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2021 Master-Apprentice Artist Award

Grants to Arizona Master Artists and Apprentices
to Foster the Continuity of Traditional Art Forms

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA)

Deadline Date:

05/01/21

Description:

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Awards to Arizona artists and apprentices to foster the continuity of traditional and folk art forms. Funding is intended to support experienced artists and other experts of cultural traditions to train apprentices. Eligible uses of funding include travel, materials, and general support of the master artist.

The Southwest Folklife Alliance (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/mentees.

The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a one-year long 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. Apprentices have to demonstrate an existing relationship with the master artist and an intermediate level experience in the art form. The award can be used to support the master artist, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange. 

Applicants include a wide variety of artists, including those working in traditions including, but not limited to:

  • Handcrafts: weavers; basket makers; jewelers; makers of masks, ritual objects, textiles
  • Occupational folklife: adobe makers, leather workers, ironworkers, foodways workers
  • Oral traditions: storytellers, poets
  • Performing arts: dancers, vocalists, musicians

Preference is given to artforms or cultural communities not currently being supported by SFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171112

Estimated Size of Grant:

Traditional artists & culture bearers receive a $5,000; apprentices receive $500.

Term of Contract:

One year

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, 2021: Nomination Deadline
- May 15, 2021: Application Notification
- July 31, 2021: Application Deadline
- September 30, 2021: Award Notification
- October 31, 2021: Award disbursement
- TBA-SFA staff site visit

Artists are first nominated by peers within their community, cultural institutions, apprentices, or by self-nomination. SFA then invites nominees to apply. Once invited to complete an application artists 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.

Press Release: https://southwestfolklife.org/seeking-nominations-for-sfas-2021-master-apprentice-artist-award/
Guidelines: https://southwestfolklife.submittable.com/submit/186543/2021-master-apprentice-award-nomination-form

Contact Information:

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

Online Nomination Form: https://southwestfolklife.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f186543%2f2021-master-apprentice-award-nomination-form

For questions and concerns please contact:
Nelda Ruiz, Program Coordinator
520-621-4046
nruiz33@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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