UNRESERVED launched with Kellogg grant

Dear Editor,

Gail Bruce and Michael Chapman, co-Founders of UNRESERVED: American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance, announce their first grant of $400,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Founded in 2009, UNRESERVED’s mission is to raise the profile of American Indians, bringing untapped talent to the global marketplace by delivering business opportunities to the reservations and developing employment pathways for Indian nations through culture, creativity and commerce.

The organization will foster emerging American Indian artists interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the worlds of fashion and art through internships, mentoring programs and career opportunities, while raising awareness about American Indians and their thriving creative communities. “This is an extraordinary gesture by the Kellogg Foundation for it enables us to dream big and deeply explore opportunities in art and fashion. The grant will help bring Native visions and voices to the forefront of these two arenas,” said Chapman.

The non-profit will mark its launch at the 87th Annual Indian Market taking place in Sante Fe, New Mexico, the weekend of August 22nd & 23rd 2009. The inaugural event will take place on August 22nd with Jill Momaday, Chief of Protocol with the Department of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico, serving as Event Chair.

Mohamed Alladin

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