SUPPORT INDIGENOUS ARTISTS AT PROJECT ANTELOPE
Hotly anticipated online marketplace for Native creatives is live!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tailinh Agoyo | firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia — A brand-new marketplace for Indigenous artists is now open for buyers and sellers, coinciding with the start of Native American Heritage Month and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Shop now at projectantelope.com.
Project Antelope connects Indigenous artists to the global art economy with a curated collection of fine arts, fashion, books, music, and home goods available for a variety of tastes and interests, as well as price points, from high-end collectibles to stocking stuffers.
“It’s time for a radical shift in the Indigenous art world,” says Project Antelope co-founder Tailinh Agoyo. “Native art is a billion-dollar business, but for too long, the value of our work has been determined by non-Natives, our traditional artforms routinely appropriated and cheapened, and most of our sales relegated to certain seasons in certain areas of the country. We’re shattering these outmoded constructs with a sophisticated online platform where customers can shop year-round—and trust that the art comes from the source.”
The site has been slowly rolling out since early summer, and new artists are joining weekly. Jewelry, visual art, music, fashion, and even hand crafted guitars are now available for purchase at projectantelope.com. Featured artists include Kristin Gentry (Choctaw Nation), Dawn Spears (Narragansett), Gordell Wright (Shinnecock), Priscilla Bell Lamberty (Black and Taino), and NiCole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa).
“As I struggle to navigate my way through the Native art scene, through the gatekeepers and cool people, my career is often at their mercy,” says Summer Peters, a Saginaw Ojibwe artist known for her beadwork and fashion. “Colleen Farwell and Tailinh Agoyo have believed in me from the first time I met them and provided me with opportunities to grow my sales and feed my children.”
Project Antelope was founded by Tailinh Agoyo (COO/CMO), Colleen Farwell (CEO/CFO), and Avery Amaya (CSO). Agoyo served as head of design for Monitor Group’s West Coast offices and director of public relations, marketing, and programming for SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market. Since 2016, she has directed We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust, a Philadelphia-based non-profit committed to amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts. Farwell is founder and CEO of Black Canyon Distribution, which provides services to and is licensed by Indigenous communities throughout the West and Midwest. She is the author of the children’s book I Will Carry You, featuring illustrations that interpret the works of six Indigenous artists. Amaya is the vice president of growth and strategy for retail at Genzeon Corp, and has served as chief revenue officer at Workarea Commerce, vice president of sales for VTEX North America, and regional vice president of retail growth at OSF Digital.
For more information about the artists and founders, visit projectantelope.com. For interviews with artists, founders, or for images of art available at Project Antelope, contact Tailinh Agoyo at email@example.com.