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WAC Mentoring Project Grants

Grants to Wyoming Professional Artists and Apprentices
to Pass Down Shared Cultural Arts and Traditions

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Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) and National Endowment for the Arts

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Grants of $3,000 to Wyoming experienced individual artists and their apprentices for projects that will pass down shared traditional and folk art skills through hands-on training. All forms of art are invited, including music, crafts, dance, and more. The artists applying together must have a shared cultural group. Mentors and apprentices must apply together and include information about the art form, their skill level, a project outline and work samples.

Applications will 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 3 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 January through October, and projects must be no shorter than six (6) 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:

- 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:

Proposals are due September 1, 2017. Support materials are due September 10, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Annie Hatch, Folklorist and Access Specialist
Phone: 307-777-7721

Wyoming Arts Council
2301 Central Ave.
Barrett Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wyoming