The Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance (MNIBA) is asking for your support to reach our goal of $5,000. Your gifts will support Indigenous entrepreneurs like Chholing Taha to have access to markets and business supports they need.
Your donation to MNIBA is crucial, and we will explain why... MNIBA is a critical resource hub for emerging and established Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists. When we combine their strengths with our strengths, the growth is unstoppable.
MNIBA is privileged to work with brilliant and innovative Indigenous artist entrepreneurs like Chholing Taha. We would like to introduce you to Chholing Taha and amazing artist and creative.
The Indigenous artist continues to refine his/her skills, use of improved materials, bold experimentation and incorporating new ideas and new attitudes that have been integrated, bringing about powerful results and stirring emotion.
Those that “color outside the lines” bring about inspiration and changes, and set precedence for other Indigenous artists. Art, as a communicator of meaning, has always been a part of all things created and honored by Indigenous peoples.
They link worlds and time together. Reminiscent of the old ones, some work the old art forms reverently implying their own spirit. Through their traditional and contemporary creations we are reminded of our connection to the Creator and Mother Earth.
The pandemic has devastated our communities at an unapparelled rate, we have suffered the highest number of deaths and our arts ecology and economy has been negatively impacted. In an effort to support our artist entrepreneurs MNIBA was able to supply small grants to artists for supplies and published and promoted a Winter Solstice Art Catalogue. The story was picked up nationally in the Native news and featured Chholing Taha's story.
"I wanted to let you know how successful your Winter Count catalog has been for me. I was very, very worried about this holiday season as 60% of the small shops who sold my prints and cards went permanently out of business. So I wasn't sure how things would go for me and my family. I am pleased to tell you I have had a 300% increase in sales and an unbelievable 1019% increase in traffic on my online store. Winter would have felt very different for me if folks like yourselves were not working hard for the community.
A big Chi Miigwetch to MNIBA for making this possible." -Chholing Taha, Shawlady.com
Your donation will secure our $5,000 goal so MNIBA will continue to grow and strengthen its resource hub and marketing opportunities to help grow Mni Sota Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists and continue to serve amazing artist entrepreneurs like Chholing Taha!