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Folk and Traditional Arts Mentoring Project Grant

Grants to Wyoming Artists and Apprentices
to Share Cultural Arts and Traditions

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Wyoming Arts Council (WAC)

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Grants of $3,000 to Wyoming established artists and their apprentices to promote the transmission of shared traditional and folk art skills through hands-on training. Funding is intended for all forms of art, including music, crafts, dance, and more, as long as the applicants share a common cultural group. Mentors and apprentices must apply together and include information about the art form, their skill level, a project outline and work samples. Special consideration may be given to first-time applicants, endangered art forms, geographic location, or artistic discipline.

Examples of eligible art forms practiced in Wyoming include, but are not limited to: saddlemaking, cowboy poetry, beading and quill work, quilting, rawhide braiding, pow wow songs and dances, German-Russian Dutch Hop, Mexican ballet folklorico, wood carving, rug braiding, fly tying, Japanese paper arts, and more. 

Applications will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Quality of the work as demonstrated by the support materials of both the master and the apprentice.
  • How the art form and artists fit within the definition of folk and traditional art.
  • Priority may be given to projects that involve endangered traditions and/or art forms.
  • Commitment of the apprentice to continuing the traditional skills learned.
  • Feasibility of the proposed work plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174052

Number of Grants:

Up to 4 projects will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,000 for each project ($2,300 for the master artist’s honorarium and $700 for supplies and travel). All project costs over $3,000 must be paid by the award recipients.

Term of Contract:

The mentorship must take place between July 1 and June 30 and projects must be no shorter than six months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must share a common cultural group and the art form must reflect the aesthetics of the shared group. In-family mentorships are allowed.
- Master and apprentice must apply together.
- Artists may participate in only one Mentoring Project each year.
- Apprentices must be Wyoming residents for at least two years prior to application.
- Apprentices should not be younger than 18 years of age.
- Apprentices must be at a proficient level of skill at the time of the application.
- Apprentices must demonstrate a serious long-term commitment to continuing the art form.

Not Eligible:
- Master artists who received a grant last year
- The work of contemporary studio artists or re-creations of historic repertoires or antiques.
- Academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
- Projects less than six (6) months.
- Workshops or conferences.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Proposals are due by May 1, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

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Accommodations can be made for applicants with limited access to a computer or internet.

Direct questions to:
Josh Chrysler

Wyoming Arts Council
2301 Central Ave.
Barrett Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
P: 307-777-7742

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wyoming

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