AIANTA is Seeking a Qualified Graphic Designer/ Artist
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is seeking a graphic artist or designer to create a series of original clip art graphics to be utilized throughout AIANTA’s domestic and international marketing programs. This opportunity is open to all artists; however, preference will be given to artists who are of Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian descent.
The selected candidate will produce 40-50 pieces of original black & white icons/graphics (no greater than one inch by one inch). Final ideas for icons will be submitted by the artist to AIANTA upon successful negotiation of terms, but these icons will represent images/ideas important to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. The final image set may include iconic graphics such as water, trees, drums, bison, etc.
The original artwork will be used by AIANTA throughout the entirety of its marketing campaigns, including those directed at tribal nations involved in the business of creating and promoting tribal tourism. AIANTA will further use the imagery in marketing campaigns targeted towards the traveling public looking to visit indigenous communities throughout the U.S.
The clip art may further be shared with and/or used by tribal nations in their own marketing campaigns.
The artist agrees to produce this artwork without limitations for the usage by AIANTA. The artist further grants AIANTA 100 percent rights to use and share the artwork. The artist may or may not receive credit for his/her work, depending on the project in which the work is used.
The artwork will:
- Be original artwork to be utilized exclusively by AIANTA and its designated partners.
- Authentically reflect the unique culture and heritage of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
- Will not resort to stereotypes or other misrepresentations of Native culture.
- Will celebrate indigenous culture and heritage in a way that is joyful, respectful of tribal culture and also welcoming to visitors and non-native audiences.
- Will serve as a signature set of graphics for AIANTA, which in its entirety will reflect multiple regions and Native cultures and will not wholly represent one culture at the expense of others.
- Proposals may be submitted by established and/or emerging artists living in the United States. While new or student artists are encouraged to apply, only applications from artists with portfolios will be accepted. Preference will be given to artists of Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian descent.
- The commissioned artist(s) will work with AIANTA within strict deadline parameters.
- In their proposals, applicants must include all elements requested in this RFP to be considered for the position.
April 9, 2021 (Letters of Interest Due)
Initial artist proposal/letter of interest (see How to Apply below) are due to AIANTA by April 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT
April 15, 2021 (Invited Artists)
AIANTA will notify qualified candidates who will be moving to the next round by 5 p.m. MDT, April 15, 2021.
April 16, 2021 (Artist Interviews)
AIANTA will interview qualified candidates on April 16, 2021.
April 23, 2021 (Initial Artist Concepts Due)
Invited artists will be asked to provide one original sample piece (based upon the above qualifications). Sample pieces will be due to AIANTA by April 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT.
April 30, 2021
The successful candidate will be notified by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2021 MDT.
May 14, 2021
First round artwork concepts will be due May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT.
May 21, 2021
Second round artwork concepts will be due May 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT.
May 28, 2021
Third round artwork concepts (if necessary) will be due May 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT.
The project must be completed and print-ready by June 4, 2021
Project budget to be paid upon timely and satisfactory completion: $2,500.
How to Apply
Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:
- Letter of Interest: (no more than one page), which will include your name, contact information, social media handles, and one or two sentences on why you are interested in this project and what makes you the ideal candidate.
- Proposed budget: The budget will include the total number of designs to be provided based upon budget parameters. Please note, the budget limit for any proposal is $2,500. All budgets must allow for an original submission of all icons, as well as up to three rounds of edits/suggestions.
- Artist statement: No more than 200 words in length, describing your work.
- Current resume.
- Three personal/professional references.
- Work samples: Please submit samples via a link to an online site or portal or by PDF. Please do not provide original design concepts unless specifically asked by AIANTA to participate in the second round of artist selection.
- Optional support materials: Include up to three pieces of support materials such as reviews, news articles, personal comments or recommendations that speak to your work and professionalism as an artist.
Full proposals, letters of interest and supporting materials must be received by 5 p.m. (MDT) on April 9, 2021. Proposals and supporting materials are to be sent to Ariel Richardson, Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Inc. (AIANTA)
2401 – 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
For nearly two decades, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has served as the national center for providing tourism and recreational travel technical assistance, training and capacity building to American Indian nations. AIANTA is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association of Native American tribes and tribal businesses and was incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.
AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.