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2020 Master-Apprentice Artist Award

Grants to Arizona Master Artists and Apprentices
for Training in Traditional Art Forms

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA)

Deadline Date:

05/01/20

Description:

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Grants to Arizona artists and apprentices for training in traditional and folk art forms. Funding is intended to support master artists and other experts of cultural traditions and to train apprentices. Funding is also intended for a wide range of traditional artists, including but not limited to:

  • Artisans: weavers, basket makers, jewelers, mask makers
  • Occupational folklife practitioners: adobe brick makers, leather workers, ironworkers
  • Oral tradition practitioners: storytellers, musicians, poets
  • Performing arts practitioners: dancers, traditional garment makers, ritual object makers

The SFA Master-Apprentice Award seeks to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona. With the goal of strengthening the transmission of community-based traditions in the region, it fosters and supports the critical teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices.

The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in a traditional artistic practice. The highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. Funds can be used to help cover artist fees, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171112

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$30,000

Number of Grants:

SFA will make ten awards to artists and ten awards to apprentices.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $2,500 awards to artists
- $500 awards to apprentices

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant nominees must be:
- United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, or have permission from the U.S. Department of Immigration to work in the United States
- Full-time residents of Arizona for a minimum of one full year
- Master Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age.
- Recipients must remain residents of Arizona for the duration of the award year.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- May 1, 2020: Nomination Deadline
- May 15, 2020: Application Notification
- June 30, 2020: Application Deadline
- August 30, 2020: Award Notification
- September 30, 2020: Award Disbursement
- TBD: SFA staff site visit

Artists are first nominated by peers within their community, cultural institutions, apprentices, or by self-nomination. Once a nomination has been made, SFA will invite nominees to apply. Only artists who have been nominated AND invited will be eligible.

Once invited to complete an application you will be paired with SFA staff who will answer any questions you may have about the program and offer technical assistance with submission of a full application on the submittable portal.

Contact Information:

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

Guidelines and nomination form:
https://southwestfolklife.submittable.com/submit/160342/2020-master-apprentice-nomination-form

For questions and concerns please contact:
Nelda Ruiz
Program Coordinator
520-621-4046
nruiz33@email.arizona.edu

Southwest Folklife Alliance
PO Box 42044
Tucson AZ 85733
swfolklife@gmail.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona

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