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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Master Folk Artists
to Teach Traditional Arts to Apprentices

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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04/05/18 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,500 to New Jersey master folk artists and craftspersons to mentor apprentices in folk and traditional arts. Funding is intended to enable traditional communities to pass down their wisdom of traditional art forms. Priority will be given to applications that support art forms that are in danger of being lost or help to preserve an endangered language.

Through its Folk Arts Program, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts provides support tailored to the needs of communities and their traditional folk artists and folk arts activities. Grants to organizations support community-based folk arts activities, as well as events and projects that bring them to other audiences.

The Council will place a higher priority for support for applications that represent:
-Endangered arts and arts that help preserve endangered languages that are disappearing due to the lack of master artists, materials, marketable means to attract the general public or the community’s youth population.
-Community based that are valuable to communities, but not likely involved in professional individual networks or taught in a formal or institutional process.
-The broad diversity of communities and art forms of the state that have not previously been supported through the Apprenticeship program.

The panel of folk arts specialists will review each application on the following criteria:
-Excellence of the master artist, as demonstrated in support materials
-Preparation and commitment of the apprentice, as demonstrated in support materials and indicated in application
-Shared cultural heritage of master and apprentice
-Traditionality of the art form within the shared community of the master and apprentice
-Adequacy and appropriateness of the work plan and budget

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GrantWatch ID#: 154141

Estimated Size of Grant:

Apprenticeship awards will vary with the proposed work plan, but will not exceed $3,500. At least 80% of the award must be used to compensate the master for his or her time, with the remainder used for travel, materials, or supplies.

Term of Contract:

Apprenticeships may be carried out any time between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Apprenticeships are eligible for funding for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A master folk artist is someone who has learned a traditional art as part of community life and has attained a high level of excellence in the eyes of other community members. An apprentice is someone from the same cultural group who has demonstrated the ability and commitment to learning and practicing the traditional art of the master.

Apprentices must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of this grant application deadline and must be residents of New Jersey. Students enrolled in out-of-state educational institutions are eligible as long as they retain their NJ resident status. Verification of residency will be required. Apprentices are encouraged to work with master folk artists who are also residents of New Jersey whenever possible.

Master and apprentice should be members of the same cultural group that share identity based on religion, occupation, ethnicity, language, or location and have learned the art or craft in traditional community settings rather than formal public institutions.

Apprentices who have received two consecutive years of Council Apprenticeship funds may not reapply to the program for the next three consecutive years.

Grant funds may not be used for foreign travel, hospitality costs, capital improvements, the purchase of permanent equipment or to support on-going, school-based classes.

A master artist may be proposed by no more than two apprentice applicants in a single grant cycle. It is the responsibility of the applying apprentice and the master to comply with this requirement. If two apprenticeships that include the same master are funded, the training must still be conducted one-on-one and not in a group or class setting.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Application Workshops:

Registration is required. Contact the Folk Arts Program Officer to schedule a workshop specifically for your community or organization (details below).

Workshops Schedule:
February 23, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Down Jersey Folklife Center
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd.
Millville, NJ 08332

February 28, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m.
March 19, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
33 West State Street, 4th Flr.
Trenton, NJ 08625

March 3, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Jersey Shore Folklife Center/Tuckerton Seaport
120 Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

March 4, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Library
500 Hoes Ln,
Piscataway, NJ 08854 ·

March 7, 2018 1pm – 2:30 pm
Passaic County Community College
Hamilton Club Building
32 Church Street, 1st floor,
Paterson, NJ 07505

March 9, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Perkins Center for the Arts
395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Karen El Amin 856-235-6488

Pre-Application Information:

The online application and support materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM on April 5, 2018.

All potential applicants are encouraged to contact Folk Arts Program Officer Kim Nguyen to discuss the application and how best to develop it.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts utilizes the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) for submission of all grant applications. First time users must register in the SAGE system (link below). Please note it can take up to 48 hours for an account to activate. The application must be submitted in English.

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

Kim Nguyen, Program Officer

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Folk Arts Apprenticeships
PO Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey