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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP)

Grants to Oregon Artists for Apprenticeships
in Traditional and Cultural Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Folklife Network (OFN)

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 5:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 to Oregon artists for apprenticeships in traditional arts. Applicants should call the funding source before applying. Grants are intended to primarily fund the instruction fees of the mentor. Remaining funds may be used for travel for mentors and apprentices plus necessary supplies (e.g., wood, grasses, leather, beads).

To apply, mentors and apprentices propose a plan and submit a joint application.

Traditional arts express a community's heritage and living cultural practices. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) recognizes the knowledge and skills of folk and traditional artists by assisting accomplished mentors to pass on their living traditions to promising apprentices of the same cultural heritage and community.

Communities may consist of ethnic, tribal, occupational, regional, and religious groups. Traditional artists tend to learn informally, in small groups or from one-on-one interactions over long periods of time and practice. Community members acquire their cultural knowledge and skills by observation and imitation.

Oregon's traditional arts include but are not limited to: Southeast Asian dance, Mexican-American embroidery, Americana fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, Native American basket weaving, and Northwest logger poetry.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151972

Estimated Size of Grant:

Apprenticeship awards are typically between $3,000 - $4,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Mentors must be US citizens, or authorized to work in the US, and legal residents of Oregon. Applicants should call the funding source before applying.

Funding may not be used for permanent equipment (e.g., musical instruments, tools, electronic recording devices).

(1) TAAP awardees working with minor apprentices—under 18 years of age and at least 14 years of age—must undergo a background check, training, and submit a signed statement verifying that a third person will be present at all lessons. These steps will be conducted free of charge upon award, are required by the University of Oregon, and protect both master and apprentice.

(2) College students are not eligible to participate in TAAP. Cultural revival and re-enactment are also not eligible for TAAP.

(3) TAAP awardees are ineligible for a repeat award following the year they received the award, but will be eligible again after sitting out for one year. The same condition applies to TAAP awardees in the same household. TAAP applicants are not eligible if a household member received an award in the previous year, but everyone in the household will be eligible again after sitting out for one year.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should call the funding source before applying.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) Timeline:
- April 1st: Application deadline - Applications must be received by 5:00pm on April 1st, 2019. This is not a postmark deadline.
- May: Panel review
- September-November: Applicant notifications; Contracts prepared
- November-December: First payment sent; Apprenticeship begins
- January-June: OFN staff visits mentor to document tradition (interview and photo/video)
- March-June: Public presentations; OFN sends final Evaluation Report forms
- June: Final payment sent after artists submit Evaluation Report forms

Call OFN if you plan to apply with an apprentice who is a family member, a minor, if you are applying with the same apprentice again, or if you are applying with more than one apprentice (max 4).

The Oregon Folklife Network is dedicated to providing equal access to the TAAP application process. For help with your application or language translation please contact the office!

- OFN requires three letters of support from people who know the mentor’s work.
- Include at least one and no more than three letters from people who know the apprentice’s work, but not from the proposed mentor.

Contact Information:

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

Email submissions: sign, scan, and email completed application (including all support materials) as attachments to:

Hard copy submissions: send or hand-deliver a signed, hard copy of your completed application (including all support materials) to the address below.

Emily West Hartlerode
Oregon Folklife Network
242 Knight Library
6204 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-6204

Phone: 541-346-3820

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon