In 2009, Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community Inc. was awarded a three-year USDA-Rural Business Economic Development Grant to implement a Native Arts Initiative through the Woodland Indian Art Center located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.
The Woodland Indian Art Center is home to a gallery featuring artwork from Native American artists from across the Woodland region. Traditional and contemporary artwork including beaded work, carvings, birch bark baskets, jewelry, paintings, and more are for sale. The Art Center offers classes, workshops, demonstrations, and a full range of Native artistic programming. The Art Center also works with musicians, writers, dancers, and other contemporary Native Artists. The Art Center also assists Native artists with entrepreneurial skill development, leadership training, financial literacy, technical assistance, mentoring, e-commerce, sales and marketing, and networking.
While a substantial percentage of Tribal members self-identify as artisans and engage in making Native Woodland arts and crafts, only about 2% of the total population are currently employed or making a living through their art. Tribal members worked with Northwoods NiiJii to identify the need for entrepreneurial training and investment in preserving and capitalizing on the Native arts and cultural assets of the community as a way toward achieving self-sufficiency and economic sustainability. The RBEG grant award lays the foundation for Northwoods NiiJii to develop future cultural capacity-building grants for Native arts and culture initiatives.
Wed-Fri: 11am-7 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
(Closed Mon & Tues)