Ink People Center to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

North Star Quest Camp for Girls

North Star Quest Camp for Girls [Photo by Kati Texas]

Press release from the Ink People:

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Ink People Center for the Arts for their DreamMaker Program.

The Ink People nurtures over 90 DreamMaker projects engaging the community in cultural development. They offer nonprofit management and leadership training for community and artist initiated projects such as North Coast Open Studios , North Star Quest Camp for Adolescent Girls, English Express language classes, and the Institute of Native Knowledge who preserve and promote the language and culture of local Native American tribes.

Institute of Native Knowledge [Photo courtesy of the Ink People]

Project leaders use art and culture to address and provide solutions for community challenges as well as personal dreams. The highly successful package of DreamMaker services includes shared resources, the Circle of Emerging Leaders, technical assistance, administrative support and individualized coaching. According to Executive Director Libby Maynard, “We are continuously evaluating and receiving feedback to make the program more effective and to further weave the arts into the fabric of our community to make it healthier and a better place to live & raise our children.” 

Patricia Sundgren Smith in her studio [Photo by Monica Topping]

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. 

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the Ink People, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

For more about the Ink People and their DreamMaker Program, visit



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