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authentically cherokee artist accelerator
*funded by the U.s. Small business administration



Designed to grow the capacity and expand the audience of a group of contemporary, Native artists in Cherokee, North Carolina, ONABEN'S Authentically Cherokee Artist Accelerator project has opened a bountiful door of opportunity for Eastern Band of Cherokee artists. The project has included the development of the Authentically Cherokee brand, as well as on-site and virtual marketplaces to support the continued growth of participating Cherokee art businesses.



ONABEN and our local community partner, Sequoyah Fund, launched the Authentically Cherokee website in June 2016. The site provides users from around the globe with an enriching cultural experience while they are shopping for unique handmade pieces created by Cherokee artists. 


Visit Authentically Cherokee Site

The project also included annual art markets in Asheville. Watch the video below to get an inside look at these inspirational events.

2015 Authentically Cherokee Asheville Art Market



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