Pathways Application

A year-long online program that aims to strengthen the capacity of Native arts and cultural organizations with goals to develop and sustain creative spaces in their communities. 

Application Guidelines

Applications open Monday, October 2, 2023, at 9:00 AM CT and close Friday, November 10, 2023, at 5:00 PM CT. All interested organizations must complete the online application; emailed applications will not be accepted. Select applicants who meet all requirements will be notified shortly after the application deadline that they have advanced to the interview round. Successful applicants will be made aware of their acceptance to the cohort by Friday, December 15, 2023.

2023 Application Portal Opens on Monday, October 2, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for Pathways, Native arts or cultural organizations must meet the following three criteria: 

  • The organization is based within one of the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Southern California, South Dakota, Washington, or Wisconsin.
  • The organization has programming and a dedicated budget to support Native arts and culture.
  • The organization has been providing arts and cultural programming for at least three years.

As participating organizations of the year-long cohort, we expect:

  • Each organization will be asked to have two or three participants from the organization, i.e. Executive Director, key staff, board member, or other organizational stakeholder.
  • Participants must have access to high-speed internet so as to participate fully in a 12-month-long, virtual, cohort-based program. Applicants do not need to be proficient in Zoom and/or Howspace as technical training sessions will be available.
  • Team members (at least one of the three members) are to attend all monthly sessions (2-3 hours per month).
  • Teams are to complete assignments and come prepared for one-on-one sessions (2-3 hours per month).
  • Teams are to participate in the program evaluation process through interviews and surveys (1 hour per month).
  • More details will be provided in the Participation Agreement.

October 2, 2023—Application Opens 

October 23, 2023—Info Session

November 1, 2023—Info Session 

November 7–9, 2023—Assistance Days

November 10, 2023—Application Deadline

November 27, 2023—Interviews Begin

December 15, 2023—Acceptance Announced

January, 2024—Program Begins

Program participants will receive:

  • A year of professional development training and capacity-building workshops related to the specific space needs and issues of participants, including, but not limited to fundamentals of real estate development, capital, and operational sources and uses, space planning, communications, and fundraising.
  • An average of 15-20 hours of one-on-one coaching and technical assistance.
  • The opportunity to build relationships with Native arts and cultural leaders who are navigating similar space-related challenges.
  • Comprehensive planning tools and templates that help advance space-related projects, paired with dedicated time and guidance so that participants can implement them.
  • Introductions to real estate development and industry professionals from around the country.
  • The opportunity to develop both a written case statement and a “pitch” presentation for one’s space-related project for funders and other key stakeholders.

Monthly meetings alternate between curriculum-based workshops and panel discussions. All meetings begin and end with culturally relevant and intentional grounding exercises. Curriculum-based workshops feature about an hour of content delivery and a half hour of group activities, which can include smaller group discussions, worksheet completion, writing prompts, etc. Panel discussion sessions usually feature two or three presenters and then allow time for direct questions and group discussions.

There is no cost to participate in the Pathways program. Cohort organizations will receive a $4,000.00 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Please feel free to email or to contact Alyssa Kelley, Interim Program Manager, at

Info Sessions

For a general overview of the Pathways program and to ask any questions that you may have, join one of our informational meetings via Zoom on either Monday, October 23, 2023 or Wednesday, November 1, 2023. 

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Assistance Days

Optional assistance days will be available November 7-9, 2023 to help applicants through the application process. Interested applicants may register for a 30-minute appointment to review any substantive or technical application issues. Participation in these optional sessions is not required to apply to the program. Appointments will be held between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT.

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Visit our program page to learn more about our approach and past cohorts.

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