The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center founded the Native American Student Art Show in 1979 to encourage Native youth to learn a craft and develop their own creativity, recognizing that the future preservation and evolution of our culture lies with today’s children.
The young artists of NASAS have the choice of selling their artistic works during the show, with 100 percent of each purchase going directly to the young artist. Every student artist whose work is displayed receives a certificate of participation, and the IPCC awards cash prizes in the following categories: Mixed Media, Drawing/Painting, Jewelry, Three-Dimensional, and Best in Show.
Cash prizes and sales of their artwork help encourage our youth to remain connected to our culture, simultaneously opening doors to future sources of income as they continue to explore and hone their artistic skills. Our youth are our future, and each year we invite students to think critically about their role and responsibility in the survival of our culture. NASAS is one of the best ways to explore these concepts from an early age.
The Native American Student Art Show is just one of the many ways we carry out our mission to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture. Interested in being part of our mission? There’s a wide variety of ways you can help. Find out more below.