual portfolios and sales platforms.

Under the ARA, artists selling their art or participating in programs must be citizens of the Cherokee Nation. Preference is given to Cherokee artists who have been designated as Cherokee National Treasures.

Apply online now for available opportunities, or download the applications to submit via email or postal service. You can also call 918-384-7730 for application assistance.

Read more on The Cherokee Artist Recovery Act from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Read a message to our artists