The Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) Arts and Education Association was founded in June 2017 by the HTEDC Board of Directors in Flagstaff, Arizona, to enable the Annual Hopi Arts and Cultural Festival to sustain its efforts through larger donations and grant funds. A three-member Board of Directors was established. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status was attained in November 2017. In April 2018, the Festival Committee was formed, to enact polices that will guide the event.
In 2010, when the United States fell into recession, HTEDC started the Hopi Market to help a handful of Hopi artists with a temporary source of income, so they could provide for their families. After the first year of the market, HTEDC realized this market was not only providing income to Hopi artists, but boosting the City of Flagstaff’s tourist economy by attracting visitors. HTEDC continued the market at the request of Hopi artists, providing a venue for them to sell their art as well as gain exposure of their work. In its first two years, the festival brought Hopi youth, Hopi elders, a Hopi cultural specialist, anthropologist, and archaeologist together to learn from one another about Hopi culture, tradition, history, and most importantly, roles and responsibilities associated with Hopi youth via Northern Arizona University’s Footprints of our Ancestors Program. In 2012, it provided educational supplies using festival-generated funds to Hopi Elementary, Keams Canyon Elementary, First Mesa