Ernest Chris Hill has spent a lot of time in the Navajo Nation.
During his visits, Hill noticed that there is a strong effort to hold on to artistic traditions.
As executive director of Soul of Nations Inc., Hill hopes to guide the organization to help uplift the vast number of displaced indigenous communities throughout the Americas.
This is the reason the organization is holding the Brea Foley Portrait Competition.
The event will showcase and celebrate cultural art created by Native American youths.
“We’ve been reaching out to high schools and colleges for students to apply for the competition,” he says.
The competition is named after Foley, a co-founder of Soul of Nations.
Hill says the objective of the competition is to recognize and highlight the gifts and talents of Navajo youths through merit.
Hill, a student at Howard University in Washington D.C., says the competition will also highlight cultural art.
“A lot of schools don’t have art curriculum today,” he says. “We want to highlight every aspect.”
Soul of Nations is also working with the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz., to have an exhibit with the winner’s work.
“There are opportunities for the winner’s work to be in a gallery,” he says. “There are various galleries who are showing interest in being sponsors. We’re exploring all of our options.”
The competition is open for enrolled students ages 15-21 living in the Navajo Nation.
Those interested in the competition can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition begins on April 25, and applications are due by April 21.
A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winner, who will be announced during the reception held at the Navajo Nation Museum on May 6.