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Available Grants

The Burke Museum has moved to a brand new facility! As we unpack, research visits to the main Burke campus cultural collections are closed until Fall 2019. To continue providing opportunities and collections until then access we have the following grant options:

NEW Artist Family Fellowship Grants
The Artist Family Fellowship is intended to support travel, study, production, and teaching. The term "artist family" refers to participants who are not necessarily related by blood, but related through their shared artistic goals and creative practices. This fellowship will support group travel for 3-6 people to another institution in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho with significant collections in the area of study designated by the artist family. BHC staff will accompany the group to provide support and guidance. Fellowship also includes funding for documentation, public and/or community presentations, and funds for Burke Museum to purchase new artworks from participants.

Mentor-Apprenticeship Grants
The Mentor-Apprenticeship Grant provides funding to support mentor artists in transference cultural and artistic knowledge with apprentices. Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho interested and qualified to mentor an apprentice of their choosing in Indigenous arts.

Workshop Grants
Workshop Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host workshops offsite in a local community. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Native arts. Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Visiting Researcher Grants - Starting in the Fall!
The Visiting Artist/Researcher Grant program provides funds for artists/researchers to travel to the Burke Museum after the opening of the New Burke Museum in Fall 2019. Proposals from artist/researchers whose projects would benefit from the study of the Northwest Coast and Plateau collections are encouraged. If needed, Bill Holm Center staff will help researchers and artists identify which collections are the best suited to provide the resources appropriate for their interests. Applicants are encouraged to review the Burke's online collections database before applying and indicate in their applications where they plan to study. 

About Us

The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art was established at the Burke Museum in 2003 to continue Bill Holm's legacy at the Burke Museum, which has made it one of the premier centers for the study of Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The Bill Holm Center mission is to:

  • Establish a globally accessible learning center at the Burke Museum
  • Promote scholarly research on Northwest Coast Native art
  • Increase Native and public access to research resources
  • Foster appreciation and understanding of Native art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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