Little Eagle Arts Foundation
Melanie Tallmadge Sainz
3889 River Rd
PO Box 523
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Text the word: LEAF To: 72727
- Folk Art
- Fine Art
- Native American
- Native Music and Dance Performance
- Cultural Presentations
- Art classes & workshops
- Native food
- Art education in-service for educators
Fundraisers We Support
- Friends of H.H. Bennett Studio
- Adams County Historical Society
- Stewards of the Dells of the Wisconsin River
- Adams Community Theatre
- Adams County Food Pantry
- Reedsburg Food Pantry
- Adams Food Pantry
- Reedsburg Food Pantry
- Aldo Leopold Foundation
- Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
- Man Mound National Historic Landmark
- Mount Horeb Driftless Historium
- Nature Center at Devil's Lake State Park
Hours of OperationOur Native Presence Gallery in Wis Dells, WI was closed in September '18. As we search for a better location to serve our artists visit us at our Native Art Marketplace events throughout the state.
For more information contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office(608) 253-4142
Little Eagle arts foundation was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to cultural preservation through the promotion of art, creativity, and community.
Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting American Indian art by cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit of American Indian/First Nations artists in order to achieve success and promote a cycle of economic security in Indian Country.
1) Serve as an incubator for new and emerging American Indian/First Nations artists to create traditional and contemporary art and acquire the entrepreneurial knowledge and business acumen for a successful career in the arts
Selected LEAF artists will be paired with a successful professional American Indian artist mentor, learn about and create art in a professional artist studio environment, study and enrich their knowledge of art and culture through hands-on access to a museum quality collection of art and artifacts, and engage in a rigorous curriculum that blends art making with the art of business.
2) Maintain a gallery, gift shop, cafe, and public programs that maintain a reputation for exceptional American Indian art and American Indian cultural art education materials
LEAF will develop and maintain a retail gift shop that features products distributed by American Indian owned companies and art education materials pertinent to American Indian/First Nations people. The Native Presence Gallery will feature curated exhibits containing the art of LEAF affiliated artists and the objects of the Roger and Bernadine Tallmadge Memorial Collection. LEAF’s Indian Art Market events will gain a reputation as the “Santa Fe of the Midwest”.
3) Build community through access to cultural preservation of the arts, professional teaching artists, and a professional art studio center
A full range of free and fee-based art classes and workshops will be available to LEAF members and visitors, American Indian and non-Indian, youth through adult. Research and studio experiences will emphasize the cultivation of the art forms indigenous to American Indian/First Nations people, as well as integrate traditional and contemporary Western fine and folk art forms. A variety of professional teaching artists will be featured throughout the annual calendar year.
4) Develop a model for success that can be shared and applied to any American Indian/First Nations community throughout Indian Country
Art has shown to be a vehicle for economic stability in communities across the United States. The LEAF business model for success will be accessible to any American Indian community that is interested in developing an incubator for new artists that contributes to the overall betterment of the broader community.