Call for Graphic Designer–Custom Clip Art

The Project

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association 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 proposal deadline is June 4, 2021.

The Award

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 to the artist by AIANTA upon successful negotiation of terms, but these icons will roughly represent images/ideas important to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. These images may include water, trees, drums, bison, etc.

Project Intent

The original artwork will be used by AIANTA throughout the entirety of its marketing campaigns, including educational programs designed for 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 use by AIANTA. Additionally, the artist grants AIANTA 100 percent rights to use and share the artwork as it sees fit. The artist will be recognized in an initial press release distributed by AIANTA, but will not receive individual credit every time the clip art pieces are 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 false stereotypes or other misrepresentations of Native culture.
  • Will celebrate indigenous culture and heritage in a way that is joyful, respectful of tribal culture and is also welcoming to visitors and non-native audiences.
  • Will serve as a signature set of graphics for AIANTA, which will reflect multiple regions and Native cultures and will not wholly represent one tribe, nation, reservation or culture.


  • RFPs 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 some form of portfolio 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.
  • Applicants must complete this RFP in its entirety for consideration.


Proposals (including proposed budget): Due to AIANTA: June 4, 2021
Finalist notifications: June 11, 2021
Finalist interviews: June 14-18, 2021
Successful candidate notified: June 21, 2021
Rough concept art due: July 2, 2021
Annual Report due: July 9, 2021
Text edits, final edits due to designer July 16, 2021
The project must be completed and print ready by July 23, 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 Artwork Concept: This proposal shall include five-ten ideas for potential icons (please do not submit original artwork, only ideas for icons, such as Appaloosa, ocean waves, jingle dress dancer, corn husk, etc.).
  • Proposed Budget: The budget will include how many designs will be created within budget parameters. Please note, the budget limit for any RFP 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.

Full RFPs and materials must be received by 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 4, 2021. Materials will be sent to Ariel Richardson, Office Manager at

Company Information:

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Inc. (AIANTA)
2401 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM  87104

AIANTA Background

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.

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