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Indigenous Arts Mentorship Training and Development

Grants to Manitoba Aboriginal Artists to Enhance
Skills and Promote Career Development

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Manitoba Arts Council (MAC)

Deadline Date:

09/25/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Manitoba Aboriginal artists to improve their skills and further their career development through mentorships, professional training, skills development, and apprenticeships. Funding is intended to promote excellence in the Aboriginal arts in Manitoba.

Eligible projects include skills development, apprenticeships, professional training, or mentorships that share artistic and cultural skills and knowledge.

Professional Aboriginal artists may request funds for projects such as:

- Training with a master traditional and contemporary artist/teachers on a short term basis
- A mentorship with a senior, established Aboriginal artist (maximum six weeks)
- An apprenticeship to acquire artistic knowledge from a senior artist
- Assistance from established professional artists in creating marketing initiatives including the development of portfolios of existing work
- Assistance from established professional artists in identifying opportunities for career development

Aboriginal artists may apply for a contribution towards the costs of travel, tuition, educational materials, accommodations, living expenses, attendance at performances, and in-studio research.

Eligible expenses include the fee for a monitor/mentor or elder and the cost of studio rental and artists’ fees to do research.

The travel portion of the grant may be used to cover inter-city air, rail, or bus tickets.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147796

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to a maximum of $5,000. Within this amount, the maximum amount allowed for living expenses is $2,000 per month.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to Indigenous artists who have at least one year of professional activity following basic training, including exhibition or presentation of their work, and are from the following designated Indigenous groups: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Individuals must be:
- Professional artists
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Residents of Manitoba

Applicants must have lived in Manitoba for at least one full year immediately preceding application to the Manitoba Arts Council.

Applicants who live in Manitoba may be absent from the province for a period of up to one year if:
- The absence is temporary (due to an artistic or educational opportunity)
- They do not apply for support from the jurisdiction of their temporary residence.

Professional artists:
- Have specialized training in at least one art form
- Are recognized by their peers as professional artists
- Can commit a significant amount of time to their artistic practice
- Have a history of professional public presentation or publication

Project costs incurred prior to the award notification (six to twelve weeks after the program deadline date, depending on the program) are ineligible.

Travel funds do not cover insurance, travel by a spouse or dependents, or the shipment of personal effects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due September 25, 2017. Project applicants are informed of funding decisions six to twelve weeks after the deadline date.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or drop off signed applications and materials to:

Manitoba Arts Council
525 – 93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1

Office Hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 PM). The main building doors are open from 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday. There is a 5th floor hallway drop-box for delivery of materials
outside of business hours.

For questions, contact:

Tracey Longbottom
(204) 945-3180

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Canada: Manitoba