Turtle Mountain to host artist training seminar

In partnership with the First Peoples Fund, a national organization committed to supporting and honoring Indian artists, the Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association will host a Native Artist Professional Development Training session for local and regional artists in the region looking to develop their skills, connections and business models.

The two-day training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at Heart of the Turtle, 3 S. Main St., Suite 1, in Minot.

The training is free to artists, and advanced registration is encouraged at

(firstpeoplesfund.org). At the two-day training, artists will learn how to market their art, set budgets and pricing structures, develop a business plan and more.

“This training is a great way for artists at any stage in their career to start or expand an arts business, whether it be a newcomer unsure about the pricing of their art or a more experienced artist hoping to grow their customer base,” said Logan Anderson, program manager for non-profit partnerships at First Peoples Fund. “Everything we do is designed to honor and protect traditional and cultural values, while helping Native artists succeed and thrive as business people.”

Joseph H. Neesho Migizi Marion, the executive director of the Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association, has seen firsthand the transformation artists go through during the two-day program, which views the business of art and expression as cultural leadership-and positions artists to actualize a vision of success that fits within their cultural principles.

Marion said a professional development training held by First Peoples Fund that he attended last December awakened an energy, spirit and ownership in the participants for their art that he had not seen in any other type of training.

“We had people attend who came in and said, ‘I’m not an artist, but I would like to attend,'” he recalled. “The interesting thing was that they actually were artists. They were designing and running a t-shirt company, or creating traditional star quilts. They walked away owning who they were as artists, and had the tools and resources they needed to be successful entrepreneurs.”

Marion also said that he had never seen so much emotion and pride in the artists as they got up to talk about-and show-their artwork to others in attendance.

For more information on the Native Artists Professional Development Training, call Marion at 838-8739 or visit