Overview and Mission

Our History

Red Earth, Inc. began in 1978 with the establishment of the Center of the American Indian, a museum dedicated to showcasing Native American arts.

In 1987, a group of influential community and tribal leaders founded the Red Earth Festival to showcase Native dance and art. The two groups merged in 1992 to create Red Earth, Inc., which is now one of the most respected organizations of its type in the United States. 

Student makes his own Cherokee Basket during a Red Earth Art Center class.Our Mission

For over 40 years Red Earth, Inc has been recognized as a multi-cultural resource in Oklahoma for advancing the understanding and continuation of traditional and contemporary Native culture and art.  

Our mission is very simple: To promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.

When the Red Earth Art Center reopens in the ground floor lobby of the BancFirst Tower in 2021 it will also provide an outlet for Native artists to sell their art to the public.

The juried art competition and events surrounding the annual Red Earth Festival have established Oklahoma City as a Native art and cultural center, rivaling other southwestern cities as a showcase of Native art.

Red Earth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.