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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship Awards to Wisconsin Artists to
Learn Traditional Art Forms from Master Artists

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Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)

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Deadline Date:

03/11/21 Postmarked (if applicable)


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Apprenticeship awards of up to $3,500 to Wisconsin artists to learn traditional art forms from master artists. First-time applicants must notify the funding source of their intent to apply prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used to compensate the instructing artist for his or her time and remaining funds may be used for supplies, materials, or travel. Preference will be given to apprentices who are from the same cultural community as the instructing artist.

Folk Arts Apprenticeships are designed to strengthen and preserve Wisconsin's diverse cultural traditions by supporting direct passage of knowledge and skills embedded in traditional arts. Skilled and experienced folk or traditional artists teach committed and talented apprentices of their choosing. The instructing master artist should be locally or regionally respected in a traditional art form important to a cultural community in Wisconsin.

Priority is given to apprenticeships that will help ensure the continuation of a traditional art form in a community where it has value and a traditional place. Successful apprenticeships very often are based upon close and frequent personal contact; the work plan should reflect this. The apprenticeship requires the master artist and apprentice to do a public presentation in their community at the end of the working year. The presentation should be appropriate to the art form, such as a small exhibit, a performance, or a workshop/demonstration in a local community setting.

Art Forms:
Apprenticeships must involve art forms that are rooted in a community where they have value and a traditional place. Any folk or traditional art forms - from basketry to old time music, from beadwork and embroidery to ethnic dance and singing, from instrument building to traditional foodways - as carried on by members of Wisconsin’s various cultural groups, are eligible. These cultural groups are communities that emerge from shared ethnicity, language, religion, occupation, recreational pursuit, or geographic region. Traditional arts are often carried with immigrant and migrant communities as they establish themselves in new homes. Priority will be given to instruction in art forms that are in danger of being lost or that help to preserve an endangered language.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168952

Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,500 is the maximum award possible.

Term of Contract:

Apprenticeship start and end dates must be between July 1, 2021 and May 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Master Artists should be recognized as exemplary practitioners of a traditional art form within their cultural community - held in high regard by their peers for their skill, knowledge, and community-based practice. Their mastery of the art form should have developed within a traditional context, which can include learning from an elder, through observation of peers, or by self-instruction. Master artists will work as instructing artists in the apprenticeship. Prior teaching experience is not required but is an asset.

Apprentices should have some experience in the proposed art or a related art form, display motivation to learn deeply about the art, and care about it continuing in the community. The instructing artist should have confidence and see potential in the apprentice. Preference will be given to apprentices who are from the same cultural community as the instructing artist. WAB recognizes that the standard one-on-one master-apprentice partnership might not fit the framework of some traditional art forms. If the nature of the art form allows, more than one apprentice may work with the same master artist at one time. Please contact Folk and Traditional Arts staff with any questions regarding alternative models. If the apprentice has been part of a prior award with the master artist, explain why the team needs another year of working together.

Both the Master Artist and Apprentice(s) must be Wisconsin residents.

Returning Applicants are not eligible to apply if they have received an apprenticeship award for three consecutive years; they may reapply after waiting one year.

Both the instructing artist and apprentice should be committed to preserving and advancing the art form. Apprentices should have some experience in the proposed art or a related art form, display motivation to learn deeply about the art, and care about it continuing in the community. Preference will be given to apprentices who are from the same cultural community as the instructing artist.

Apprentices cannot be immediate family members under the age of 18 or living in the same household as the master artist. If an apprentice is a family member and there have been special circumstances that affected cultural transmission from occurring naturally (adult child living somewhere else; family of divorce; child raised in foster care, etc.), please explain the situation. Other apprentices who are minors must have their parent’s or guardian’s written permission to be a part of the program.

Pre-Application Information:

- Friday, February 26, 2021: (First time applicants only) Notify the Arts Board of intent to apply. Notification can be in the form of an email or phone call. Include a brief description of the intended apprenticeship.
- Thursday, March 11, 2021: Application and postmark (if applicable) deadline
- April 23, 2021: Review panel convenes virtually to review applications
- May 2021: Wisconsin Arts Board meets to make grant determinations
- Mid May - June 2021: Arts Board makes grant award announcements. Contracts are available via SmartSimple.
- After July 1, 2021: Upon receipt of signed contracts, payment of 1st portion of award
Please note: The Arts Board cannot guarantee an exact timeframe for payment. It is possible that grant checks may not be sent until late Fall, depending on State Legislative and Administrative action.
- June 30, 2022: Final report deadline - Upon acceptance of the final report by WAB, payment of 2nd and final portion of award

If you are unable to complete an electronic form, please contact the Arts Board to make alternative arrangements.

Applicants may consult with someone supportive in their community to help write the application. Apprentices may write the application for the master artist.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Notify the Arts Board of intent to apply to by email, call, or letter to:

Kaitlyn Berle, Folk Arts Specialist

Wisconsin Arts Board
PO Box 8690
Madison, WI 53708

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